Boschenmeer Golf Estate (Paarl Golf Club)

848 Wemmershoek Rd (R301),

Paarl, Western Cape 7646

  • Office

    +27 (0)21 863 1140
  • Pro shop

    +27 (0)21 863 1103
  • Fax

    +27 (0)21 863 3660
  • Golf pro

    Werner Bernhardt and Terence Valentyn (Golf Ops Mgrs).

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential, rural countryside and riverside.

  • Designer:

    Original design dates from the 1950s. Course redesigned and nine new holes added by David Frost & Danie Obermeyer (1999).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6217
5914
5013
Par
72
72
72
SSS or slope
72
70
70

At the same location:

Above distances are for the River-Paarl combination. The newer Boschenmeer-nine, at 3123 m from back tees, is similar in length to the other two nines.

Location

Latitude:

-33.760908

Longitude:

18.979868

How to get there:

5 km S of centre of Paarl / 55 km NE of Cape Town.

From Cape Town take the N1 highway north, direction Worcester. Take exit 59 (Wellington/Jan van Riebeek Drive) and follow the R301 (Wemmershoek Rd) south. After o.6 km turn right direction Boschenmeer Golf Estate/Paarl GC.

Paarl Golf Club, Boschenmeer Golf Estate

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

Est. 1908

Paarl Golf Club at Boschenmeer Golf Estate nestles down alongside the Berg River, flanked by the spectacular Paarl and Drakenstein mountains. Here you will 27-holes that exude a predominantly tree-lined parkland feel, especially on the River-nine (holes 1-9) and Paarl-nine (holes 10-18). The Boschenmeer-nine (holes 19-27) is a newer addition to the layout, which allows you to climb to slightly higher elevations. Here the terrain is more open and at times the course takes on a linksy character.

The River-nine has the fewest homes lining the way, and brings you directly alongside the Berg River on three occasions. The fairways, some tightish, others more generous, are not too heavily bunkered. However, a more formidable array of sand traps make their presence felt around the undulating greens, not least in front of the par-3 7th. Here a cavernous bunker awaits anything hit too short.

Although the River and Paarl nines provide the more consistent parkland theme, the Boschenmeer-loop should not be overlooked. Together with its greater elevation changes, it arguably has some of the best holes, particularly those where water threatens. The Boschenmeer's strong closing stretch includes the par-4 8th (26th), where an elevated tee allows you a good view of the seriously water-protected green ahead. The closing par-5 9th (27th) is tightly wrapped around a small lake, in the middle of which is a bustling bird sanctuary.

Conditioning may not be as immaculate as at nearby Pearl Valley, but Paarl Golf Club also offers a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging parkland layout. Well worth playing if you are in the Cape winelands.

List of courses: Around Cape Town

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

International visitor fee, 18-holes: R730; S Africa affiliated player R520. Golf cart fee R395.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked). Caddies available on a first come basis.

Practice facilities

Limited

Did you know?

The current course was originally laid out on the banks of the Berg River in the 1950s. In recent years it has been redesigned and rejuvenated as part of the Boschenmeer Estate development.

To the west of the course you get a good view of the Afrikaans Language monument, a pointed sculpture that sits high on a ridge in the Paarl mountains. Completed in 1975, the monument commemorates the 50th anniversary Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa, and separate from Dutch.

Published ranking

South Africa's 70th best course (SA's Top 100 Courses, 2023).

Where2Stay

  • Grande Roche Hotel5-star

    Plantasie Street, Paarl 7646

    +27 (0)863 5100

    Visit website

    This award-winning hotel offers a historic Cape Dutch Manor House and luxury accommodations with stunning mountain views. Bosman’s Restaurant is rated as one of the world’s 10 Best Restaurants with an extensive wine cellar and eclectic gourmet fare, including vegetarian specialities.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Paarl; Pearl Valley

    • Golf within 30 km:

      De Zalze; Stellenbosch

  • Cascade Manor Guest House4-star

    Waterfall Road, off Swawelstrert Street, Paarl

    +27 (0)21 868 0227

    Visit website

    Situated on 23 hectares of privately owned land, between olive orchards, buchuland and vineyards lies Cascade Manor Guest House, an idyllic retreat. Meandering through the farm, is a small river that cascades over a rock face in the heart of the estate. The Guest House is located close to the Nederburg Wine Estate.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Pearl Valley; Paarl

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Stellenbosch; De Zalze

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