Mowbray Golf Club

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Set in a very central area – about 15 minutes from the Waterfront and Cape Town’s International Airport – King David Mowbray is a parkland course, which provides an excellent test of golf. The terrain is flat, but plenty of trees and water features make for an interesting experience, with the beauty of the mountain and abundant wild life dominating the scenery.

A significant feature of any coastal course is, of course, the wind. This is where King David Mowbray is unique, in that the holes have been so laid out that you will seldom find yourself with the wind directly in your face or right at your back. Also, believe it or not, the wind in Pinelands is seldom as severe as in other parts of the peninsula.

Members generally appreciate the wind, as the “windy season” coincides with the summer, keeping the heat at bay. The rainy season is in the winter – in the months of June through August but strangely enough, most wives of members have come to believe that it never rains on the golf course! Certainly, golf is very much a year round activity here and it is seldom that the course has to be closed due to excessively wet conditions.

Both fairways and greens remain soft throughout the year. The fairways consist predominantly of kikuyu grass while the greens are paspalum which provide an excellent putting surface. Experiments with pure bent grass have not been successful, so the indigenous grass family variety is now being “managed”, with more than satisfactory results.

While the course is not particularly long, the golfer will find King David Mowbray a real challenge. It is generally accepted that the SA Golf Association ratings of 71 from the back tees and 69 from the front make it about 2 or 3 strokes more difficult than average. Don’t let this put you off, however. If you hit the ball straight, you’ll do well and even if you go off line here and there, the rough is very forgiving and is kept well trimmed.

Through the years, Mowbray has hosted the South African Open seven times, the Bell’s Cup on three occasions and all major amateur championships. Many of the world’s biggest names in golf have played Mowbray, including Bobby Locke, Norman von Nida, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Vijay Singh (a winner of the Bell’s Cup) Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino and Ernie Els.

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12:00 am April 29, 2016
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Great value for money. Course in good condition.4
12:00 am May 31, 2016
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Absolutely fabulous place, I had my wedding here last year and the staff were brilliant. Recommend the venue to anyone that wants a great wedding reception5
12:00 am August 4, 2016
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As I were a member here for some seven years (16yr ago) I could be a tad bias, however, having visited a number of clubs in the area it is easy to compare, Melton is up there with the best of the rest. Dan and Calum are relaxed and knowledgeable, willing to help. The course is well maintained and a joy to play. Now the 'growing' season is upon us it will be how they maintain the rough, that makes all the difference between enjoyable and a chore . Lots of work has been carried out during the winter and the course is looking in very good condition. Keep up the good work5
12:00 am May 11, 2016

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