THE COURSE

Get to know the Metropolitan Golf Course

Introduction

 

Lying in the shadow of Table Mountain and the Cape Town Stadium on the Green Point Common, the course belies the 9 hole status and 14 greens. With long and or separate tees, together with 14 world class greens, the course plays very much like an 18 hole layout.

The large greens and wide fairways make the course very playable for the average amateur while still a test for the lower handicapper. The course is parkland in design with Bent Grass greens and Kikuyu fairways. The golf course was designed in conjunction with the highly acclaimed Green Point Urban park and is therefore a biodiversity showcase with abundant fauna and flora. Four different species of local grasses have been planted in various grassland areas that separate the holes, giving the course a very distinctive look. While situated on the coast, the course is protected from the prevailing winds and this facilitates the ability to keep the course in a superb playing condition.

The course designer, Mark Muller, has created something of real significance, and the variation of holes together with the close proximity of the City of Cape Town and Waterfront, makes this a must play course. The tough par five 12th and the closing par three 18th over water will leave you with lasting memories of this wonderful layout.

HOLE 1 – Green & Sea Point

Par: 4
Stroke: 10
Distance: 340m
A comfortable par 4 to start your round driving into a narrow fairway guarded by two bunkers on the left hand side. The long green slopes from right to left and your approach is played directly into the predominant sea breeze so add some yardage to your club selection.

HOLE 2 – Table MOUNTAIN

Par: 4
Stroke: 2
Distance: 390m
The testing and lengthy par four playing back towards Table Mountain rewards the longer driver who can clear the raised hump in the fairway. The flat green is well protected by a meandering water hazard front and right and a conservative lay-up will more often than not produce better results than a long iron or wood played to the raised green.

HOLE 3 – GRAND VLEI

Par: 5
Stroke: 6
Distance: 474m
After negotiating your drive down the narrow fairway you are presented with a tough challenge to hit the small layup landing area surrounded by water on three sides. Longer hitters can risk clearing the water.

HOLE 4 – DOLL’S HOUSE

Par: 4
Stroke: 18
Distance: 265m
Turning back towards the Waterfront is the first bit of relief after the tough second and third holes. This short par 4 can be reached with a drive, but is guarded by a bunker-protected green and a pond on the right hand side that is invisible off the tee.

HOLE 5 – Mouille Point

Par: 4
Stroke: 4
Distance: 370m
A lengthy par four along Mouille Point’s Bay Road, the fairway is deceptively wide but slopes left towards a water hazard that runs all the way to the green. The approach must be aimed towards the back of this long double green so it is important to note the exact distance to the pin. The green is protected with large bunkers and even if you hit the surface, putts from the front side of the green may be in excess of 50 metres.

HOLE 6 –Thermopylae

Par: 3
Stroke: 16
Distance: 152m
The first of the par 3’s plays to a big double-green well protected by the pot bunker in front. Play conservatively aiming for the middle of the green and leave yourself with a comfortable two-putt.

HOLE 7 – VICTORIA

Par: 4
Stroke: 14
Distance: 292m
On this short par 4, think twice about immediately pulling out the driver as its best to have a full second shot to the green if you want to get to the pin that is normally tucked behind the front pot bunker. Hazards and waste bunkers protect the left side and the downhill putts are extremely fast compounded by the helping grain.

HOLE 8 – Fort Wynyard

Par: 4
Par: 4
Stroke: 12
Distance: 332m
Your tee shot is played alongside the impressive Cape Town Stadium to a wide and receptive fairway that slopes downwards towards the green. At all costs you must avoid the dense rough that protects both sides of the fairway. The double green is long and full of contours.

HOLE 9 – ROBBEN ISLAND

Par: 3
Stroke: 8
Distance: 168m
The second par three on the outward nine requires an accurate tee shot to avoid the water to the right of the green. There is room on the left to play conservatively. Club-up and target the back of the green for a long putt towards the hole sloping from back to front.

HOLE 10 –De Waterplaats

Par: 4
Stroke: 1
Distance: 383m
Sharing the fairway of the first hole, this is arguably the toughest Par 4 on the course requiring a tight drive along the left half of the dogleg to reach the green in two. The green is flat but well protected with bunkers leaving a small landing area

HOLE 11 – SIGNAL HILL

Par: 4
Stroke: 3
Distance: 390m
The longest par 4 on the course often plays directly into the prevailing wind and requires a big drive and long second shot to reach the green in two. The small green elevated green is protected by a water hazard on the left.

HOLE 12 – LIGHTHOUSE

Par: 5
Stroke: 5
Distance: 505m
A signature hole with the famous Mouille Point Lighthouse as a backdrop, this par five requires three good shots, each with its own individual challenge in order to reach the well bunkered green. It is arguably one of the most challenging par fives found in the Western Cape. The water ponds stretches along most of the left side up to the green with stunning views over the Urban Park and Lion’s Head

HOLE 13 –Seafarer

Par: 4
Stroke: 11
Distance: 319m
A well-positioned drive is required on this par four as a series of fairway bunkers left, right and centre awaits the wayward shot. Once in play with your drive, a large green awaits your approach shot.

HOLE 14 – Granger Bay

Par: 4
Stroke: 15
Distance: 299m
On this short par 4, think twice about immediately pulling out the driver as its best to have a full second shot to the green if you want to get to the pin that is normally tucked behind the front pot bunker. Hazards and waste bunkers protect the left side and the downhill putts are extremely fast compounded by the helping grain.

HOLE 15 – RMS Athens

Par: 3
Stroke: 13
Distance: 172m
The longest of the par threes shares the green with the sixth hole. The pin is not easily accessible so play for the center if you want to avoid any risks.

HOLE 16 – ALFRED

Par: 4
Stroke: 17
Distance: 270m
An easily reachable par four playing uphill towards the historical Fort Wynyard. The longer hitter can drive the green so if you feel good about your swing, have a go.. A great chance for birdie to keep the momentum going into the last two holes.

HOLE 17 – THE BATTERY

Par: 4
Stroke: 9
Distance: 346m
Enjoy the stunning views of Table Bay from this elevated tee. Keep it down the centre of the fairway on this hole before the challenge of finding the correct landing area on the green. The pin is on the left but a pond awaits any shot left of the green. The safer approach is towards the centre but this may leave you with a tricky and fast putt.

HOLE 18 –The Breakwater

Par: 3
Stroke: 7
Distance: 148m
A challenging but brilliant finishing par 3 with carry over water all the way to the green. Avoid ruining a good round by taking enough club and aiming slightly to the left. If you are brave , go for the pin but be aware of the out-of-bounds on the right.

OPERATING HOURS

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Season: 7am - 7pm (Oct - March)

Non-Season: 7am - 6pm (April - Sept)

Bar Facilities: 11am - 9:00pm

ADDRess

Fritz Sonnenberg Road
Mouille Point
Cape Town, 8001

Contact

Phone

Bookings: 021-4306011

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General Manager: 021 430 6012

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