Nearly 90 years old, this course is a parklands regarded as a must-play during a visit to Cape Town. Next to the bustling Kalk Bay in the Silvermine Valley, the course highlights mountain views and the Silvermine river which works it way into the layout.
Not long by modern standards, golfers are put to the test with narrow tree-lined fairways and greens that vary from small to rather large. The breeze will add an extra element as it toughens up many of the holes that play to elevated tee boxes. The first is a sharp dogleg right forcing most to take on the corner, get it wrong and your day won’t be off to a dream start. The next two par 4s are short and must be taken advantage of before the difficult fourth. At just 340m, you’d be wrong if you thought this hole was easy as the river guards the left before opening up to protect the green. Missing the fairway right blocks out the line of sight as trouble lurks.
The sixth and eighth are par 3s played to raised putting surfaces and often require long irons with the ninth at testing par 5 to close. Trouble left means the drive must be well-placed with a long-lay up required before pitching to arguably the toughest green on the course as it slopes from back to front and left to right.
The back nine starts like the first expect this time the dogleft is left. Bailing out right often has players on the 12th fairway as this easy par 5 turns into a difficult one. By now, swirling winds and narrow fairways will be playing tricks on you as any errant tee shot is likely to be met with trouble.
The 13th and 14th are again short par 4s with birdies on offer before the long par 5 15th puts your allround skills to the test. Water down the right and then again short and to the left of the green will have you concentrating on executing the best swing possible.
The penultimate hole is the longest on the course and is one that is well-protected with clever bunker positioning.
The closing hole is often spoken about after the round. The green, small but wide, is highly elevated and perched on the hill which makes your approach position key. The hole must be thought about back to front as the scorecard will tell you it plays just 280 metres. Bunkers guard the left and trees protect the right in what many club members call the shortest par 5 on the course.
A trip down the coast is a must with conditions always near their best at Clovelly. The friendly staff and well-stocked Pro Shop make it a worthwhile stop for foreign guests and locals alike.
Make time for a drink on the balcony on a summer’s day, it’s one of the most beautiful places to spend time with family and friends. The friendly peacocks add a touch of colour to the golden sunsets on display.
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