Nothing competes with the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club

Royal Port Alfred Golf Club

The prestigious Royal Port Alfred Golf Club is one of four in South Africa that have earned the right to have ‘Royal’ as a prefix – and that should tell you something about its character.

THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL PORT ALFRED GOLF CLUB

The ‘Royal’ status was bestowed upon the golf club after Her Royal Highness Princess Alice of Connaught, the wife of the Governor General and Queen Victoria’s granddaughter paid a visit to the course in 1912 in a ceremony to name the 12-holes of the course.

She was so impressed by the course during her visit that she returned with her husband in 1923, who stated that the links of the course surpassed anything he had ever experienced. Following this, King George bestowed the ‘Royal’ title upon the club in 1924.

The club has attained a famed status since its early days, with visits from British Royalty to an American President; all have played a significant role in the development and success of the course.

THE ROYAL COURSE

Birds eye view of the golf course
Birds eye view of the golf course

This 18-hole course snakes its way through thickets of coastal forest and over hilly dunes. You will constantly be accompanied by a refreshing breeze from the Indian Ocean and panoramic views from most of the fairways.

You will also find the occasional bushbuck or Impala roaming freely through the course, as well as other wildlife. The local bird-life is also a great sight to behold.

The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club offers a 9-hole Chip and Putt Course, nicknamed the Mashie Course, which has a has a fun lay out incorporating a small dam and wandering wildlife.

Depending on your requirements, the course can be either challenging or entertaining. The course is great for beginners to develop their skills and for experienced players to improve their short game.

To experience the thrill of playing on a ‘Royal’ golf course, contact 046 624 4796 or email corrie@rpagc.co.za.

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