KLEINMOND - CLUB OF THE MONTH: A coastal gem

- 30 September 2020

HISTORY OF KLEINMOND GOLF CLUB:

During 1988 a meeting was held, attended by some 30 people, in a private house in Kleinmond - the object of establishing a Golf Club. An interim committee was elected to facilitate the process and during 1989 a Public Meeting was held to obtain the blessing of the town’s Home Owners, Rate Payers and other relevant parties.
During December 1989 a formal Committee was elected consisting of prominent people like:  Mof Terreblanche, John du Toit, Charl Krige, Willy Stevens, Francois Malherbe and Bennie Basson and Kobus le Roux.
Alan Martindale was later co-opted onto the committee and he played a leading role over many years in the management and running of the Club.
With the assistance of many others these gentlemen were instrumental in the final planning and approvals for the establishment of Kleinmond Golf Club.
During 1990/1991 the Golf Course was constructed and by Easter 1991 the first Golf Day was held on a very rough new course.
The Clubhouse was a "caravan" parked next to a fairway.
In 1991 and old "abattoir" was acquired from the Kleinmond Municipality and transformed into a very basic Clubhouse. Members signed personal surety-ships to finance this "luxury".
On 8 January 1992 Mr F.W. de Klerk (then State President of the Republic of South Africa) formally opened the Kleinmond Golf Club and Clubhouse.  
At this time the club had approximately 40 members.

GROWTH OF KLEINMOND GOLF CLUB

From humble beginnings Kleinmond Golf Club has grown to a Club with 488 members.
Monies generated by golfing activities over the last 29 years or so have financed all improvements to the Golf Course and Clubhouse.
Many visitors (both local and international) frequent the Club and some 30% of income is derived from this source. 70% of our income is generated by the support of our loyal members.
Over the years Kleinmond Golf Club managed to turn the old Abattoir in to a full Clubhouse that all members can be proud of.

COURSE

The immaculate condition in which the course is kept, complemented by an abundance of wild life and the natural beauty of the surrounding Cape flora, as well as the breath-taking mountain and sea views, ensures an unforgettable, though challenging golfing experience.
In 2007 Kleinmond was ranked the third best nine-hole course in South Africa by the golf magazine Complete Golfer..
The fairways consist of kikuyu and the greens a mix of bent and poa.
The feature hole on the course the 12th.
It is a short par 3 that has the most spectacular view of the mountain and the sea. It might look easy but it is not.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

1. In the men’s division three players have won the club champs 3 times: Lindie Stallenberg, Stefan Burger, Errol van Zyl and Chris Hanekom.

Ladies Champ: The current ladies Captain Hannelize Upsher has won the ladies champs 14 years in a row!

LADIES SECTION:

The club has currently have 80 Ladies members.
The lady members in our Club play a significant role in all the club activities.
The Ladies host a very successful Ladies Classic every year and the next ladies Classic will be held on the 13th February 2021. The club also has an active lady beginners golf group every Thursday.

COMMITTEE

Under the leadership President Frank Eagar and Club Captain Bill Steyn the club has a hands-on committee with passion and dedication to the Club.
Members of the current Kleinmond GC committee: President-Frank Eagar, Vice President- Lionel Pfister, Club Captein – Bill Steyn. Vice-captain – Gavin Graham, Treasurer- Johan Bekker, Additional Committee-members: Kurt Brunner, Lindsay van Zyl, Paul Marais, Mike Bisset, Charles Antonie. Deon Erasmus is the manager and Stefan Burger the green-keeper.

CLUB SUCCESS STORY

Kleinmond Golf Club is visitor friendly and the philosophy of the Club is to provide a memorable and affordable experience to both members and visitors alike.
All the club's members enjoy exactly the same playing rights in all competitions.
The club is proud of the fact that men and women compete on equal footing in all our competitions.
The success story of Kleinmond Golf Club, which has become an integral part of Kleinmond and surrounding areas, can be attributed to the enthusiasm, efforts and loyal support of the members, visitors and Committees since 1992.

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