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In 1996, Erinvale Golf Course hosted the World Cup of Golf.  The players from thirty-two participating nations were left with two lasting memories.  First, the quite majestic play of eventual winners Ernie Els and Wayne Westner playing for the host country South Africa and second, the visual splendour of the surrounds to the Gary Player designer golf course.

  Erinvale clubhouse with Hottentots mountains in the background
View of the Erinvale Country Clubhouse with the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range in the background.

Ernie Els is still a regular visitor and he will vouch that from the championship tees, Erinvale is a real test for any golfer.  It is a course of two moods.  The first nine holes are built on flat terrain with challenging holes made more difficult by strategic water hazards and an array of different style bunkers.  These range from traditional large, well shaped bunkers, to some with railway sleepers holding up steep, sandy slopes.  Sod bunkers (as seen at the 17th at St. Andrews in Scotland) have been introduced by the Gary Player Design Company and these are as challenging as they are aesthetically pleasing.   

The second nine holes are on undulating high ground.  Here the scenic splendour might distract the player from the continuing challenge.  Again, water and bunkers are the main feature with the added test of sloping lies.  The greens at Erinvale are huge and well shaped allowing for several different pin placements.  A feature of the layout is that different coloured flags tell you the position of the pin. 

Erinvale Golf Course layout 
Layout of Erinvale Golf Course - click on picture to enlarge


As with all good courses, Erinvale provides a blend of short and long holes.  The par 5 third hold is relatively short and should yield several birdies as well as the occasional eagle.  A five here will feel like a lost shot to the field.  The short par 4 fifth hole requires avoiding a fairway tree, prior to negotiating a short iron to a long, narrow green protected by bunkers left and water right.


The sixth hole is the stroke one and having avoided out of bounds left and the long bunker right, the second shot requires pin point accuracy to avoid the sod bunkers looming on the left.  Any push will result in landing in the attractive dam to the right.


The top nine begins with a dogleg left par 4 and here the degree of difficulty is governed by the pin position.  At the front this is relatively easy.  However, back left and the player is required to create a well judged long to mid iron shot.


It is on the thirteenth tee par 5 hole that Erinvale’s magnificent location is best captured.  As you look back away from the fairway, Gordon’s Bay, the Strand fronting the sea can be clearly seen.  The hole is a gentle dogleg left descending sharply before once again rising to a seemingly small green with a sleeper bunker right.  No matter how the hole is played the lasting memory will be of the spectacular Helderberg mountain that backs the hole.


The seventeenth hole will always prove crucial in competitions.  It is a long par 4 with an out of bounds close to the right of the fairway all the way to the green.  The fairway slopes from right to left and leads to a row of pines if the shot is too far left.  A narrow entrance between bunkers leads to an undulating green that requires concentration.


The eighteenth is a par 4, 356 meter hole.  The modern clubhouse behind the green is the right line off the tee.  Five fairway bunkers need avoiding prior to the shot to Erinvale’s longest and largest green.   

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