Length of course: Men 6028 m Ladies 5410 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: Booking essential
Club Professional: Graeme Whale 041 373 1212
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Yes – putting, chipping greens and driving range with hire balls
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house
Location: Westview Drive, Mill Park
CEO: David Nicholas
Postal address: P.O.Box 27985, Green Acres 6057
Phone: 041 374 3140
Fax: 041 374 3276
A FRIENDLY WELCOME UP ON THE HILL
Any club that has been in existence for 120 years is bound to be steeped in tradition and the Port Elizabeth Golf Club, known to locals as ‘The Hill’, is such a club. You only have to spend a few minutes reading the honours boards, hung in the gracious, spacious and renovated clubhouse, to realise this.
Renovations and improvements have also taken place on the golf course throughout the intervening years and the consequence is that this golf experience provides for the demand of today’s standards, without impinging on the tradition and essence of such an historical club.
Added to the charm of the experience here is that the club is located in the ‘Friendly City’, as Port Elizabeth is known throughout South Africa, and the welcome received here always punctuates this reputation.
The golf course itself adds value to your experience, as it provides some truly challenging tests of your golfing skills. This 18-hole parkland course has spectacular garden features with wild strelizas and palms as noticeable features. An added bonus of the on-going improvements is that the visitor will enjoy superb Bent Grass greens. The fairways meander along an undulating layout through a variety of trees, the most prominent being the colourful coral trees.
Gould’s Special Note:
On my last visit the course was suffering greatly from a severe drought that had lasted a long time in the Eastern Cape. The passion to maintain this course at its best under the circumstances from the management and members was impressive, AND the friendly welcome was, as always!
15th Hole – Par 4 – Men 408 m Ladies 345 m
Although trees line both sides of the fairway, there is a wide expanse of cut fairway to aim for. This long hole doglegs right, so most players tend to aim for the left. The longer hitters can go over the trees on the right-hand side. This provides an easier shot to a difficult sloping green. Accuracy is paramount, no matter where the pin is placed. Three deep bunkers, two on the right, and one front left also guard the green.
16th Hole – Par 4 – Men 304 m Ladies 302 m
This gentle par 4 is again tree-lined, but there is a fairly wide fairway, which slopes upwards to yet another rolling green. Two bunkers guard the green and no less than five fairway bunkers need to be avoided. The danger is playing an approach too long, because the return putt is on a surface that slopes sharply back towards the fairway.
17th Hole – Par 3 – Men 154 m Ladies 101 m
This is The Hill’s ‘Signature Hole’. It is a picturesque and tough short hole, which has a difficult sloping green guarded by a bunker left and water right. Even a slightly misdirected shot can often get wet! Magnificent palm trees stand like sentinels on guard at the back of the green, adding to the visual splendour of the hole.
From Beach Road, which runs along the coast, turn into Settlers Way, take the Mount Road junction and at the traffic lights turn right into Cape Road. Take the first left into Westview Drive, which will lead you to the entrance of the golf club.