Length of Course: Men 5922 m Ladies 5020 m
Type of Course: Parkland Par: 72
Visitors: Wednesday afternoon and Saturday reserved for members
Director of Golf: Louis Destroo
PGA Teaching Professional: Erich Kliem (fluent in German)
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting greens
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house and snacks
Location: Strand Road (R44) Stellenbosch
General Manager: Vivian van Wyk
Postal address: P.O.Box 277, Stellenbosch 7599
Phone: 021 880 0103
Fax: 021 880 0260
SNAKES AND GRAPES
As you approach the university town of Stellenbosch, you will notice the Simonsberg Mountain that forms an imposing backdrop for this picturesque town. Legend has it that the mountain is actually the sleeping form of Simon Van Der Stel (after whom Stellenbosch was named) and that, should he ever be awakened the town would face serious problems. I cannot help but think that Mr. Van Der Stel has one eye sneakily opened to peek at the majestic scenery that surrounds this historical town, for who could sleep through such beauty? His gaze will also no doubt fall on the beautiful tree-lined fairways of the Stellenbosch Golf Club, surrounded by mountain slopes under vine. The tree-lined fairways may be intimidating at first, because of the sometimes-narrow framework, but plenty of space is available for a clever game plan. In 1999 the club hosted the South African Open Championship and several improvements were made, including new water hazards at the 12th and 18th holes. In the ensuing years, under the guidance of a vibrant new committee, course improvements have continued. In 2005 brand new greens were introduced and these now serve as the cherry on the top of the challenge at each individual hole.
Gould’s Special Note:
Stellenbosch also co-hosted the 25th World Amateur Team Championships 2006. The ladies competed for the Espirito Santo Trophy while the men competed for the Eisenhower Trophy. Proud host of the SA Masters 1986, 1990 and SA Open 1999
The clubhouse has been substantially upgraded and it is worth enjoying the 19th hole on the terrace to savour the surrounding mountain scenery.
The course has a reputation for having an abundance of trees, and while this is true on many of the holes, there are many that allow respite from these, though water, sloping fairways and clever bunkering are regular intrusions.
6th Hole – Par 4 – Men 371 m Ladies 278 m
This is a difficult hole with a vineyard to the left of the fairway and the green perched up on a hill behind. Your drive should preferably be down the left middle of the fairway. The green sits well above the fairway and is protected by trees fronting it and a steep bank front and left. Club selection is all-important to ensure a carry all the way to the target.
7th Hole – Par 3 – Men 130 m Ladies 121 m
This is the shortest hole on the course but certainly not the easiest. The green is wide with a severe bunker at the front stretching from the middle to the right hand side. It is positioned at the bottom of a hill and requires no more than an eight or nine iron in order to carry the tee shot all the way. Anything hit short will bounce forward through the green where bunkers will stop the ball from running out of bounds.
8th Hole – Par 5 – Men 440 m Ladies 347 m
This hole was always known to the locals as ‘Snakes and Grapes’ with snakes to the right in the thick bush and grapes growing in the original vineyards to the left. The fairway slopes steeply from right to left and the tee shot should be played to the high right in order for the ball to finish in the middle. The second is likely to be above the feet and care must be taken against a pull shot back to the vines. At the green, there is a deep bunker to the left and the green itself slopes uphill. It is prudent to leave the approach shot below the pin.
From Cape Town take the N2 and take Exit 43 (R44 to Stellenbosch). Continue for approximately 15 km past the De Zalze Golf Course and the Stellenbosch Course entrance is on the left.