Westlake

This parkland layout sits beautifully at the foot of the Silvermine mountains and is only a 25 minute drive from Cape Town CBD and 15 minutes from the Southern Suburbs. The beautiful setting, abundant bird life (look out for the iconic fish eagle) and accessibility make Westlake one of the most popular courses in Cape Town. Top South African cricketers like Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher are all members here, so you're in good company playing Westlake.

The testing-yet-forgiving design is another reason Westlake is so popular with golfers of all abilities. It's testing, in that wayward shots will almost invariably be punished by a spell in the trees, but it's forgiving, in that there aren't many places where you'll actually lose balls. The frequent winds here can be a challenge, but when the breeze is at your back you may have a chance of reaching a couple of the par-fives in two .Among Westlake's memorable holes is the short par-four eighth, which is driveable when the wind's in your favour.

Tempting though that can be, bear in mind that the water and bunkers flanking the green can easily punish the greedy eagle-seekers and a downhill bunker shot with the water behind the green is not for the feint hearted. The short 15th was voted one of South Africa's holes that you are most likely to ace, and if the pin is in front a pitching wedge is all it will take. Watch out for the hidden water to the right of the 16th tee and make sure you can draw your drive on the 18th or you'll likely be punching out of the trees.

Westlake is known as one of Cape Town's friendliest clubs, and offers an unpretentious 19th hole and a small pro shop that can cater for most of your needs. The halfway house whips up a variety of quick meals in no time at all, and the Cornish pasty (both meaty and enormous) comes highly recommended!

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