Kleine Zalze, one of the estate courses in the Stellenbosch area, was played by FWF on 28 January 2018. Not only during the driest spell the Western Cape had experienced, it was hot, in fact, very hot. The hacienda type building including the clubhouse and well-equipped pro shop with very friendly personnel is at center of the estate containing both permanent residences and holiday homes. It feels friendly, nice and easy going. The club house is large and overlooks the 18th hole. The friendly staff get you on your way in no-time. Same thing at the mandatory stop at the halfway house.

The course is nice. It had rough patches when we played it this year because of the drought and the water on the course contained the e-coli bacteria ….. something did not go as planned apparently. It did not matter much as we thoroughly enjoyed the golf. The greens were nicely paced. We think the grass cutting was a challenge due to the water restrictions. We walked the course and it felt long as we dragged the trolleys behind us but this could have been due to the heat. The extra cold beer served by a wonderful and very pleasant waitress was a real treat as were the showers!

Overall it is a nice course to play. Not the best in the area but certainly a good one to have on your list of courses to play in the winelands.

Rating:  7

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