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ERINVALE GOLF CLUB & ESTATE (Somerset West - Cape Winelands)

Erinvale was selected as the venue for the 1996 World Cup of Golf, the only South African course ever to have been so honoured.

The flat terrain of the front nine is bordered by some of this country's most famous wine estates and the sharply rising land on which the back nine is laid out culminated in the majestic Helderberg, which sentinels the estate. The higher ground gives the sea views over Somerset West and Gordon's Bay; turn around and the vista is of mountains - the Helderberg and beyond that the Hottentots Holland.

The course, by Gary Player, is handsome and modern, the bent grass greens, alive with creative contouring, providing a particular talking point. The layout also features unusual bunkering, some traps having a deep 'pot-bunker' character, while from the gathering slopes of others, railway sleepers radiate outwards to unique effect. Rewarding all year round, it is at its best in early summer (November) after the winter rains.

Erinvale is a tale of two nines; on the front, where the holes run in generous playing corridors, much use has been made of water and the lies are level. On the back, the land climbs and falls dramatically and one seldom has the luxury of a level lie. There's scarcely an ordinary hole on the course, but the par five 13th and the par three 14th, played from a raised tee, will linger in the memory.

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