Length of Courses:
Blue 1/9 19/27 Men 5869 m Ladies 5013 m
Red 1/18 Men 5757 m Ladies 4871 m
Green 10/18 19/27 Men 5730 m Ladies 4894 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: Booking in advance essential
Club Professional: Julian Shaw
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting and chipping greens
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, drive carts, caddies
Catering: Bar, halfway house, restaurant
Location: Main Road, Hermanus
General Manager: Sharon Sleigh
Postal Address: P.O.Box 313, Hermanus 7200
Phone: 028 312 1954
Fax: 028 312 2333
A MODERN CLASSIC
Hermanus, on the Cape South Coast, is a charming fishing village, famous for the whales that come here annually to calve. It is popular with Capetonians as a weekend getaway and, during the Christmas and Easter holidays, the resident population of 8000 swells to over 40 000.
Due to this influx, the Hermanus Golf Club has always experienced heavy traffic at certain times of the year. Despite this, the club, blessed with a dedicated and professional management has, over many years, deservedly gained a reputation for excellent year-round standards.
In 2006, this classic country course had a major overhaul with the introduction of nine new holes, based around a new real estate component, and the charming and gentle layout of the past was replaced with modern classically designed holes, that added much to both the visual and challenging aspects of the course, without losing any sense of its former tradition. This tradition, created by original designer Bob Grimsdell, was based around the gentle mountain surrounds, sea views and country hospitality and, though those ingredients remain, this golfing venue has truly reached a new level. This is not surprising, as South Africa’s foremost golf course architect, Peter Matkovich, was retained to infuse his special brand of flair and experience to maximise the potential on this scenic and gentle landscape. The flair is immediately noticeable in the use of new water and rocky features, as well as the introduction of visually pleasant grassy mounds adding definition and shape to the holes. Superb new greens and bunkering have been introduced to the course that has been considerably lengthened. The upgrade and redesign are in conjunction with the introduction of real estate pockets that have been cleverly interspersed into this environment without impacting on the original charm of the golfing experience. The new residents on the estate and regular visitors will tell the first time visitor that the popularity of the area has in recent years been augmented by international visitors, who have discovered that Hermanus has the best land-based whale-watching in the world. The Hermanus Whale Festival, held annually, has become one of the Cape’s most attended events and the southern right whales are pleased to entertain us while they return to calve in this delightful part of the Cape.
Gould’s Special Note:
Julian Shaw, an ex-tour player is the head professional. His teaching credentials are recognised, as he is a South African top 10 teacher. His pleasant manner adds to his reputation.
The remodelling of the original 18 and the addition of a new 9 have achieved a great boost to the challenge of this golf course. The improvements have created an opportunity for a real challenge if the course is played from the back tees, while the introduction of different tees (championship, members, seniors and ladies) allow all levels of golfers to participate in competitions.
The whole feel of the course has been modernised with shaping (fairways, grassy mounds, bunkers, trees and rocky water hazards) all adding a visual, as well as a challenging flow to the course.
Take the N2 out of Cape Town over Sir Lowry’s Pass. Take the R43 turn-off towards Kleinmond and Hermanus. This becomes Main Road as you enter Hermanus. Travel through the town centre and this will bring you to the entrance of the Hermanus Golf Course on your left-hand side.