As part of our Course of the Month series, we give you insight into the signature hole – this month, we play the ninth at San Lameer Country Club with Meyer du Toit.
Hole No 9, par three, 182m
‘The team at San Lameer prides itself on having a course of 18 memorable holes, so that makes it very difficult to single out one hole,’ says director of golf Meyer du Toit.
‘The course is diverse but the beauty of it lies in the challenge. Course management is key around any of the holes and that’s evident at our 9th hole. While San Lameer is known to have some of the most picturesque par threes in the country, this one is arguably the most photographed.
‘Standing on the elevated tee gives you a view of the green with a beautiful ravine separating it from the 10th tee.
‘Wind plays a decisive factor and will change your club and approach from day to day. The breeze is usually assisting or blowing straight into you which, combined with the drop, makes club selection tricky.
‘Another important consideration is the pin. A fade is required if the pin is in the right half but any flag in the middle or left requires a bold strike. Trust your swing and attack would be the recommendation.
‘If you prefer to adopt a more cautious approach, aim a little to the right over the bunker short of the putting surface. The green is relatively flat but still has some subtle breaks which need to be taken into consideration when finishing off this beauty.
‘Reward yourself with a cold beer and our famous lamb bunny chow – if your diet allows – as you refuel at our halfway house and get ready for another beautiful but challenging back nine.’