Hole 8 - par 3

105 -152 metres with an island green

Hole 9 - par 5

371 - 442 metres

Hole 12 - par 3

160 - 181 metres

Hole 11 - par 4

308 - 370 metres


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 5,820 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 South African Golf Union rating of 70 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 152 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.


Hole 1


Hole 2


Hole 3


Hole 4


Hole 5


Hole 6


Hole 7


Hole 8


Hole 9


Hole 10


Hole 11


Hole 12


Hole 13


Hole 14


Hole 15


Hole 16


Hole 17


Hole 18

The front nine starts from the Clubhouse and generally moves in a clockwise direction around the inside of the course. Whereas the back nine goes anti-clockwise mainly around the outside of the course. This means that although the prevailing wind is from the south-west, whatever the weather conditions, on each hole the wind direction will be different to the previous hole.

The design of the greens complexes means that pin placements can range from championship to easy. Because of the slopes and undulations the speed of the greens is kept under 10 on the Stimpmeter for tournaments.

The Knysna golf course is an enjoyable and gentle stroll through tree-lined fairways and you will not experience the fatigue you might on the more testing courses in the region.

The surrounding hills and mountains provide scenic backdrops and there is a great variety of trees, flowers and bird-life to watch out for. The newly rebuilt Clubhouse has a pleasant halfway house with a welcoming bar and deck of substantial proportions. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing, so enjoy!

The course layout