Length of Course: Men 5840 m Ladies 5126 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: Booking essential
Director of Golf: Johan Piek 021 847 1906
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting green, chipping green
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, drive carts, no caddies
Catering: Bar, halfway house, restaurant
Location: Lourensford Road, Somerset West
Club House Manager: Anton Sloot
Postal address: P.O.Box 3500, Somerset West 7129
Phone: 021 847 1144
Fax: 021 847 1901
In 1996, only a year after its official opening, the Erinvale Golf Course provided a superb venue for the World Cup of Golf, held in South Africa for the first time. A worldwide television audience, and over 84 000 local spectators witnessed South Africa’s Ernie Els and Wayne Westner achieve an incredible victory on home soil.
In 2003 and 2004, more drama unfolded as the SAA Open Championship, the world’s second oldest Open, was held at this scenically splendid golf estate in the heart of the Winelands of the Cape. Local hero and Erinvale member, Trevor Immelman, took advantage of home course knowledge to win back to back championships, the first with a superb birdie on the last hole to pip another South African, Tim Clark, by one shot, and the second with an impressive total of 12 under par 276.
The worldwide television coverage of these events allowed the audiences to marvel at the sensational vistas on and around the golf course, especially the breathtaking finishing stretch of a golf course designed by the legendary Gary Player.
The golf course, built on a narrow stretch of land, escalating sharply uphill and in the shadow of one of the Cape’s most magnificent mountains, the Helderberg, is at the heart of one of South Africa’s pioneering and most successful estate developments. This success was always guaranteed due to its location, on the borders of Somerset West and only half an hour from the vibrant city centre of Cape Town, adding convenience to the extraordinary scenic beauty.
These days a truly cosmopolitan society has evolved into a friendly culture of permanent and semi-permanent residents, who cherish the quality of an environment where the individual tastes and care of each property results in a collective bouquet of impressive architectural styles, adding variety to the collective sense of country living in perfectly manicured garden surroundings.
Gould’s Special Note:
I was once the General Manager here and a member. I speak from experience when I say that you will get an excellent customer journey to add to the joy of playing this course.
This is a course of two moods. The front nine holes are on flat terrain, while the second nine holes rise sharply uphill and down dale, allowing for quite splendid views of the sensational scenery that abounds in this Wineland location. The feature hole at Erinvale is the par 3, 8th hole. However my personal favourite is the downhill par 4, 17th hole, which I would feature in any list of great golf holes.
Gould’s Special Note:
There are no caddies at Erinvale and drive carts are recommended, especially for the undulating second nine.
Take the N2 highway from Cape Town, direction Somerset West. Continue down the N2 past Cape Town International until you get to the Stellenbosch/Broadway exit (Exit 43). At the top of the off-ramp, turn left onto the R44. Continue to the first set of traffic lights and turn right. Continue down Main Road until you reach the fourth set of traffic lights and turn left. Continue down Lourensford Road for approx 6 km and you will see Erinvale on the left. Proceed to the visitors’ entrance for more info.