Hole 8 - par 3

105 -148 metres with an island green

 

Hole 9 - par 5

373 - 444 metres

 

Hole 12 - par 3

156 - 175 metres

 

Hole 11 - par 4

306 - 367 metres

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The golf 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.

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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 golf course design

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!

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