The opening of Strand Golf Course in 1994 in Cape Town, South Africa, was met with excitement by the Western Cape Golf fraternity.
Designed by Golf Data, the course boasts breath-taking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range and is adjacent to the popular coastal town of Strand.
Strand Golf Course Review
Located near the stunning Cape Winelands, Strand Golf Course offers a tranquil environment near the sea, enclosed by the mighty views of the mountains.
- Service is good
- Water features and bird life on the course add to the experience
- Greens are well manicured
- Beautiful surrounding scenery
Strand Golf Course is an ‘open golf course’ and welcomes any visitors. Bookings can be made at strandgolfclub.co.za and is highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
- Green fees: 40$ (R570)
- Cart fee (not mandatory): 24$ (R340)
Pace Of Play
Pace of play in South Africa is generally slow and Strand Golf Course is no exception to this rule.
- Allow at least 4:45 hours for 18 holes and 5 hours to be safe on bust days.
Course Par and Overall Yardage
|Par||Red (Ladies)||Yellow (Seniors)||White (Men)|
|Course Details||Strand Golf Club|
|Address||Beach Road, Strand, Cape Town, 7140|
|Tel No.||+27 21 854 3309|
|Club Manager||Cornie Blom|
|Golf Director||Francois Van De Bos|
Strand Detailed Review
Strand golf course offers spectacular views and a relaxed round of golf on terrain best described as ‘flat with water hazards’.
It is one of the newest golf courses in the Cape and after planting over 2,000 trees, it has quickly developed into a well-established club famous for its immaculate greens and interesting water features.
Conveniently located close to the N2, the major highway linking the Cape Winelands and Cape Town, it is a popular destination for holiday makers looking to play a round.
The course was awarded the “Most Improved Course in the Cape” by The Complete Golfer Magazine in 2007, just 13 years after opening, proving its dedication to providing good quality service.
Located near the Indian Ocean of False Bay, it is no surprise that your ability to contend with the odd gust of the infamous ‘South-Easterly’ wind will determine the outcome of your round.
Strand Golf Club reflects a traditional golf course setup in that it has 4 par 4’s, 4 par 3’s and 10 par 4’s. The course is only 5,760m but like is often the case with many clubs in Cape Town, the 11 water hazards and challenge of contending with the wind make up for the lack of distance.
It is clear that the distance was sacrificed on the par 4’s, with none of them spanning over 400m.
To make it more challenging, however, the club added water along the whole width of the fairway just before the green on three of the par 4’s, which makes club choice paramount.
Long hitters may be able to drive the green if they are accurate and willing to risk the water.
Majority of the par 3’s prove no real issue for any golfer – high or low handicapper – as the average distance is 160m.
The first par 3 on the back 9, however, earns its stroke 3 rating as it is 197m with water at the back providing a stern test of distance control on the longer club.
The greens at Strand Golf Course are well-known for being undulating.
The staff and members at Strand Golf Course have earned an excellent reputation for taking great pride in their manicured fairways and well-kept greens.
There is fantastic grass coverage both on the fairway and the greens. It is refreshing to see that the condition of the course has not been compromised by the recent drought experienced in the Western Cape.
The water features are clear and provide a dynamic characteristic to the course as they attract unique bird life, showing off what local nature has to offer.
Measuring a mere 5,760m, the course appeals to the higher handicapper who cannot generate a lot of distance.
In contrast however, the challenge of the wind, water hazards and interesting club selection that is needed, the course proves to test the lower handicappers as well.
The greens are well-known for being undulating and challenge even the professional golfers’ reading skills.
During the winter, which is the rainy season in the Western Cape, the ground can be quite soft, which makes getting out of the rough a challenge.
The club provides golfers with access to a driving range, chipping green, as well as a putting green to practice or warm up before your round.
There is also a Pro Shop with golfing equipment and accessory’s albeit with limited stock.
The half-way house has a restaurant with a wide variety of options and friendly staff. The opportunity to wind down after your round and have a drink in the upstairs bar is a tasteful addition to the day.
The major disappointment is the simplistic cloakrooms that appear to have had no work done to modernize them since the opening in 1994. Although one can attribute some charm to their shabby look.
A visually intimidating hole 2, par 5, with two big trees occupying space in the middle of the fairway is our favourite.
An inconsistent drive will mean hitting the trees and possibly losing your ball into the rough, makes laying up with an iron a safe bet.
Spanning only 418m, the green is easily reachable in two shots, if you are able to navigate around the trees. But hit the trees, and you run the risk of that birdie quickly turning into a bogey.
Least Favourite Hole
Hole number four is quite possibly the easiest hole I have ever played. It is a 237m long, drivable par 4 with nothing but 2 shallow bunkers in your line to the pin.
Long hitters risk the possibility of their ball being propelled into the car park directly at the back of the green.