One of the Cape’s most esteemed courses, Steenberg is a Peter Matkovic-designed beauty. It offers playability for the higher handicappers and a challenge off the back tees for those more skilled. The greens are complex and require flawless lines and good technique to score well but before that there is a long way to go into getting onto the putting surface.

As part of the estate that features fine dining and wine tasting experiences, the course is looked down upon by the Stone Mountain range and is played between numerous vineyards and water features.

Like many Cape Town courses, wind may just be the factor between a personal best and a difficult round but the immaculate views put golf into perspective.

The par 3 seventh is easily the standout hole on the opening loop as the short hole slightly downhill to a green protected by bunkers and water left and at the back.

The inward nine starts off with some scoring holes provided you are laser-like with your tee shot. Anything else and birdies will quickly turn into bogeys. The 11th is a drivable par four but only for those not worried about water down the left and bunkers to the right before the dogleg par 5 12th offers a good chance of birdie. Once again, you must successfully navigate the tee shot which demands a long, draw while your iron approach must leave you on the correct level of the three-tiered green.

The 17th hole is another picture perfect par 3 which places its emphasis on club selection such is the gradient change. The closing hole, which is watched by the verandah and crowds already finished, is a three-shot par 5 for most with water again in play; this time cutting off the fairway after your tee shot and sitting in wait to the right of the putting surface.

As with all Matkovic designs, the greens are complex and offer few easy “up and downs” if you are wayward off the tee. Those problems, however, vanish as you enjoy your afternoon in the sun at the 19th.

T7B Tip

The course is relatively flat, so abandon the cart and take a walk. Better yet, employ one of the club’s expert caddies to guide you around especially on the greens.

Website

Visit the official website at
www.steenberggolfclub.co.za

Booking Number

+27 (0) 21 715 0227

Wade Pretorius

Wade Pretorius

Shortly after shelving a career in law, he took the plunge of moving into sports journalism with a view to matching his passion with a viable career option. Since then, Wade has worked at the two of South Africa’s biggest media outlets and continues to forge a career in sport. He has interviewed the country’s best golfers and ventured onto the best courses as his passion continues to lead him into new avenues. Known for a strong opinion, his voice has been heard on 5fm, Cliff Central, SAFM with in-studio appearances on the Expresso Show and the China Global Television Network. Off the course, he has his hands full with a two-year-old girl Ava and two dogs, a pug named Rickie and a Frenchie named Louis (can you guess the golfers they were named after?)

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