5218 East London,
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6 km S of East London CBD
The old fashioned 18-hole layout at West Bank Golf Club dates back to 1930, although the club was founded at the same site in 1907. The links-like course is both short (5,680 metres from the tips) and quirky, with a number of drivable par fours. The front nine runs parallel to the Indian Ocean from where there are glorious seaside vistas.
The front nine plays to a par of 37, featuring three par fives at the 5th ,7th and 9th. The course routing then turns inland for half a dozen holes at the 11th before play returns to the coast for the final two holes at the par three 17th, the longest one-shotter on the scorecard.
The 18th tee is one of the high points on the layout, overlooking the East London motor racing track to the southwest, where the South African Grand Prix was held on several occasions during the early 1960s. Close to the clubhouse, the Hood Point Lighthouse is one of only three located on a South African golf course property.