The course at Clovelly Country Club is set in the Fish Hoek (Silvermine) Valley a few miles south of Cape Town. The course dates back to 1934 and was originally laid out by Dr Charles Molteno Murray (he was responsible around that time for a number of good courses, including Royal Cape and George).
The Silvermine River comes into play at the moderate length but rather tight Clovelly. The layout is routed among the sand dunes and a number of other water hazards in the shape of ponds create further challenges where accuracy rather than length will pay dividends.
There are a number of tight drives at Clovelly and one of the best is the par four 4th with a stream and out-of-bounds on the left. A pond guards the green focusing the mind for the approach shot.
With spectacular mountain views, False Bay and the ocean as a focal point, it’s no wonder that Clovelly was one of Bobby Locke’s favourite courses.
What a wonderful course and a great day out especially when going to Fish Hoek for lunch.
Course is not easy, and i carded a very high round. Greens run fast so short game is a must.
Club house facilities were excellent and the experience was very enjoyable, although the course was packed so at times felt a little rushed.
This is an outstanding course and MUST be played whilst you are in SA.