The De Zalze Golf Course situated within the De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate was designed by Peter Matkovich (course architect for Leopard Rock, Arabella & Pinnacle Point amongst others) who made the most of the stunning setting and created a course that places a premium on accuracy.
The course has an excellent mix of parkland holes with its main challenges presented in the form of the water features on several holes, as well as the Oak tree lined Blaauwklippen River which winds its way through the Golf Estate and comes into play at various intervals.
Hole by Hole
A wonderful opening hole with an overhanging tree guiding you to favour the left hand side of a sloping fairway.
A slight dogleg right with a fairway bunker left and a tree lined stream down the right guarding a wide undulating fairway.
A picturesque par 3, that requires a long carry over a rocky tree lined river bed to a boomerang shaped green framed by three highly visible bunkers.
Length off the tee will dictate the degree of difficulty. Hazard left and reeds right are there to catch the really wayward shots and a fairway bunker and thickets left and right narrow the perspective.
Into the prevailing wind a drive up the middle is essential.
A magnificent par 5 made special by a dam and avenues of pines as a backdrop.
A flat classic par 4 with a fairway narrowed by bunkers either side of it.
The tee shot is blind but carefully placed bunkers show the path to be followed.
This short par 3 has water to be carried at the front and avoided to the right. A solitary bunker and a thicket of wild olive trees are on the left to catch those too cautious.
This hole has a severe dogleg left and the ideal shot has to hug the right side of the fairway. The fairway slopes steeply uphill to a large, yet narrow green.
An avenue of trees and vines make this hole seemingly narrow in fact there is plenty of space in the landing area. The second shot is played into decidedly the most difficult green on the course.
Playing into the prevailing wind this long par 4 has only one fairway bunker, and none around the green. Play a confident golf shot into this narrow, elevated green.
Without doubt this is the feature hole on the course. A boardwalk leads to a selection of tees in the heart of a dam.
Yet another “Ah-ah” moment. An elevated tee allows views over a mighty central bunker flanked by fairway either side.
Once again an elevated tee allows views of the entire hole. Here pines and orchards create a narrow path to a very straight hole.
The row of trees down the left marks the out of bounds line. Although only the bunker is visible off the fairway the green is well protected by two grass swales on the left.
Perhaps one of the toughest yet memorable par 5Âs you will ever play. A tree lined fairway with mountain backdrops creates a painting, with the focal point being a central bunker complex.
There are several tee options on this delightful short par 4. From the highest tee the challenge is immediately visible.