Designed and developed in 1929 by Col. Stafford Vere Hotchkin
(1876 - 8 August 1953)
In 1929, Port Elizabeth Golf Club members asked course architect Colonel SV Hotchkin to design a second championship course for the town. He owned Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, but his love for the Old Course at St Andrews inspired him to produce Humewood.
He did break away, though, from the traditional 9 holes out and 9 holes back approach and, instead, he built a course of two separate 9's. Each 9 returns to the Club House in the middle of the course in a similar way to the Muirfield Links in Scotland.
As a result, the holes run in different directions so that the golfer doesn't get to play a long sequence of holes, either downwind or into the wind. His design included 8 par 5's on a par 76 layout. Humewood is considered his finest work!
Development over the last 25 Years
Over the last 25 years, 4 of the par 5's have been redesigned to par 4's (ie. the 4th, 8th, 10th and 13th) and are now regarded amongst the most challenging in South Africa.
In the late 1980's, Englishman Donald Steel re-evaluated Humewood, adding several bunkers to the course.
In 2009, Humewood embarked on regressing all 18 greens, planting a new strain of bent grass, known as A1/A4.
This project was taken on by Golf Data and resulted in magnificent putting surfaces.
A Genuine Links Course
Today, Humewood is still one of only a few genuine links courses found outside of Britain.
1. It is situated on the sand dunes on the shores of Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth.
2. The fairways are exposed, undulating and wide to compensate for strong winds.
3. Bunkers are few with steep faces.
4. Greens are firm and fast, the rough is thick coastal bush and there are no water hazards.
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