Knysna Golf Course

Knysna Golf Course

Length of Course: Men 5924 m Ladies 5168 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Par: 73
Holes: 18
Visitors: Any day but should make prior arrangements.
Club Professional: No (private shop) Grahame Procter
e-mail: golfshop@knysnagolfclub.com
Tuition: Yes
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Yes – own balls, putting green, 100 m practice facility
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts (bookings essential)
Catering: Bar, halfway house
Location: Howard Street, Hunters Home
General Manager: Quinten Webster
Postal address: P.O.Box 110, Knysna 6570
Phone: 044 384 1150 Simon Terblanche
Fax: 044 384 1150/384 1033
e-mail: bookings@knysnagolfclub.com
web: www.knysnagolfclub.com

BLUE LAGOON ON FIRE

On Wednesday 13 January 2010, just after prize-giving, the Knysna Clubhouse caught fire and blustery conditions fanned the flames to such an extent that within 15 minutes the whole of the building was aflame. No one was hurt, though many of the members lost their clubs. Sadly, this was to bring a newly refurbished and upgraded clubhouse to ashes.

This club however has an exceptional club spirit and membership and on my visit only a few days later, temporary marquees housing the pro-shop, a halfway house and bar were in place and the course was open for play for all.

Today, the visitor will find a quite spectacular new clubhouse, indeed operationally and aesthetically perfect, to complement the flat course, threading its way through tall bluegums and pines, which fortuneately has been unaffected by the fire. Indeed, as always, this less fatiguing course than some of the more modern courses continues to provide a pleasant walk and challenge in the very scenic surrounds bordering the famous Knysna Lagoon.

Water features and well-shaped and manicured bunkers act as both a pleasant visual feature and challenges leading to excellent greens. The experience is further enhanced while strolling through well-defined tree-lined fairways offering views of the surrounding hills. Noticeable during the round on this primarily flat golf course is the abundance of bird life and colourful flowers.

Gould’s Special Note

This club is legendary for its social atmosphere and camaraderie – I am sure this  is even more enhanced by the new clubhouse and I wish all the members (and the visitors) much success in keeping this legend alive.

THE COURSE

Set on low-lying flat land near the Knysna Lagoon, the course was in the past years prone to flooding at certain periods of the year. Today, this no longer applies, as part of the continuing improvements have made provision for flood barriers and the course remains open year-round.
9th Hole – Par 5 – Men 442 m Ladies 371 m
A narrow tee provides the launching pad to this par 5. From here you will see a wide fairway, though your mental perspective might narrow this as trouble lies on both sides. Pampas grass and reeds escort you all the way to the green and a variety of trees add to the visual effect. As mentioned, the fairway is wide and, staying straight, you will reach a green that doglegs left around a deep and large bunker fronting it.
16th Hole – Par 5 – Men 502 m Ladies 407 m
On the left side of the fairway, bluegums and pines guide the fairway gently to the right. A similar assortment of trees guards the right. The mountain silhouette and residential houses sprinkled along the slopes give you the Knysna feel of tranquillity. The fairway is wide but narrows towards the green, where water provides a testing moment to an elevated target with a long a narrow sand trap guarding the right.

Directions:

Turn off the N2 at Knysna onto George Hex Drive, leading to the East Head and take the fourth turning to the left. The club is on your right-hand side in Howard Street. Golf Club is clearly signposted.