Stellenbosch Golf Course

The historic university town of Stellenbosch makes for a great day trip from Cape Town. It's at the heart of the Cape Wine Route and close to the culinary delights of Franschhoek, so there's a lot to be said for combining a round at Stellenbosch Golf Club with a little wining and dining. Established in 1904, Stellenbosch GC is among South Africa's oldest clubs.

It's no stranger to tour professionals either, having hosted the South African Open in 1999. Home-town favourite (and full-time wine guru) David Frost took a popular win on that occasion, and Stellenbosch GC's star has been on the rise ever since.

The course itself makes for a lovely stroll, and it's generally a pleasant layout for all skill levels. Although the elevated par 3 seventh (131m) is the signature hole at Stellenbosch, it's really that whole corner of the course that stands out. The par 4 sixth plays at almost 400 metres to an elevated green, with the added twist of an approach that offers you the chance to fly it right over the corner of a vineyard.

You then negotiate the seventh before changing direction to tackle the par 5 eighth. This hole features one of the few intimidating tee shots on the course as it's semi-blind and played to a fairway sloping left towards yet another off-limits vineyard. Hole 18 (325m par 4) is a great finishing hole but watch out for the water at the front of the green.

While Stellenbosch is an easy walking course, bear in mind that the town can be several degrees warmer than Cape Town when the sun is out. So a drink often goes down well here, even in mid-winter. Fortunately the club is well-equipped in this regard, boasting one of the country's most pleasant terraces as well as a spacious traditional bar. Other features include a fully stocked pro shop and finely furnished locker rooms.

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