Length of Course: Men 5937 m Ladies 5083 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: Welcome weekdays and weekends subject to availability
Teaching Professional: Lawrence Collen (Swingfit)
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Warm-up area, chipping and putting greens
Golf Experience Manager: Alfie Payne
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys and drive carts
Catering: Bar, terrace restaurant, halfway house
Location: Off the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West
General Manager: Dave Hansen
Postal address: P.O.Box 12706, Die Boord, Stellenbosch 7613
Phone: 021 880 7300 (switchboard)
Fax: 021 880 1976
Phone: 021 880 7308/9 (pro shop)
A CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE MATURES
The De Zalze Golf Club opened in the latter part of 2000. At that time I wrote that the golf course was destined to mature into one of the Cape’s finest golf venues. Today, the 18-hole course, set on the 300-hectare greater De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, which encompasses the golf course, Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, the Kleine Zalze Lodge (47 rooms), Winelands Lodge (70 rooms) and Terroir Restaurant, has not only matured enough to achieve my personal prediction, but also earned itself international recognition, when it hosted both the Eisenhower trophy and the Espirito Santo Trophy in October 2006. It is ranked in the top 4 in the Western Cape.
The golfing gladiators, representing their countries in these major events, (the world’s best amateur men and women) were to savour the immaculate condition of a course layout in the midst of working vineyards and orchards backed by the spectacular Stellenbosch Mountain Range. The golf course, as in most of today’s new estates, is at the heart of a real estate development and it is easy to gauge the success of the development by the abundance of architecturally pleasing homes that surround the course. The pleasure here, for both the residents and the golfers, is that careful planning has ensured that individual vineyards, creating natural and scenic barriers between the golf course and the residential lifestyle, front all the homes.
The estate is in the heart of the famous winelands area of the Cape and the superb holes are set on rolling and undulating terrain. These meander between grape on the vine, fruit on the tree and an array of superb water features, the most memorable being the lake that borders the 11th, 12th and 13th holes. Peter Matkovich, South Africa’s famed golf course architect, known for his motto ‘listen to the land’ designed this course.
Gould’s Special Note:
De Zalze was awarded Fair Trade in Tourism certification, testimony to DZGC’s sustainable practices. This was a world first for ‘fair trade on the fairways’.
Recipient of the Compleat Golfer Magazine’s prestigious ‘Five Star Golf Experience’.
The course has excellent Kikuyu fairways and large Bent Grass greens, all with the Matkovich trademark of finely manicured aprons. Many who play this course will forever remember the 13h hole, where from an island tee, a high risk shot over water will allow this par 4 green to be reached in one. However, accuracy is at a premium to avoid a watery grave. The more prudent players will aim for the curving fairway lined by tall pines and sandy hazards.
Gould’s Special Note:
Adjoining the golf course is the Kleine Zalze Wine Estate. The Terroir Restaurant in this location is one of my personal favourites and consistently in the top 10 in South Africa.
Taking the N2 out of Cape Town, take exit 43 and left onto the R44 towards Stellenbosch. You will turn left off the R44 into the De Zalze Golf Estate.
Taking the N1 out of Cape Town. Take Exit 47 onto the R44 towards Stellenbosch. Follow the Stellenbosch bypass remaining on the R44 and the entrance to the club is on the right a few kilometres out of town and just past the Stellenbosch Golf course also on the right.