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Westlake Golf Club, South Africa - The Most Popular Course in the Cape
Against the amethyst slopes of the Silvermine mountains lies one of Cape Town's Premier Courses - Westlake. This easy to walk, 18 hole Par 72 golf course is characterised by the towering trees, which line many of its fairways. Westlake has a very interesting, yet user-friendly design and quite a few doglegs. If you manage to stay out of the trees, you will achieve a good score. From the first to the eighteenth hole, every step affords panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Established in 1932, Westlake Golf Club welcomes visitors with its special blend of old world charm and modern amenities in an atmosphere of conviviality and camaraderie. Whether you're a tourist enjoying a Cape holiday, or a local golfer, visit us and see for yourself why Westlake is the Cape's most popular course.

From the first to the eighteenth hole, every step affords panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Established in 1932, Westlake Golf Club welcomes visitors with its special blend of old world charm and modern amenities in an atmosphere of conviviality and camaraderie.

Whether you're a tourist enjoying a Cape holiday, or a local golfer, visit us and see for yourself why Westlake is the Cape's most popular course.

Hole 1
- 377 meters
- Stroke 2

Out of bounds along the entire right side is intimidating for the first shot of the day. The prevailing wind off the right makes the approach very interesting and is played with a medium iron to a slightly raised green protected by bunkers on the right.

Hole 2
- 355 meters
- Stroke 6

This dogleg left hole is lined by trees on both sides however the tee shot should favour the right side to avoid the bunker. Your approach is played with a six or seven iron slightly downhill and anything over the green will be severely punished.

Hole 3
- 144 meters
- Stroke 18

In windy conditions this can be a very tricky short hole. However, in calm conditions a medium to short iron is required, played to a small green sloping from right to left.

Hole 4
- 465 meters
- Stroke 10

A straight forward three shot hole played uphill and requiring accuracy as the fairway is flanked by bunkers. Following two solid wood shots, the golfer will be faced with a simple pitch shot to a big flat green and the opportunity of a birdie.

Hole 5
- 303 meters
- Stroke 8

A very narrow par 4 with the ideal tee shot favouring the left side, leaving a semi-blind short-iron approach which can play at least half a club longer.

Hole 6
- 170 meters
- Stroke 14

A well-struck medium to long iron will find the golfer safely on the green, which is protected by a deep bunker on the left.

Hole 7
- 415 meters
- Stroke 12

Over the water hazard, accuracy and length is needed on this short par 5, preferably favouring the left hand side. A long iron to fairway wood to an undulated green guarded by two swails and a front right bunker should set up a relatively easy birdie opportunity.

Hole 8
- 356 meters
- Stroke 4

A short par 4, to a green guarded by water on the right hand side and three bunkers on the left. The key here is to find the fairway on the right that will leave you with a short iron for your second. Longer hitters might go for the green, but par is a good score here.

Hole 9
- 313 meters
- Stroke 16

A short par 4, requiring a short iron to a sloping green, but beware the deceptive yardage.

Hole 10
- 366 meters
- Stroke 7

Huge pine trees some 80 meters off the tee make for an intimidating drive. A left to right tee shot is required to set up a downhill approach to a large newly constructed green, with out of bounds long, a bunker on the right and a water hazard on the left. Golfers are happy to walk away with a par on this hole.

Hole 11
- 326 meters
- Stroke 5

The wise golfer will choose a fairway wood or long iron as the premium is on accuracy on this long par 4. Having successfully found the fairway, a mid to long iron is required for your approach, played to a small-bunkered green.

Hole 12
- 364 meters
- Stroke 3

The finest hole on the course. The optimum line from this tee with a fairway wood will be down the right side as the fairway is flanked on both sides by huge pine trees. Your medium iron approach is played downhill to a small green.

Hole 13
- 433 meters
- Stroke 11

Another short par 5 played into the wind most of the time. Out of bounds down the left intimidates the player, however two well-struck shots will set up a simple pitch for a definite birdie opportunity.

Hole 14
- 322 meters
- Stroke 13

A short par 4 played uphill to a small green where club selection is paramount with the approach.

Hole 15
- 127 meter
- Stroke 17

A downhill par 3 requiring no more than an eight or nine iron in calm conditions, to a large green with many subtle slopes.

Hole 16
- 443 meters
- Stroke 9

A long, uphill three shot hole with the fairway flanked on both sides by large trees. Your second shot has no real danger, however favouring the left side will open up the green, allowing for a simple pitch setting up a birdie putt.

Hole 17
- 158 meters
- Stroke 15

A beautiful par 3 lined by pine trees on the left and played to a large, severely sloping green from back to front, making putting conditions difficult.

Hole 18
- 345 meters
- Stroke 1

A very good finishing hole indeed, this dogleg left par 4 is lined by large pine trees. The ideal tee shot will favour the right side, opening a difficult approach with a medium iron, played uphill to a semi-blind 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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