Mossel Bay is a lovely seaside town on the Garden Route of the Western Cape Province with a climate said to be the second mildest in the world after Hawaii – which is great for all-year golf, but a little hard on the golf club’s water bill for irrigation!
The Mossel Bay course lies on pleasantly undulating cliff tops with fairly open fairways which – as the club are proud to tell you – have ocean views from each and every one of them, especially at the 4th and 10th holes.
The club, like so many other South African golf clubs in recent times, decided in 1999 to take advantage of the boom in residential golf estate development and they entered into a partnership with property developer Urs Windholz to build houses around some of the fairways, as well as upgrade the course and clubhouse.
The original course at Mossel Bay was located at the local aerodrome but moved to the present site in the 1920s when Robert Grimsdell routed the 18-hole cliff top course. Danie Obermeyer and Philip Basson were given the task of revamping the course in 1999 and this was done over a period of two years, completed well in time for the club’s centenary celebrations in 2005.
More recently, Obermeyer was brought back to work on two problem holes, the 15th and 16th. The par three 15th was changed, with a new green laid out 20 yards further back and to the right of the old putting surface and the short, uphill, par four 16th was totally revamped by removing the left dogleg, adding half a dozen fairway bunkers and elevating the green.
The outcome of all these developments has seen the transformation of a long established, though relatively impoverished, backwater course into a top class golf facility or, as one commentator has put it, the club has gone “from sleepy hollow to bustling business”.
Mussel Bay is the course where Louis Oosthuizen made his famous course record of 57 strokes. There are 2 reasons why you should play it. First: course rating is 70 (men’s tee), telling you that this is not the most difficult course. This is a course for the Red “go for it” golfer. Hit it hard and as long as you can from the tee and then hit it again. You have broad fairways and no tricky doglegs or bunkers. What you see is what you get. Second: Enjoy the scenery and the view over the ocean. It is fantastic, but pray for no wind or if wind, be sure to have enough golf balls in your bag. Because then it’s a total different challenge.
Greens not consistent, fairways can be maintained better, challenging course but need some attention to detail.
Really one of the friendliest golf courses in the Garden Route and South Africa! From arriving to leaving with friendly and helpful staff and very friendly prices! Uncredible! Also it is home club one of the best SA golf player and 2010 Player of the Year Louis Oosthuizen. He did his famous 57 shots on this course (-15). I had played here 2 times, condition of fields was average, greens could be faster, fairways with burnt areas, but generaly playable. Here is social golf club with long traditions and also many old man playing golf. It's great! Golf cource is not very challenging. Definitely I didn’t play under par, but easy could reduce hcp here. Some of holes very nice. The course is an easy walk and very playable from tee to green for all golfers, even if you have just taken up the game. The beautiful views of the Indian Ocean or the Springbuck roaming on the course might distract you, but they will most definitely leave you with lasting memories. The Mossel Bay golf course signature hole is the 17th hole, which is par 5. This can be challenging especially when playing into the sea breeze.
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 Mossel Bay golf club my personal opinion is follow:
1. Challenging - 3* (maybe when windy)
2. Condition - 3* (could be better)
3. Service - 4*
4. Surroundings - 4*
5. Value for the price - 4* +
I will be back...maybe...