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.
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.