Length of Course: Men 5851 m Ladies 5024 m
Type of Course: Coastal Parkland
Visitors: Advisable to book in advance
Club Professional: Francois van den Bos 021 854 3309
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Putting greens, driving range
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies, drive carts
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfway house
Location: Beach Road, Strand Golf Club
General Manager: Cornie Blom
Postal Address: P.O.Box 27, Strand, 7139
Phone: 021 853 6268
Fax: 021 854 6281
This course opened in 1994 and its proximity to the sea and the resulting off and on-shore breezes have added to the challenge on the course.
The course has, in the interim years, continuously matured with a caring committee and membership constantly striving to add value to an already excellent challenge. Testament to this was when, in 2007, the club deservedly received the award as ‘The Most Improved Course in the Cape’ from the Compleat Golfer magazine.
The prominent features of the course are the abundant water and bunker hazards and the excellent and often undulating greens.
Indeed since its inception the golf course has gained a deserved reputation for the standards of the putting surfaces, especially as the Bent Grass used on these greens often suffers when so near to the sea.
The commitment to improvement is reflected in the maturing of the two-and-a-half thousand trees that have been introduced on the course. This was necessary as, though many of the holes were tree-lined to begin with, a large portion of the course was wide-open, giving a semi-links atmosphere. With the wind factor a regular challenge, added protection from the elements has enhanced the experience and the visual beauty of the course.
Gould’s Special Note:
Cornie Blom, the manager and Francois van den Bos, the club professional, have been at the club since its inception. This is a sign of good people at a good club!
2nd Hole – Par 5 – Men 403 m Ladies 382 m
This hole meanders first right then left through an avenue of trees. There is a large tree on the right encroaching on the fairway and the ideal tee shot, aimed at a narrow target, should be just left of this tree. A river runs along the left of the fairway and longer hitters will go over the tree and then with a long iron through a continuing narrow gap.
3rd Hole – Par 3 – Men 134 m Ladies 126 m
Here you are hitting a short iron to a green protected by a clover-leaf-shaped bunker on the left and the trees and river fronting the tee should not pose a problem. Problems, however, will arise if the shot is too far left into the trees or if it is too long or to the right where the ball will roll away on the undulating slopes guarding the green. Playing from the back tees, the hole is 193 metres and a completely different prospect!
4th Hole – Par 4 – Men 241 m Ladies 206 m
This hole is short but don’t be misled into thinking that you can relax because it really is a tight driving hole. An iron for placement and accuracy is required off the tee. Low bush and brush guard either side of the narrow fairway before the hole takes a slight turn to the left. The second shot is to a narrow green that is protected by a back bunker and a bunker front right, OR you can drive the green!
Travelling from Cape Town, take the N2 and take the Stellenbosch/Broadway exit (Exit 43). Turn right onto the R44 (Beach Road) and at the fourth set of traffic lights turn right into Beach Road, which leads to the entrance of the club on the left.