The town of Worcester lies just off the main N1 highway to Johannesburg, around a 90-minute drive from Cape Town city centre, and it’s here, in the shadow of the Hex Mountains to the north, that Worcester train station was opened in 1876, serving passengers on the Cape Town to Beaufort railway line. Ten years later, the golf club opened for business.
The course in play today at Worcester Golf Club is a Peter Matkovich/Gary Player co-production from the late 1980s, and it’s the only design the two architects have ever collaborated on. It occupies a rather peaceful rural environment – described by one commentator as “Karoo parkland” – with its verdant fairways starkly contrasting the dry scrubland that borders the layout.
Feature holes include the stretch from the par five 5th to par five 8th, where the par three 7th is the pick of these holes, playing diagonally across the main irrigation dam to a peninsula green. Short par fours at the 6th and 12th also catch the eye, along with the par three 9th and par five 18th, which share the same large double green in front of the two-storey clubhouse.