1889 - 1902
1939 - 1945
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Vaal Triangle History
A course in the woods to challenge the tigers
The final design and finishing touches of the course are, however, credited to Major SV Hotchkin, one of an illustrious trinity of British course designers. While visiting South Africa in July 1929 with the specific purpose of designing the Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth, he was requested by the Maccauvlei committee to prolong his stay in South Africa, to give them his views and advice on the re-design of Maccauvlei. For this he was paid the princely sum of 52 pounds and ten shillings (about a hundred rand at the original exchange rate). He duly visited Maccauvlei and after touring the course was enthusiastic about the possibilities it presented. Not long after his return to the United Kingdom his suggestions for the re-design were received. His report to the Club was as follows:
"It is rarely, if ever, that I have had the opportunity, and if I may say so, good fortune to see such a piece of golfing ground on an inland course as that on which Maccauvlei is laid out. It is a real "seaside" course though no sea is visible and much more of a "seaside" course than many of those termed such; and I can say that it is one of the best courses I have seen in this country".
Maccauvlei became known as the only "Inland links" golf course in the world, and was often referred to as the "Queen of Inland Courses". To this day, due to the Major Hotchkin connection, there is a reciprocity agreement between Maccauvlei and Humewood.
The one major improvement from his suggestions was a radical change to the original layout. The 17th hole, at that time, was a striking short hole with a tee shot over a waste of sand to a plateau green situated on a saddle in the sand dunes. "Here you can have one of the great holes of golf; a hole to challenge the tigers", he declared.
He provided a plan for making the 16th a short hole by the river and the 17th, an exacting and challenging hole, in the form of a dog's leg.
His advice helped Maccauvlei to enhance its reputation both locally and abroad and the course gained many new admirers.