Golfing in Hermanus
The Hermanus Golf Course, situated between mountain and sea in the Eastcliff suburb of Hermanus, must be one of the most beautiful courses in the country. There is a sea or mountain view from every hole and the rich fynbos gardens – from wetlands to mountain and coastal fynbos species – are spectacular. The course is tricky for accomplished golfers but forgiving enough for the social golfer to enjoy. Pretty water and rocky features make it a visual delight and a golfing challenge.
There is a resident troop of baboons that add a wildlife touch to the whole experience. They are quite used to the presence of golfers and generally sit around munching roots and seeds under the watchful eyes of the baboon monitors. The monitors ensure that the troop stays away from the residential suburbs.
The first golf course, nine holes only, was built in 1907 on the site of what is today the Provincial Hospital and it was relocated to the present site in 1923. It was re-opened by His Royal Highness, Prince Arthur of Connaught, one of the many “royals” who used to frequent Hermanus for holidays in those days. The course was designed by Archi Tosh, the first PRO of the club Bob Grimsdell.
The course was later upgraded to 27 holes and now incorporates Fernkloof Estate. The addition of tees was initiated to cater for championships, members, seniors and ladies so that all levels of golfers can participate. This upgrading, designed by golf course architect Peter Matkovich, has placed the Hermanus Golf Course amongst the world class courses in the country. The course was ranked 42nd in the Golf Digest Top 100 courses in 2012.
The club house, bar and verandas are comfortable and sociable venues where visitors and members can enjoy meals and drinks throughout the year. A privately run restaurant caters for meals as well.
The wildlife, gardens, mountain backdrop and sea views will make non-golfers want to take up the game. Even the most focused golfer will not be able to ignore the environment.