Length of Course: Men 6020 m Ladies 4973 m
Type of Course: Open parkland
Visitors: Always welcome
Club Professional: Val Holland
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting and chipping greens
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, Battery operated trolleys and Electric carts
Catering: Bar, halfway house, restaurant
Location: Plattner Boulevard, George
Contact: Val Holland
Postal Address: P.O.Box 9150, George 6530
Phone: 086 172 7170
Fax: 044 802 0713
MORE THAN A LITTLE SPECIAL
South Africa’s most successful lady golfer, Sally Little, has given her signature to this golf course. This fact alone brings with it a sense of class, achievement, finesse and character. Added to these ingredients are the design skills of Danie Obermeyer, one of South Africa’s most exciting new golf course architects who, with Little, have managed to create a golf layout that has a unique brand of excitement about it.
The course, built on a rolling landscape, and at the heart of an innovative real estate development has first a sense of space due to seemingly wide-open fairways; second it offers an array of visually pleasant holes, some which are seen from high vantage locations and some in a tranquil serene and protected valley. Then, there is the quite intimidating, yet aesthetically memorable challenge of the feature bunkers throughout the course.
The bunkers are geotextile, a modern innovation promoting easier maintenance and environmental advantages, while surely adding a little more concern for the golfer. In fact, take away the mental intimidation of the first sighting, the golfer will find that the challenge isn’t quite as daunting as first thought and the impact of such innovation remains a talking point on this golfing experience. Another feature to be remembered is the elevated greens on some of the holes, which require precision in not only club selection, but also lofted delicacy in the shot.
The Kingswood Estate is sandwiched between the borders of Fancourt’s famed Links and the renowned George Golf Club. Today, this exciting challenge is a tasty morsel adding much to the flavour of this golfing paradise in the heart of the Garden Route.
The challenges on offer and the design footprints created by Sally Little and Danie Obermeyer take you on a roller coaster ride around what I call a ‘his and her’ layout.
Danie Obermeyer (who was a colleague during our time at Fancourt several years ago) describes the course. ‘This isn’t a very long course, hence the strong bunkering style. The toughest part of the course is the par 3s. These are very aesthetic and demanding. There are three very tough par 4s (13, 14 and 16) and one very strong par 5 (15). The balance of the holes are not long and are player friendly. The concept being to have eight really strong holes, and 10 which vary in length and relative difficulty. The course is actually a parkland type of course, but it does have a links feel to it due to the bunkering and the grasses used. All the roughs are planted with indigenous grasses native to South Africa. The fairways are Kikuyu and we have Bent Grass greens.’
Gould’s Special Note
Val Holland is the national coach for the South African ladies team and time on Kingswood’s excellent practice range will be worthwhile during your visit. AND the greens on this course are superb.
From Cape Town to George on the N2 take the York Street turn-off towards George. Turn left into Plattner Boulevard and 2 km along, turn right into Kingswood.