Hermanus is a busy 27 hole members club laid out between the Klein River Mountains and the ocean in the pretty seaside town of the same name. You only encounter rare glimpses of the sea but the golf course certainly doesn't disappoint. Regarded as the stronger combination, we played the East course consisting of holes 1-18. Well designed throughout, my expectations were comfortably exceeded for a course ranked 54th in the country. Easy to walk and beautifully conditioned, the routing has plenty of variety including a strong quartet of par-3's, the excellent 13th with water to the right being my personal favourite.
Many of the best holes flow through corridors of tall pines whilst others move across attractively bunkered open ground. Generally speaking, there's more than enough width to the fairways to keep most players happy which is just as well as we were advised not to look for balls in the undergrowth due to the presence of poisonous snakes. Happily, we only encountered roaming Springbok during our round.
The mountain slopes above the course were eerily covered in ash last month after being badly hit by wildfires earlier in the year. Incredibly all of the houses lining the course were left untouched, unlike so many others just along the coast road that hadn't been so lucky. I'd love to return and include the other nine hole loop some day. One to search out if you get the chance. Brian W
Date: April 23, 2019