Length of course: Men 5711 m Ladies 5029 m
Type of Course: Semi-desert
Visitors: No restrictions
Club Professional: No
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Yes – own balls, putting green
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys, caddies and drive carts
Catering: Bar, halfway house
Location: Kolie Nelson Drive, Worcester
General Manager: Martin van Wyk
Postal address: P.O.Box 162, Worcester 6849
Phone: 023 342 7482
Fax: 023 347 5832
The hills that nestle below the large and lengthly Brandwacht Mountain provide interesting terrain for the Worcester Golf Course, described as ‘Karoo bush’ because the fairways follow the contours around these hills and have been carved through Karoo bush scrubland. This low, wiry bush now lines most fairways. As it is an undulating course, you will have some magnificent views of the area, its mountains and the town of Worcester.
Gary Player designed the course and that will give you some idea of its high standard. Some golfers (hookers and slicers in particular) describe the course as harsh, an adequate description, for if you happen to stray off the more than adequately wide fairways, you will find yourself in bush and rock and will be penalised. On the other hand, if you stay on the undulating fairways, you are assured of a really good golfing experience.
The course has had problems with the greens due to the prevailing dry conditions, but I am happy to report that ongoing improvements have resulted in these greens not detracting from this enjoyable challenge. A word of warning: in January and February, Worcester can be unbearably hot, so choose your playing time carefully. A redeeming factor is that this is an ideal winter course and in August and September it is possible to play with snow on the mountain tops, a carpet of wild flowers at your feet and sunshine on your back.
5th Hole – Par 5 – Men 460 m Ladies 393 m
A high elevated tee looks down on a fairway well below, which doglegs right. The Worcester scrubland protects the right and small trees and hillocks guard the other side of the fairway. This is a narrow fairway and the tee shot placement is of prime importance. On reaching the green, you must avoid the dam on the left, which will necessitate aiming high right. Too long and you will have the company of a deep bunker halfway along the green. Too short will find you in a long flattish bunker. A big green, sloping uphill from front to back, is the target.
7th Hole – Par 3 – Men 125 m Ladies 98 m
This is a great short hole with carry all the way over water. From the back tees, the hole is 164 metres, while from the front it is only 120 metres. A solitary bunker protects the right middle, while sleepers curve around the front with the water gently lapping them. The views of the mountain backdrop, the rolling hills, the reeds around the dam and the ducks should add to the pleasure of clearing the water.
Take the N2 out of Cape Town and through the Huguenot Tunnel heading for Worcester. Turn left off the N2 into Roux Weg. Turn left into Ellis Street and left again into Kolie Nelson, which leads to the golf club.