Review for Oubaai

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This was the best course I played on a golfing tour of George and surrounds. Ernie Els has crafted a course for all levels (although the carry from some tees to fairways were a bit dramatic, such as the par 3 sixth). There is a good mix of short and log par fours and threes, with plenty of bunkers to keep the mind focused. I loved the way many holes were sculptured around there fairway bunkers. The trick of the eye that made it seem like a narrow fairway, thus putting fear into the golfer, when in fact, with a little bit of thought, there were many wide expanses to find. Here is where Oubaai shines, because it is a course where the 18 handicap can always find a way to the green for a bogey, while the scratch golfer has to take on the hazards to make their score. I found the par threes to be all a challenge - there are five of them - but for sheer terror, the aforementioned 6th, is a knew trembler. Long enough at 190 meters, it requires a carry of some 160 meters over a deep ravine into which any ball hit will never be seen again. The view over the hills to the surrounding mountains is spectacular. I can only imagine Ernie standing at the area where the tee is now and thinking, "tee, green, nothing else to do".

However, the standout holes were definitely 17 and 18, the short par three with nothing behind it except the Indian Ocean, and a par five with the dramatic views from the tee, and a second shot required to fly over the cliffs to get a crack at a birdie. However, it is these two holes that also, perhaps, highlighted Oubaai's biggest weakness. The most dramatic land had been used for housing, not the course, and I found it sad that only two holes skirted the coast. But this is a nitpick. Oubaai is a fine challenge for all golfers, you don't need a dozen balls to get round, and you will want to play it again.

Date: December 02, 2017

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