Royal Cape Golf Course was founded in 1885 and is the oldest and most exclusive club in South Africa. A typical parkland layout it features narrow fairways lined by trees that will punish the errant drive off the tee.
Situated just a 20 minute drive from the city centre, it is a true championship course, having hosted the South African Open eleven times and the South African Amateur Championships eight times, it has recently undertaken a reconstruction programme of all eighteen greens strictly adhering to USGA specifications. The course today is a fine test of golf especially when the south-easter is blowing.
Essentially it is a flat parkland course, well maintained and a pleasure to play with lovely views of the Table Mountain range.
Wayward shots are penalised by trees and the greens are well bunkered. There is also plenty of water on the course, particularly at the corner of the 3rd, 4th and 5th holes and also at the 14th, 15th and 16th holes. The most difficult holes are the par 4 third, at 435m the longest two-shotter on the course, and the par 4 fourteenth when played into the teeth of the prevailing south-easter with water guarding the right of the green.
Signature Hole: The dogleg par-four 14th is a tough hole that you have to play carefully to avoid a large water hazard that comes in to guard the right of the green. Walk away with a par and you will be well pleased.
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