Stellenbosch, South Africa
De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate
The name 'De Zalze' originates from the early wine farmers who produced wines on the three adjoining farms, namely Kleine Zalze, Groote Zalze and De Vleie, in the region. The historical buildings on the estate date back to 1838.
De Zalze Golf Course was opened for play in November 2000 under the name Spier Country Club. It was only in December 2003 with the opening of the new clubhouse that it changed to trade as De Zalze Golf Club, in line with the De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate development. Spier, together with Kleine Zalze, have redesigned the estate to make it one of the most sought after golf real estate properties in the Cape Winelands and South Africa.
De Zalze offers a fine mix of parkland holes, its main defences being the water features on several of the holes. The oak-lined Blaauwklippen River winds its way through the golf estate and comes into play at various intervals.
Renowned golf course architect, Peter Matkovich, designed the De Zalze Golf Course, making most of the stunning setting while placing a premium on accuracy.
De Zalze Golf Club offers the complete Winelands Experience: a great golf course, amazing 19th hole with views to die for, fabulous food, great wines by the glass and stylish on-site lodge accommodation. De Zalze is an all-in one destination.
A special feature of golf at De Zalze is the attention to ensuring that houses do not interfere with the golf journey. We have beautiful vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields adjacent to most fairways creating a natural buffer between golf and residences. The landscape is all so natural with the meandering Oak lined river and the incredible views of the surrounding mountains ensuring that the overall Winelands golf experience is quite unique!
Course Designer: PETER MATKOVICH
Course Rating: 72 (CLUB TEE MARKERS)
Type of Grass (fairway and green): KIKKUI = FAIRWAY/ BENT= GREENS
Number of members: 450 +
Number of rounds of golf per year: 38 000 +
Offer a Junior Associate: NO
Offer a Senior Association: YES – IN OFF PEAK SEASON
Practice facilities available: YES
Instructors available and any awards they have won: YES
Wildlife on the course:
Cape dwarf mongoose, Fish eagles, birds of prey, Coot, Egyptian geese, Jacana, Spoon bills, Egrets, King Fishers, Squirrels, Cape Hare, Steenbok, Reptiles, General Birdlife
Although the scenic beauty of the area is evident on every hole, the 13th could be labelled as the signature hole at De Zalze. A boardwalk leads to a selection of tees in the heart of a dam. At 299m the hole doglegs left along the shore of the dam and depending on your tee shot crossing the water safely, the approach shot should be just a pitch. The kidney-shaped green is bunkered on the right and with water all the way up the left and around the back it makes a target not to be taken lightly. A par or less on this hole will stick fondly in the players' memory.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Fly to Cape Town International and follow directions under “automobiles” below.
No transport by train from international airport
If travelling from the airport on the N2: From airport take N2 and then EXIT 33 (Baden Powell Drive). Turn left at traffic light onto R310 to Stellenbosch. Drive until the next traffic light which has the TOTAL garage to your left and Annandale Road to your right – please take the option to turn right onto Annandale Road. At the end of Annandale Road turn left at traffic light onto R44. De Zalze is at the next traffic light on left opposite BMW Donford and Stellenbosch Square Shopping Mall.
If travelling on the N1: If traveling from Cape Town, take the Stellenbosch turn-off onto the R304, and if travelling from Paarl, take the R44 turn-off. Drive through Stellenbosch towards Somerset West. The De Zalze Golf Estate is on your right after you leave Stellenbosch.
Additional Contact Information:
Telephone:+27 21 880 7300
Fax: +27 21 880 1976
De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: S 33.9750°
Longitude: E 18.8321°