|ENJOY YOUR GOLF HOLIDAY IN SOMERSET WEST|
|Mooring House - 10 ensuite self catering rooms|
|Gardens at Mooring House|
A day or two prior to the end of their SA holiday, one of our regular UK golfing guests, invited us to join them at the local driving range for a cup of coffee. (This was end March 2011) Whilst innocently sitting there, enjoying our coffee, the couple ask my wife and myself to join them in hitting a few balls and the next thing we knew we both had a club in our hands and before we new it we wre on the range TRYING to hit a few balls. Within these 15 minutes the bug had bitten and we were back at the range then next day ... and the next ... and the next although I must admit that it took us a good few weeks before we stopped referring to the club as a STICK.
|The Gruva at the Vodacom Driving Range|
|My wife and daughter at the Driving Range|
SOMERSET WEST GOLF COURSEIt took my wife and myself at least 6 or 7 months before we plucked up the courage to actually get onto a proper golf course and thanks to our golfing neighbour who eventually dragged us off to the SOMERSET WEST GOLF COURSE for our first 9 holes.
|4th Fairway at Somerset West|
ERINVALE GOLF COURSE
The well maintained Erinvale golf course is also only about a 7 minute drive from Mooring House Guest Lodge Expensive to play, but the views on the back 9 are well worth a picture or 2 so make sure you don't Tee off on a busy day so you have some time to enjoy the views - especially on the 13th Tee box. The first 9 is possible to walk, but thereafter it is all uphill so if you are unfit it may be wise to hire a golf car. Beware of the DEEP SAND BUNKERS and the water feature on the 14th.
DE ZALZE GOLF COURSE
|LOOKING BACK FROM THE 10TH|
|MY NEMESIS - THE 13TH|
|BEAUTIFUL VIEWS FROM THE MEN'S 18TH TEE BOX|
Again, as a Novice to this world of golf, before we play a game at a course we are not yet familiar with ( and there are many), I like to see what awaits me with regards to the layout of the course. I found the website Golf Course Layouts which paints a fairly good picture of what to expect as well as offering some tips on each hole - not that this helps me much at my stage of the game, but i the same.
STRAND GOLF COURSE
SO, it's back to golf courses and the next would be Strand Golf Club - also only 10 minutes from the Guest House. At this stage, we have only played there twice, for no other reason that we are trying to play on all the different courses available. In comparrison to the Somerset West Golf course, we found the course to be in a much better condition and offers a chipping and putting green as well as a driving range. The only thing to take into account when playing at the Strand, is the wind factor. Tee off as early as possible because the wind does tend to pick up by late morning on most days. Oh yes, and the little sign by the shrubs on the 3rd (I think) which reads, "Beware of Snakes" - in other words, don't go and retrieve balls if they land in here !!
STELLENBOSCH GOLF COURSE
|Us at STELLENBOSCH|
HELDERBERG VILLAGE GOLF COURSEHelderberg Village (18 holes can be played). Lovely setting with some lovely mountian views and well maintained, depsite the inexpensive price charged to play. In summary, a very friendly and accommodating club and only 6 minutes drive from the guest house. Although an easy course to walk, the only critisism we had was the we just found it slightly disjointed as one has to walk between houses to get to the next Tee box. Otherwise, a lovely course.
KING DAVID GOLF COURSE
|LOVELY VIEW OF TABLE MOUNTAIN IN BACKGROUND|
|Me at King David|
|Enjoyes a 3 ball with one of our guests staying at Mooring House|
WESTLAKE GOLF COURSE
KLEINMOND GOLF COURSEFrom the one coast we move in the opposite direction to the course found at Kleinmond. How surprised we were when we arrived at this little golf club tucked away under the moutains on the outskirts of Kleinmond - a real gem with nice green fairways and very friendly staff. and some lovely views.
It is only a 9 hole course but a further 9 can be played from different Tee boxes. Kleinmond is roughly 45 minutes drive away from Mooring House Guest Lodge in Somerset West and the drive is very scenic along the coast past Gordons Bay, Rooi Els, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay. As the course is on the slopes of the mountian I do believe snakes will be evident so don't go scratching for lost balls in the undergrowth. We were very surpised to see how popular this little course, but then for the cheap green fees it is no wonder. Another definite replay on my list. Although the course does offer an efficient half way house, after the game you can either pull into the new Kleinmond harbour for a bite to eat and enjoy a bit of ocean scenary. It is an easy walking course and I think one enjoys the scenary more when walking than when using a cart. We did notice quite a few nice Bed and Breakfast / guesthouses leading onto the fairways so you can always escape to Kleinmond the day before, sleep over and enjoy a round of golf.
|Day out to Hermanus with my Austrian guests - first stopping at the penguin sanctuary in Betty's Bay before headin goff to play golf.|
And at this point in my golfing game, these are the only places we have yet played, most more than twice, purely because they are in close proximity and we have to be home in time for children coming back from school. Hopefully within the next week or so we will have some more courses to add to our portfolio of golf courses in and around Somerset West.
I have of course left the best for last and only because I don't want too many people booking up my Tee times. And even though I have a reluctancy for actually sharing this info I suppose I have to as we all enjoy our game of golf and if we can play for cheaper raters then why not. For the best value for Money I have found the follwoing website my gospel for booking golf tee times - Last Minute Golf is by far the cheapest and you pay the same rate whether you are affliated members of not. The 2nd best is Golf Tee Time - and although not as cheap at the previous link, they also offer some superb courses at reduced rates and the service offered by Andrew is excellent.
Tomorrow we are off to try our hand again at De Zalze and then Thurday we play at a course we have not yet played - Milnerton.