Royal Cape Golf Club

174 Ottery Road,

Wynberg, Cape Town, Western Cape 7800

  • Office

    +27 (0)21 761 6551
  • Pro shop

    +27 (0)21 761 6551
  • Fax

    +27 (0)21 797 5246
  • Golf pro

    Wayne Bradley (PGA, Teaching Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential and urban environment.

  • Designer:

    In 1929 Dr Charles Murray designed the course on which today's layout is largely based.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6131
5511
5392
Par
72
72
74
SSS or slope
72
68
73

Location

Latitude:

-34.013627

Longitude:

18.485146

How to get there:

15 km SE of Cape Town

From the centre of Cape Town, follow the N2 Hwy, direction Cape Town Intl Airport. Exit onto the M5 direction Muizenberg. Leave the M5 at exit 19 (Ottery/Wynberg) and turn left at traffic lights into Ottery Rd (M68). After o.2 km take first right into Ulster Rd and immediately right again into golf club.

Royal Cape Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1885

Royal Cape Golf Club: There should be no surprise that Royal Cape, the oldest golf course in South Africa, oozes plenty of history and a long record of golfing achievements. However, keeping up with the times is also important to such a prestigious Club, and this it has successfully done.

Although the terrain here is relatively flat and offers little in the way of elevation changes, Royal Cape remains well-equipped to challenge the best of golfers. The layout is laced with numerous water hazards, plenty of strategic bunkering and fairly tight, tree-lined fairways.

At over 6,700 yards from the tips, and with the wind blowing (as is often the case), this venerable old course has tested the best over its long and distinguished past. There is a maturity and degree of difficulty here at Royal Cape that marks it out from many of the more contemporary courses on the Cape.

The tree-lined perimeter and adjacent railway line and roads, ensure that any housing is not much in evidence, and a natural environment is preserved throughout most of the course. While walking the pleasantly tree-lined fairways you can enjoy many fine views onto Table Mountain, away to the west.

List of courses: Around Cape Town

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap / club membership required.

Green fees

International visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (Oct thru' April): R950 (golf cart R420); S Africa affiliated player R550.

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 at all times. White socks must be worn to accompany shorts.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Royal Cape dates back to 1885, when it was founded by the then Governor of the Cape Colony, Lt Gen. Sir Henry Torrens. Three years later, Torrens became the Governor of Malta, where he promptly founded the Royal Malta Golf Club.

Waterloo Green at the Wynberg Military Camp was Royal Cape's first real home, where a rather basic course was established. As increasing numbers of civilians took up the game, it was decided to leave the Wynberg course to the military in 1891, the Club moving to its second home on Rondebosch Common. However, the Common was glebe land, open to the public for recreation, and so a third move was made in 1905 to the site currently occupied today.

Royal Cape is one of four golf clubs in South Africa honoured by exercise of the Sovereign's royal prerogative. The Royal titles were conferred on Royal Cape (1910), Royal Port Alfred (1924), Royal Johannesburg (1931) and Royal Durban (1932) by King George V.

Since its earliest days, Royal Cape has hosted many top level tournaments, including ten South African Opens. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Royal Cape Golf Club.

Published ranking

South Africa's 41st best course (SA's Top 100 Courses, 2023).

Where2Stay

  • Victoria & Albert Hotel4-star

    West Quay, Waterfront 8002, Cape Town

    +27 (0)21 419 6677

    Visit website

    Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honour of the Queen of England and her son who visited the Cape in 1870, when Prince Alfred officially opened the Breakwater basin, today’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Milnerton; Mowbray; Rondebosch

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Royal Cape; Steenberg; Westlake; Clovelly; Atlantic Beach

  • The Alphen Country House Hotel

    Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town 7848

    +27 (0)21 794 5011

    Visit website

    The Alphen Hotel is a National Monument, a historic Country Manor House offering more than just accommodation. It is in the heart of a former wine estate, centrally situated in the Peninsula and at the gateway of the Constantia Valley and Wine Route. Constantia has a country atmosphere with a distinctive historic and scenic environment and has an image of quality as Cape Town's most exclusive suburb.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Royal Cape; Westlake; Steenberg; Mowbray; Rondebosch

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Clovelly; Milnerton

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