Ernie Els Design
Ernie Els is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the game, having won more than 60 tournaments since turning professional in 1989, including four Major Championships, two World Golf Championships, and a record seven World Matchplay titles.
The international scope of his victories is second to none; he is one of golf’s truly global players and a great champion.
Ernie’s success on the golf course is mirrored in the achievements of Ernie Els Design, a full service design company that is committed to transporting Ernie’s goodwill across cultures and borders in order to create classic golf courses of distinction. Ernie Els Design has achieved this by formulating unique relationships with the world’s finest developers who share the company’s ambitions, creating attractive destinations that adhere to the principles of sustainable development and sound environmental practice. Courses by Ernie Els Design are a success with both the public and the design industry. Oubaai golf course is a great example of such design! Read more…
In designing the Oubaai Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course and driving range, Ernie Els and his team have taken full advantage of the spectacular landscape of the Western Cape. They had the support of Nicklaus Design as technical advisors.
The Clubhouse has a dramatic location that overlooks the 16th, 17th and 18th greens. Open-air terraces offer panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the Gwaing River valley.
The Ernie Els golf design philosophy is based on flexibility. Concepts are moulded according to the landscape, not vice versa. The aim is to produce courses that are fun to play and that enhance the surrounding environment. In addition, golf courses fairly display challenges and hazards while affording players the opportunity to use a full range of shots and plan strategically for individual holes.
Links type layout where veld grasses line the lush fairways. The course measures 6516m from the pro tee’s which is uniquely long for a Coastal course. Oubaai offers a wonderfully stimulating and enjoyable golfing experience.
The resort offers full facilities including a Clubhouse with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, locker rooms and Pro Shop.
The Course has 5 Par 3’s and 5 Par 5’s.
The 6th is a Par 3 – the green is framed by the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance and the Gwaing River flows below you. A 120 metre drive is required to cross the gorge and reach the fairway. The 17th is the most photographed hole, where the green meets the ocean. The green is guarded by 4 bunkers with ever changing winds making it one of the most challenging plays.
The course is designed to be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities.