The Greater Knysna area is blessed with some of the most beautiful signature 18-hole golf courses to be found anywhere in the world. It is also home to the Sedgefield Links Golf Course - a little gem of a par 3, 9-hole course situated in the beautiful coastal town of Sedgefield.
In a number of traditional sports we are finding that original playing structures are having to compete with shorter formats of the game. This has happened to rugby as well as cricket, for example, where the Sevens and T20 tournaments are raking in the spectators and profits as well. There are a number of reasons for this, but intensity and time are key factors.
The game of golf has not been immune to this migration. Both the time spent playing an average 18-hole course, coupled with the high green fees, has meant that shorter courses are fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. This may not appeal to the golf purist out there, but to those players who only have limited time and money, but still want to knock a little white ball around, there is certainly a lot of merit in the short game.
The rolling fairways and testing greens of the Sedgefield Links Golf Course boast a most sublime natural setting: the vast liquid landscape of the Swartvlei Lake edged by the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. This alone gives it massive appeal.
It has also recently undergone a change of management, and is now overseen by Owen O'Reilly and his team from Pine Lake Marina's Recreational Activities Department. “We have been working hard over the past few months to improve not only the greens but also the clubhouse”, explained O'Reilly, “we want the Sedgefield Links to be something our members can be proud of”.
Under the guidance of consultants from Nanturf they have considerably improved the overall condition of the greens. They have also received a lot of direction from the Isle of Man pro golfer, Jonny Evans, and the course is gradually taking on an aspect that will most certainly satisfy both our local members and visiting golfers alike. This short course also provides an ideal training ground for beginners and young players seeking to improve their game.
The clubhouse has been tastefully redecorated by Alma Vermeulen, the upstairs section of which is now being hired out as a venue for functions.
Golfers will soon be able to order wood-fired pizza to complement their post game beverages and the kiddies play area makes this destination ideal for the whole family.
Membership: R795 per year/ R45 green fee
Junior Membership: Free / R35 green fee.
Non Members: R90 green fee
For more information contact: 044 349 2200