The course originally had bayview greens and very few bunkers until, in 1994, an extensive upgrade program was launched and 18 new bent greens were built. Today we enjoy greens which are highly receptive, with a constantly smooth putting surface all year round.
Over the years, new tidal pools and channels have been introduced and real attention paid to the bunkering throughout the layout.
Although the course is flat, the many tidal water hazards, raised undulating greens, strategic bunkering and the fact that the course is at sea level makes the course play much longer than the 5,752 metres on the card.
The course record stands at 62 – achieved in 2016 by Nicholas Mitchell in the Knysna Men’s Amateur Open.
It is a par 72 with a slope rating for men of 134 (ladies 124) having 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s. Water hazards are in play on 12 holes. The signature hole is the par 3 8th with it’s island green and at 148 metres is usually played with a cross wind.
Stroke index 1 on the card is the par 4 6th at 371 metres with lateral water hazards along both sides of the fairway and a large green that can accommodate many different pin placements.