It took just a year for Erinvale to host its first major golf event – the prestigious World Cup of Golf – and it quickly put itself on the map. Designed by one of the greats, Gary Player, and surrounded by the imposing figures of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains it a course that begs for a second round.
A championship course, it also hosted back to back SA Open’s in 2003 and 2004, that offers playability to beginners, Erinvale is the best of both worlds. The front nine offers up a strict test of accuracy while the back nine is a tourist’s dream with stunning panoramic views of the False Bay coastline, vineyards, olive groves and the Helderberg Nature Reserve on display. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve gone from the wine lands to the coast after making the turn at the halfway house.
The experience starts once you have booked in and only gets better with the range arguably one of the county’s most scenic. If golf is about unwinding and enjoying the fresh air, the tempo to the round begins in perfect fashion.
The stretch of holes from the par 5 third to the “straight n narrow” par 4 sixth hole may determine your frame of mind heading into the break. A “short” par five offers birdie and the next hole the same should you avoid water right off the tee and to the green’s right. The fifth is a drivable par four for the bigger hitters that offers rich reward with the sixth being the hardest hole on the course; a tough as nails par four measuring well over 400 metres.
The back nine starts with a “hike” up to the 10th tee box and once you’ve gathered your breath, prepare to lose it. Make sure you charge your phone for the picturesque holes that follow. Picking a favourite is near impossible but the green at the downhill, dogleg left par 5 is one of the quietest, serene places on the course. The standout hole for many comes two holes later with the low stroke par four that presents the highest point on the course. Look out at the view before looking down at the small landing area. The final trio of holes is a match play competition’s dream with a long par 5, a narrow, lengthy par four before arriving at the 18th which is named “pot luck” with Mr Player’s love for bunkered protection in play off the tee and around the green. The course demands good play, lots of photos and a promise to come back and do it all again.
Make a stay out of it and enjoy the estate’s food and spa offerings and it’s central location with trips to Vergelegen, Morgenster and Lourensford just down the road.
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