Oubaai Golf Club is a traditional Links layout, the course has nine holes out and nine holes back.
The layout of the course demands the full gambit of shots needed to score well. There are five par-3s and five par-5s. The par-5s are all genuine par-5, as the shape of the hole and bunkering persuade golfers to lay up... or, of course, go for broke! The par-3s are crucial to good scoring; they vary in length, so club choice will differ on each hole as distance and wind condition come to bear. All greens are well bunkered and elevation cleverly used to increase the thought process required on each tee shot.
By far the most photographed hole on the course is the par-3 17th; the green is below you and framed by the ocean, which influences you to short-club. However, the short distance of the hole (144m) from the back tee and the downhill elevation can offer a false sense of security. It is prudent to remember the four bunkers guarding the green and, with the breeze coming in off the sea, that can add up to an extra three clubs on those special Southern Cape days! All of a sudden, you are aiming at a much smaller target! It does, incidentally, make the hole even more memorable if you are fortunate enough to sight a whale in the Indian Ocean during your time spent in this corner of the course.
Equally impressive is the imposing par-3 6th, which transports you to another world as you descend to the tee box. The green is framed by the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. Immediately in front of you the gorge presents a carry of 160m, which you need to negotiate to reach the green; accuracy of flight is imperative as steep run-off areas and deep bunkers surround the target. The Gwaing River flows far below and, behind you to the right, the ocean remains in sight, albeit distant. On a good day, you can spot the fish eagles that nest on an island in the gorge.
In a short period of time, Oubaai Golf Course has become known as the benchmark of quality golf and excellent service. If you appreciate a memorable, challenging and enjoyable adventure with great views, we invite you to come and experience Oubaai first-hand.