Hermanus Golf Club

Golf Rd, off Main Rd,

Hermanus, Western Cape 7200

  • Office

    +27 (0)28 312 1954
  • Pro shop

    +27 (0)28 312 2271
  • Fax

    +27 (0)28 312 2333
  • Golf pro

    Julian Shaw (PGA, Head Professional)
  • Academy

    Julian Shaw Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside and residential.

  • Designer:

    Robert (Bob) Grimsdell designed the original 18-holes. Upgraded and 9 new holes added by Peter Matkovich in 2006/7.
SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the East-South combination (holes 1-18).






How to get there:

120 km SE of Cape Town

From Cape Town take the N2 highway, direction Cape Town International Airport / George. After approx 80 km (which includes going over the immensely scenic Sir Lowry's Pass) take the Bot River / Hermanus exit and follow the R43, direction Hermanus. After 3 km turn left direction Hermanus (still the R43). Stay on the R43 to Hermanus (approx 30 km). Pass through the centre of Hermanus on the R43, and golf entrance will be on your left.

Hermanus Golf Club

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1907

Hermanus Golf Club: Although often overshadowed by nearby Arabella on the visiting golfers' roster, Hermanus has undergone significant recent changes that have greatly improved its standing and degree of challenge, while also adding an additional loop of nine-holes. With the introduction in 2007 of new fairways, greens, earth-mounding and tee boxes, there is inevitably a bedding-in process to go through, but all the signs are good.

Now with three out-and-back nine-hole loops, the course takes you close to mountains, through several tree-lined stretches and almost down to the sea's edge (although two rows of houses prevent you getting right alongside the beach). Variety seems to be a recurring theme throughout. Mixed in with the usually good-width and nicely undulating fairways, there are some tightish drives to make, not least at the pine tree-lined, short par-5 11th. The greens can vary from small and subtly sloping, to large and multi-tiered.

On many occasions the feel here is that of a classic parkland course, at other times things get a bit more open. The contrasting mountain and sea views are occasionally complemented by some real estate, although this is confined to a few sections of the course perimeter.
List of courses: Around Cape Town


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and Sundays; no visitors on Saturdays.

Must book in advance. Handicap required

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes (Aug thru' July): R470 (all days).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, SA affiliated and other discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Mention Hermanus to most South Africans and they will tell you it is the whale-watching capital of the Cape. This charming fishing (and whale-watching) village is popular with Capetonians as a weekend getaway. During the Christmas and Easter holidays the resident population of 8000 often swells to over 40000. Due to this influx, the Hermanus Golf Club has always experienced heavy traffic at these times of the year.

Published ranking

2018 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 48th best course in South Africa.


  • Whale View Guest House4-star

    P O Box 5031, Hermanus 7200

    +27 (0)82 300 9042

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    Whale View has 5 en-suite luxury rooms right alongside the Indian Ocean. In this idyllic setting, you can watch the whales play whilst your chilled local wine or sundowner reflects the changing hues of the sun, waves and surrounding mountains.
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  • Windsor Hotel3-star

    49 Marine Drive, Hermanus 7200

    +27 (0)28 312 3727

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    Perched on the cliffs above the sea, at the Windsor Hotel just over half the 60 rooms are sea-facing, allowing guests to partake in a bit of whale watching from their hotel rooms.
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