'Play' the course with
Southbroom golf course is a
pleasure to play. It is a fairly short course where
varying coastal conditions contribute to the exciting
challenge. Derek James, Resident PGA
Professional and Golf Director, takes you through it
hole by hole.
Hole 1 - Par 4; 324m, Stroke 9
(Ladies - 304m, Stroke 7)
A simple opening hole but be careful of the water down
the right side. Keep your tee shot left. There is a
double-tiered green with bunkers on both sides. A nice
Hole 2 - Par 4; 335m; Stroke 5
(Ladies - 287m; Stroke 9)
Your tee shot, sometimes even with an iron, must be kept
up the right side to make the approach over the water
easier. The green is bunkered on both sides. Don't go
long with your approach. Actually, left and right are
not too good either!
Hole 3 - Par 4; 369m; Stroke 1
(Ladies - 303m; Stroke 1)
A world class Par 4 Stroke 1. There is a lot more
fairway than there appears to be from the tee but, with
out of bounds on both sides, it can be quite scary into
the south wind. The right side is preferable and then a
demanding shot over water to a well-shaped green is
quite a challenge.
Hole 4 - Par 3; 114m; Stroke 17
(Ladies - 109m; Stroke 17)
A very short but under-rated Par 3. Take extra time
whilst on the tee to absorb the magnificent ocean view!
Bunkers surround the green. Be careful not to be caught
by the length of the green.
Hole 5 - Par 4; 255m; Stroke 15
(Ladies - 232m; Stroke 15)
A very short Par 4 that can be driven but this is not
always the right decision! If the length of the hole
doesn't get you, the pin position might. The
tree-guarded green is double tiered and getting your tee
shot into the right position is key!
Hole 6 - Par 5; 434m; Stroke 7
(Ladies - 379m; Stroke 13)
A short Par 5 with a fairway that slopes severely to the
right, makes for a tough second. Either you lay up short
of the stream in front of the well-guarded green or have
a go at a small target with the stream flowing down the
right hand side. Pin position is important.
Hole 7 - Par 4; 358m; Stroke 3
(Ladies - 308m; Stroke 3)
A great Par 4 where getting over the road can mean
decision time. Lay up or go for it? A water hazard,
trees and bunkers must be carried in order to hit the
green. A par here is a bonus.
Hole 8 - Par 3; 155m; Stroke 11
(Ladies - 118m; Stroke 11)
A tough Par 3 where short or left is dead. Hitting from
an elevated tee to a double-tiered green with bunkers
left, back and right, and water in front, is not easy!
Hole 9 - Par 5; 413m; Stroke 13
(Ladies - 394m; Stroke 5)
One of the best golf holes you will ever play! A short
Par 5 with bush left and water right. Water runs the
entire length of the hole and needs to be carried in
approaching the green. The fairly large green, with a
wonderful water hazard to the left, needs to be well
Hole 10 - Par 4; 284m; Stroke 16
(Ladies - 278m; Stroke 6)
The toughness of the hole is dependant on the pin
position. The greens' three tiers make this a tough
Stroke 16. The tee shot also creates choices - either
tiger line over the tree or the conservative line to the
left hand bunker.
Hole 11 - Par 3;152m; Stroke 10
(Ladies - 112m; Stroke 18)
A superb Par 3 which always seems to have crosswinds.
With water front and right and well-placed bunkers left,
aiming back left of the green is a good choice.
Hole 12 - Par 4; 291m; Stroke 12
(Ladies - 267m; Stroke 8)
A short and straightforward Par 4 until you reach the
well-bunkered three-tiered green! There will definitely
be more "woeful putting stories" emanating from this
green than any other. Club selection is key!
Hole 13 - Par 4; 311m; Stroke
(Ladies - 284m; Stroke 12)
It is important to hit your tee shot into the right spot
on this hole. Level with the bunker and a little right
is best. The green is well defended by a bunker left and
a whole lot of water right!
Hole 14 - Par 3; 185m; Stroke 4
(Ladies - 148m; Stroke 14)
One of the best Par 3's I have ever played. The small
well-bunkered green is a really tough target under any
conditions. Playing conservatively for the front edge is
not a bad idea.
Hole 15 - Par 4; 347m; Stroke 6
(Ladies - 264m; Stroke 16)
One of the toughest 'easy' Par 4's you will play. It is
a straight hole that feels like a dog's leg, with a
well-shaped green. Hitting the fairway is key.
Hole 16 - Par 4; 370m; Stroke 2
(Ladies - 328m; Stroke 2)
This is definitely a dog's leg. A tee shot up the left
is best. If you end up on the right side, my advice is
play percentage golf or the trees will get you!
Hole 17 - Par 5; 443m; Stroke 18
(Ladies - 410m; Stroke 10)
Two par 5's to finish, how tough can that be? Well, 17
has ruined many a scorecard! The fallen tree left
opposite the fairway bunkers has narrowed the hole
somewhat and with bush up the length of the hole, some
good hitting is needed. When you get to the small
slightly angled green, choosing the right line is not
Hole 18 - Par 5; 424m; Stroke
(Ladies - 407m; Stroke 4)
From this tee you can see the Bar which is both a relief
and a good line! The right side is best. The second shot
is toughest as you are either having a go at a very
small well-bunkered target or laying up onto a sloping
fairway where everything goes right and into a bad spot
behind trees! Enjoy the challenge.
Hole 4 - Par 3 - 114m - Stroke 17
This is one of the most talked about holes in Southern
Africa. Whilst on the tee, take an extra second or two
to absorb the magnificent view. The tee is perched above
the Indian Ocean and sightings of whale and dolphin are
common in winter. Whilst a short Par 3, it is difficult
into a south-east wind and the green is deceptively
Hole 8 - Par 3 - 155m - Stroke 11
A spectacular hole played from elevated tees over water
to a green that has bunkers on both sides and behind.
There are superb views over the course and the ocean
from all the tees. With 3 men's tees, 3 ladies tees, and
changing winds, its a new hole every day!
Hole 17 - Par 5 - 443m - Stroke 18
A narrow Par 5 between trees and bunkers that plays
either directly into, or with the wind, with 'trouble'
left and right. This is a straightforward, really good
hole where the well-guarded green hides subtle slopes.