Length of Course: 1/18 5046 m 1/9–19/27 4923 m
10/18–19/27 5046 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Par: 72 on all configurations
Visitors: Booking essential
Club Professional: Ben Fouchee 082 990 7161
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Separate driving range, putting greens, chipping greens
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies, drive carts
Catering: Restaurant, halfway house, bar, conference facilities
Location: Wemmershoek Road, Paarl
General Manager: Marion Stewart
Postal address: 848 Boschenmeer Estate, Paarl, 7646
Phone: 021 863 1140
Fax: 021 863 3660
PEARLS AMONG THE VINES
The sensational Paarl Valley area provides the setting for this unique 27-hole layout at the heart of a successful real estate development. The Paarl Golf Club, formed in 1908, moved a couple of times prior to settling into its current location in 1955. Since that time the course has been regarded as one of the Cape’s truly charming, memorable and unspoiled country courses. Nestling below the famed Paarl Rock and blessed with an abundance of trees and vineyard surrounds, the course gained a deserved reputation for its year-round quality and consistency.
In subsequent years, the ever-increasing demand for ‘fairway living’ in South Africa allowed for an innovative re-planning and renovation programme to the Paarl Golf Club.
In 1999, nine new holes, known as the ‘Boschenmeer-nine’ were introduced to accommodate the introduction of home sites and to allow the existing 18 holes to be renovated and indeed improved on. The improvements are quite exceptional. David Frost, South Africa’s internationally famous golfer, was retained to consult on the design of the new 9 holes and the redesign of the traditional 18, as he remains a local hero, having learnt his golf on the course and nowadays producing excellent wines from his ‘Paarl Valley’ wine estate.
The resulting 27 holes offer a splendid mix of tree-lined fairways and challenging and visually spectacular water features, all leading to superb, large putting surfaces. The charm of the original Ken Elkin design has not been lost in any way, as the Berg River, which runs along the southern border of the estate, and the Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains remain natural features enhancing the experience.
Gould’s Special Note:
The club has a very social membership and plans are in place to upgrade the social facilities, such as the conferencing venue and upstairs bar and dining area. Permission for a further nine holes is under investigation, which will no doubt be dependant on an improving economic climate.
With 27 holes there are three 18-hole options and each configuration is a pearl in itself. Without doubt, a further 9 holes would make this a spectacular 36-hole destination.
10th Hole – Par 5 – Men 461 m Ladies 414 m
This hole provides a wonderful and classic start to the second nine. There is only a narrow landing area from the tee. This is between trees on the right and a picturesque water hazard to the left. The fairway curves gently around the water and straightens to lead uphill to a large, challenging green. Bunkers short of this green make for a more difficult perspective.
19th Hole – Par 4 – Men 359 m Ladies 294 m
A huge dam that divides the 19th and 27th holes looms large on the left. Three bunkers and trees wait on the right for the too cautious tee shot. The fairway sweeps gently left and water will have to be carried if the tee shot has taken a tight line to the dam. A bunker right protects a large, wide green.
From Cape Town, take the N1 and take Exit 59 Wellington/Jan van Riebeeck Drive. At the stop turn right and the entrance to the course is 500 m to the right.