Royal Port Alfred Golf Course
in St Andrews Road at Port Alfred, which is on the coast more or less
halfway between Port Elizabeth and East London. The club celebrated its centenary in 2007 and was granted
its 'Royal' prefix when the Prince of Wales visited in 1927 - today
his putter is mounted in the bar.
Full of humps and hollows, Royal Port Alfred is a challenging and often
windswept layout. As many as 300 rounds are played per day at the
height of the season in December, but the course is quiet outside of
school and university holidays in the months from
February to October.
With gently rolling topography and wide sweeping views of the distant
Indian Ocean, this course offers many interesting challenges. Royal
Port Alfred is one of our favourites and a pure delight to play. Each
hole has been allocated its own name and the members refer to them as
such, not by their hole numbers
. This club is one of the friendliest to
visitors and has many characters among its membership. The late Hugh
Kelly, a former member of St. Andrews in Scotland, was one such great
character and probably one of the greatest benefactors to the game of
golf in South Africa. His legacy lives on at Royal Port Alfred.
The par 5
(featured above and sometimes referred to by members as Shelly Bitch - when
they carve their drives or seconds into the bush) is a superb Hole.
Requiring a straight drive from an elevated tee, the longer hitters are
tempted to go for it with a blind second shot, to a well bunkered green
surrounded by bush. Greenmantle
is another delightful hole where one
drives from a high elevated tee, over bush to a verdant fairway below
that has thick bush close to the right hand side.
We just love this golf course - it's a favourite.
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