Located to the north of Cape Town on Woodbridge Island, a sandy spit that’s bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Rietvlei Lagoon on the other, the links-like layout at Milnerton Golf Club is an old-fashioned “9 out then 9 in” course that dates back to 1913, when an inaugural 6-hole course was first brought into play.
In 1995, Milnerton was given a major overhaul by Golf Data when part of the course was given over to a housing development and this resulted in the loss of a few holes, the retention of some others and the construction of a number of new holes.
The 493-metre par five 8th is classed as the signature hole on the scorecard. Wetlands to the left of the fairway form an intimidating distraction from the tee before water to the right of the narrow green lies in wait for leaked approach shots.Golfers play the outward nine with the prevailing south easterly wind – known as the “Cape Doctor” – at their back so they face a tough time after the turn if it’s blowing hard, as it often does between December and March.
Milnerton Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72, coastal course situated in North of the city of Cape Town. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Diep River, this links-type course is flat with few trees. Bit borring. The biggest advantage is spectacular view of Table Mountain from almost every hole. Driving range is poor and short – you can use max 5 iron. I had played here one time in the middle of January, condition of fields was average, greens slow, fairways with burnt areas, but generaly playable. The outward nine holes tend to play with the prevailing breeze at one’s back and, with what is effectively a double fairway between the 1st and 18th holes, Milnerton’s opening hole is a 374 metre par 4 and long hitters can open their shoulders as crossing the 18th fairway is allowed. The 6th hole is played as a par five on competition days but is shortened to a par four other days. Golf course is not challenging except in case of strong wind from the ocean side. I easy made 3 under my hcp par. The course is very playable from tee to green for all golfers, even if you have just taken up the game. All three last holes can be challenging especially when playing into the sea breeze. Clubhouse and the Sunset lounge situated just a few paces off the beach with nice view to the ocean and Table Mountain. Nice enought. Summarizing all the golf club is certainly room for improvement espiacialy the quality of the field.
Actually every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria. I always rating by the following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. Concerning Milnerton Golf Club my personal opinion is follow:
1. Challenging - 2* + (maybe when very windy)
2. Condition - 2* + (could be much more better)
3. Service - 3* +
4. Surroundings - 4*
5. Value for the price - 2* +
Not sure I‘ll come back...
The location of the course right on the beachfront and with views of Table Mt is spectacular. The course was in excellent condition, both fairways and greens. If the wind blows (as it did) the holes back towards the clubhouse/Table Mt become really challenging. The chance to score appears to be on the front 9, at least on the day we played. The course isn't the longest but if the wind picks up it really shows its teeth. I've seen some comments that it's a links-like course but it is as close as a course can get to the traditional links course in the UK & Ireland, just with a different grass type. Very welcoming to guests and VG value for money considering the quality of the course. Overall, I can't recommend highly enough if visiting the area.
Linksland-style course to the north of Cape Town centre. Quite short by modern standards due to the layout being constrained on all of its sides and in the middle by a housing estate. Even though par is 71 the course rating gives a truer reflection of the ease of some of the holes. Length is not everything of course and some of the green complexes were particularly interesting, with mishit clubs or misplanned approaches being funnelled off the greens and leaving some fun short game work.
Ocean views and the constant presence of Table Mountain seen from most holes added to the spectacle. May also have been the welcoming and pleasant local members I was paired up with. The course was very damp when played but still an interesting game. Value for money golf too.4.5 balls might be a fairer rating.
The stunning scenery was something to behold. After a calm beginning to the round in the mid-morning we thought the course was not overly challenging. As the wind picked up towards the end of the front nine more concentration was needed. After turning we found the prevailing wind was predominantly into us and certainly required a different set of skills on the way home. We had a great day and will be going back there again. The Clubhouse was very good with amazing views to enjoy with the apre-golf.