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Atlantic Beach Links Golf Course in Cape Town, South Africa
Enjoy the Championship Links style Golf Course with its traditional style and an ocean breeze off the ocean. On calm days you can play your normal lofted shot or on windy days you can use the firm turf to play low running shots, beneath the wind. Either way, we are sure you will enjoy the challenge around this 18-hole golf course.

Hole by Hole - Front 9

Hole 1 - Milkwood
Par 5 Stroke 8
The relatively straightforward first hole on the course gives you a chance to settle into your game before moving on.

Playing Tip:
The fairway slopes from right to left, so aim the tee shot as close to the cartpath along the course as you dare. The second shot must be played short of the neck, which will leave you a pitch to this long green. Only the very brave should go for green in two.

Take note of the big Milkwood tree on the left hand side of the fairway about 100m short of the green. The Milkwood is a protected species.

Hole 2 - Midden
Par 4 Stroke 12
The fairway isn't really as narrow as it appears, and it is possible to two-putt even on the undulating green.

Playing Tip:
The safe shot is to take the tee hot down the right center of this dogleg left. The fairway is generous and slopes from left to right and you will be left to right and from the right hand side of the fairway will have a mid iron over the wast bunker to a big green. Alternatively if you cut the corner with a big drive a short iron will get you on. The hole plays one club longer than you think.

Interesting Strandloper artifacts were found on the golf course, in the sand dune behind the tee.

Hole 3 - Wrong Way
Par 4 Stroke 6
Enjoy the views of endless white sand beaches from the third as you move along on Atlantic Beach Golf Course.

Playing Tip:
This is a tight fairway and if the wind is helping, a long iron or 3 wood is a good choice off the tee. The fairway slopes from left to right so aim your tee shot down the fence line on the left, leaving a mid to short iron to a small green.

Take a club less than you think and play for the front left of the green and let the ball run on.

This was the first hole on the course, constructed in September 1997.

Hole 4 - Lions Head
Par 5 Stroke 4
One of the courses' most challenging holes. Don't, however, be put off by the fact that you can't see where your tee shot should land - aim just slightly to the right of the Cable Station on the top right corner of Table Mountain and you should be all right. You will, of course, be forgiven if you find your concentration slipping a bit on the green, as your attention is likely to be drawn to the magnificent views of Table Bay and Robben Island in the distance.

Playing Tip:
This is a blind tee shot so you must trust your swing. If it is a clear day aim for Lions Head to the right of the cable station on top of the mountain. If not, the courses' fairway mound indicates the left of the fairway so any short right of the mound will be OK. Play your second to the left of the fairway bunker, leaving a short iron in. If you are level with the bunker, the third shot is steeply uphill so take one more club than you think.

Due to the high density and diversification of flora on the golf course, this hole is virtually as we found it in its natural state. Note the Milkwoods on the right hand side of the first landing area.

Hole 5 - Cableway
Par 3 Stroke 14
Take advantage of the respite and stunning views offered by the fifth hole here on Atlantic Beach Golf Course.

Playing Tip:
Do not let the view distract you there is work to be done. Depending on the pin position you can draw it in from the right or fade it in from the left. You can use the slope behind the green to feed the ball back to the hole.

Hole 6 - Saddle
Par 4 Stroke 10
At the sixth you're faced with another long tee shot over the dunes. Heed the words of the experts and aim straight down the middle towards the lookout towers (dating back to the Battle of Blouberg) on Blouberg Hill.

Playing Tip:
A long straight drive is a necessity on this slight dogleg right. A good drive will leave you with a mid to long iron over the waste area. If you are in any doubt about carrying the waste with your second, lay up, or play out to the right and chip on for 3, and you will make a lot more pars.

Hole 7 - Short
Par 3 Stroke 16
The short seventh plays downhill to yet another undulating green.

Playing Tip:
Pin position and wind factors make golf club selection all important on this short Par 3. Beware, the green falls off behind the mound on the left to a waste hazard that will punish any shot too far left.

Hole 8 - Double Trouble
Par 4 Stroke 2
The eighth offers you a choice: 1) Take the safe option down the left side of the split fairway, or 2) If you're feeling particularly confident, take the shorter line to the right to the big, narrow green.

Playing Tip:
If the tee is up and the wind is helping you can take on the bunker. Under any other conditions play to the left or right of the bunker an take your chances. The low fairway to the left of the course is relatively wide however the next shot is blind and must contend with the bunkers to the left of the green. The fairway to the right of the bunker is higher and the entrance to the green is visible and open. If the hole is playing down wind take one less club, pitch it short of the green and allow it to run up.

Hole 9 - Up and Over
Par 4 Stroke 18
The relatively short par 4 ninth leads you back to the clubhouse for a well-deserved break.

Playing Tip:
If you stay out of trouble off the tee this is your best birdie opportunity. A long iron or a 3 wood over the middle bunker will put you in a good position if the right hand pin placement requires a pitch over a bunker to the narrow portion of the green.
About the Author
Rael and Julia Zieve is Golferswild in South Africa - formed in March 2005 as an inbound Golf and Safari Tour Operation. We are a fully fledged I.A.T.A travel agent. We have a "hands on approach". We will make sure that you enjoy playing your game of golf in South Africa. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me on. E-mail address: golferswild@webcraft.ws. Website address: www.golferswild.co.za.
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