Established in 1903, Oudtshoorn Golf Club is the oldest club on the Garden Route, though its location in the arid Little Karoo region – one hour’s drive inland (through the Outeniqua Pass) from George – affords golfers a totally different golf experience to that found on the other coastal tracks.
Bob Grimsdell redesigned the tree-lined layout on the eastern outskirts of Oudtshoorn in the late 1950s and it now plays to a par of 72 over a length of 6,210 metres. Holes are set out as two returning nines, with two par threes and two par fives on each circuit.
Highlight holes include the “Horseshoe” sequence at the northern end of the property. This begins with a tight drive through trees at the par four 11th; followed by a short par three over water at the 12th; then a right doglegging par five around water at the 13th, with a stand of four big trees in the fairway to negotiate along the way.