ERINVALE GOLF COURSE: is roughly a 6 minute drive from the Mooring House
Guest Lodge. The course was designed by Gary Player and little of his
immaculate challenges have been altered. The first nine holes are on the low, flat
part of the estate and the second nine are on high, undulating ground. This will
give you two different feels, but there remains a common thread – that is the
standard of the superbly shaped greens, with truly consistent putting surfaces.

Throughout the course there are majestic mountain backdrops, panoramic views
of the surrounding hillsides planted with vine and sparkling views of the ocean
from the higher vantage points. To contact Erinvale Golf Course call
Tel: (021) 847 1144  or go directly to their website
ERINVALE GOLF ESTATE.
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SOMERSET WEST COUNTRY CLUB:  is the closest golf course to the Guest House
and is a matter of minutes away. The Somerset West golf club is open to
non-members and the Pro shop rents golf clubs. Golf carts are available if you do
not want to walk the course. The Somerset West golf course is essentially a golf
course of three different parts, but in no way does that change its country feeling
or style.

It is a parkland type course of 5942 meters in length and is an 18 hole par 72. As
you play take time to look at the magnificent Helderberg mountain that gently
slopes down to the course and look out for the White Squirrel's that live around
the first (top) nine holes. Contact: Club: (021) 852 2925 - Pro Shop: (021) 852 3625
or visit their website directly
SOMERSET WEST COUNTRY CLUB

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STRAND COUNTRY CLUB: roughly a 6 minute drive from Mooring House Guest
Lodge. It is no exaggeration to say this championship course is exposed to fresh
and strong breezes sometimes even gales. In fact, in honour of the wind, an
annual tournament called the 'Southeaster' is held every April. If played it is best
to Tee off early before the wind picks up.

Strand is also known for its water features. The golfer will encounter no less than
11 of them during a round. The course is not overly long, especially off the club
tees.  The Strand Golf Club offers a challenging layout and has the Hottentots
Holland mountain range forming a splendid backdrop and only a short distance
from the beach. This course is definitely worth a visit. Pro shop Contact number:
021 - 854 3309

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DE ZALZA GOLF ESTATE: Roughly 10 minutes from Mooring House Guest Lodge is
De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, It is located in the rural tranquillity of the Cape
Winelands, no other real estate in the Western Cape offers residents as rich a
combination of scenic beauty and architectural integrity with sporting, outdoor
and cultural advantages. Mooring House offers accommodation to those
attending the Sunshine Tour held at De Zalze in July this year (2012)

The course was designed by the famous Peter Matkovich and  rated No.3 in the
Western Cape and No. 27 in South Africa (2005 Golf Digest Rankings). Overlooked
by the towering Helderberg Mountains and surrounded by rolling vineyards and
orange groves, there are testing water features and classic golf holes with the
most spectacular backdrops. They can be contacted on Tel: (021) 880 7300 or
visit their website directly:
 DE ZALZA GOLF ESTATE

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STELLENBOSCH GOLF CLUB: One of the best golf courses in South Africa. This
championship course which hosted, among other tournaments, the South African
Masters and South African Open, will test your golfing skills. The course is -
compared to those in Cape Town and on the Cape Peninsula - well protected from
the wind. The - relatively narrow - fairways are lined with trees. Hole 8 (par 5)
requires for instance an absolutely straight stroke in order for the ball not to land
in vines or bushes.

Stellenbosch lies in the centre of the fertile and very scenic wine growing area of
the Cape, less than 20min drive from Mooring House Guest Lodge. . With its
numerous diligently restored buildings in the Cape Dutch style and its renowned
university, it is one of the most attractive travel destinations at the Cape. Just as
rewarding is a visit to the town's exclusive golf course situated just out of town
amid vineyards. They can be contacted on Tel: +27(21)8800244 or visit their
website directly:
 STELLENBOSCH GOLF CLUB

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DEVONVALE GOLF & WINE ESTATE: Situated roughly 40minutes drive from
Mooring House Guest Lodge, this magnificent 18-hole championship golf course
needs little introduction offering a regular challenge to both local and
international golfers. The course is interesting every time you play it, with
abundant bird life all around the fairways and water features.

The original layout, designed by Ken Elkin, who designed many of the Capes
better known courses, has seen several improvements of late. The introduction
of indigenous plants and the removal of alien trees have not only beautified the
environment, but have created panoramic vistas of the surrounding vineyards
and mountains. Tel: (+27 21) 888 4735 (pro shop) or visit their website directly:
DEVONVALE GOLF & WINE ESTATE

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GOLF AT HELDERBERG VILLAGE: Roughly 5 minutes away from Mooring House
Guest House lies Helderberg Village and boasts a beautifully maintained 9 hole
course in a housing estate; safe parking; golf cars to rent; equipment to rent; club
house & cloak rooms (no lockers); golf shop with basic supplies; halfway house
(snacks & drinks); bar and meals available; visitors welcome; children must be
accompanied by an adult. Tel : 021 855 8334 (pro shop) or visit their website
directly:
HELDERBERG VILLAGE GOLF CLUB

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FOR MORE GOLF COURSES IN CAPE TOWN AND OTHER AREAS PLEASE USE THE
FOLLOWING LINK:
GOLFONCOURSE

MOORING HOUSE GUEST LODGE
Bed and Breakfast OR Self Catering Accommodation in Somerset West
LOOKING FOR PROPERTY IN
SOMERSET WEST

YATES  ESTATE
S                       
SPECIALISING IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
FOR SALE AND RENT IN THE HELDERBERG
REGION - HOUSES FOR SALE IN
SOMERSET WEST, STRAND AND
GORDONS BAY
Take a tour through the vineyards at
Vergelegen Wine Estate in
Somerset West, taste wines, stroll
through the impressive gardens,
tour the Historical Homestead, relax
with coffee at the on-site coffee
shop or lunch at Lady Phillips Tea
Garden, spoil yourself to a
pre-arranged picnic under the trees
within the Vergelegen Estate
STRAND BEACH AT NIGHT WITH VIEWS
OF TABLE MOUNTAIN IN THE DISTANCE.
LOVELY WHITE SANDY BEACHES.
SURFING AND WIND SURFING ARE VERY
POPULAR AT THE STRAND BEACH.
EIKENDAL WINE ESTATE. RELAX IN THE
LEISURELY AMBIANCE SURROUNDED BY
VINEYARDS. SAMPLE WINES OR ENJOY
LUNCH OR DINNER. JUST 5 MINUTES
FROM MOORING HOUSE GUEST LODGE.
THIS IS JUST 1 OF MANY, MANY WINE
ESTATES WHICH PROVIDES BOTH
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING.








TABLE MOUNTAIN. BY FAR THE MOST
FAMOUS LAND-MARK IN SOUTH
AFRICA, THE IMPOSING PROFILE OF
TABLE MOUNTAIN RISES OUT
MAJESTICALLY HIGH ABOVE THE
MOTHER CITY. IF YOU HAVE AN
ADVENTUROUS SOUL YOU CANNOT
HELP BUT BE TEMPTED TO GO PLAY ON
HER FLANKS, EXPLORE HER RAVINES
OR CLIMB TO HER SUMMIT. THE
HIGHEST POINT ON THE MOUNTAIN IS
KNOWN AS MACLEAR’S BEACON AND
REACHES AN ALTITUDE OF 1086M
ABOVE SEA LEVEL. RIDE THE CABLE
CAR TO THE TOP OF TABLE MOUNTAIN
WHERE VISITORS CAN ENJOY THE
VIEWS. THERE IS A RESTAURANT AND
CURIO SHOP ON THE TABLE TOP.
VISITORS SHOULD TAKE A LIGHT
JERSEY AS IT CAN BE A LITTLE BIT
BREEZY ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.







WHALE WATCHING. HERMANUS IS
ROUGHLY AN HOUR'S DRIVE FROM
MOORING HOUSE GUEST LODGE ALONG
THE N2 HIGHWAY OR THE ALTERNATIVE
COASTAL ROUTE STARTING FROM
GORDONS BAY, THROUGH KLEINMOND
AND INTO HERMANUS. DURING LATE
OCTOBER TO VERY EARLY DECEMBER
WHALES ARE PROMINENT ALONG THIS
COAST AND IN HERMANUS.
PLEASE VIEW   MY  BLOG  PAGE   FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE IN THE SOMERSET
WEST AREA, THE WINELANDS AND CAPE PENINSULA. THIS BLOG HAS JUST BEEN STARTED DEC '08 AND WILL BE
UPDATES AS AND WHEN WE PERSONALLY EXPERIENCE THE VENUES DISPLAYED.
HELDERBERG NATURE
RESERVE
ROUGHLY 5 MINUTES                                    
FROM MOORING HOUSE    
GUEST LODGE VISITORS

CAN WALK THROUGH THE SCENIC
HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE. SEE
BONTEBOK STROLL LEISURELY
THROUGH THE PICNIC GROUNDS WHILST
LARGE TORTOISE FEED RHYTHMICALLY
ON THE GARDEN LAWNS.
AN ENTRANCE FEE IS
PAYABLE. RESTAURANT
IN THE RESERVE.
CAPE POINT









ENJOY A DAY TRIP SCENIC COASTAL
DRIVE TO MUIZENBERG AND ON
TOWARDS
CAPE POINT -
ROUGHLY 1 HR
FROM THE
GUEST HOUSE.
EITHER WALK
UP TO THE
VIEW POINT OR RIDE THE FUNICULAR.
RESTAURANT AND CURIO SHOP ON
SITE. ( MANY A VISITOR HAS
THOUGHT THAT THIS IS THE
SOUTHERN POINT OF AFRICA AND
WERE DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN
THAT THE MOST SOUTHERN TIP OF
AFRICA LIES IN CAPE AGHULAS -
ANOTHER DAY TRIP WORTH TAKING -
ROUGHLY 1HR AND 40MIN DRIVE
FROM MOORING HOUSE GUEST
LODGE.)

FROM CAPE POINT DRIVE TO
HOUTBAY OVER CHAPMANS PEAK
FOR TRULY EXCEPTIONAL SCENERY
AND SEE DOLPHINS SWIMMING IN THE
BAY. LUNCH IN HOUT BAY AND THEN
DRIVE ON TOWARDS CAPE TOWN,
BACK ONTO THE N2 AND HOME TO
MOORING HOUSE GUEST LODGE.









VIEW FROM CHAPMAN'S PEAK TO
HOUT BAY.
SOUTHERN MOST TIP OF AFRICA
CAPE AGHULAS







ALTHOUGH MANY A TOURISTS BELIEVES
THAT THEY HAVE STOOD ON THE MOST
SOUTHERN TIP OF AFRICA WHEN
VISITING CAPE POINT - THEY ARE SADLY
MISTAKEN. TAKE A DAY TRIP FROM
MOORING HOUSE GUEST LODGE AND
VISIT CAPE AGHULAS ONLY 1HR AND
40MIN AWAY. CAPE AGHULAS IS THE
ACTUAL MOST SOUTHERN POINT OF THE
AFRICAN CONTINENT AND IS THE  
MEETING POINT OF THE TWO OCEANS -
THE INDIAN OCEAN AND THE ATLANTIC
OCEAN. RESTAURANTS AND CURIOS IN
THE TOWN. A MUST DO ITEM DURING
YOUR STAY.







DOMBEYA YARNS
EXPERIENCE A CONVENTIONAL
WORKSHOP OF HAND SPINNING, DYEING,
WEAVING AND KNITTING AT THE FOOT
OF THE BEAUTIFUL HELDERBERG
MOUNTAIN JUST 10 MINUTES FROM
MOORING HOUSE GUEST LODGE.
SPECTACULAR VINEYARD VIEWS CAN BE
ENJOYED WHILST SITTING IN THE TEA
GARDEN (TEAS AND LIGHT LUNCHES
SERVED).
MOYO'S
A TRUE AFRICAN DINING EXPERIENCE
UNDER THE STARLIGHT AFRICAN SKY,
SET IN A GARDEN IN THE WESTERN
CAPE WINE LANDS, MAYO'S (BETWEEN
SOMERSET WEST AND STELLENBOSCH)
IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER RESTAURANT.
WITH A SEATING CAPACITY OF 1200
THIS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR AFRICAN
EXPERIENCE, IT IS A MUST ON ANY
WESTERN CAPE VISIT.  JUST 15
MINUTES FROM MOORING HOUSE
GUEST LODGE ENTER THE ALMOST
NOMAD AFRICAN VILLAGE SETTING OF
MOYO'S’S

MY BLOG

We are currently updating MY BLOG to list all activities.
However, this will be a slow process as we will only include
those places we visit personally so we can give a true and
accurate account of the venue. Please visit.
Cape accommodation in Somerset West


(KLAPMUTS)


(SIR LOWRY'S)
Mooring House, Guest House in Somerset West provides suitable
accommodation for volunteers assisting with the Mfuleni Township Project
. Easy
access to and from the N2 route to the Township roughly a 20 minute drive away.

Just off the N2 and close to Blue Downs. The build will take place in
Mfuleni which is
a relatively new township about 40 kilometres from Cape Town, South Africa (about 1
hour by bus). It is a predominantly "Black" (African) township, although there are also
some "Coloured" members of the community. [Wikipedia]
The area got its name from the Xhosa word meaning “by the river”. People started to
settle there in the 1960s. In the beginning it was a transit area for migrant labourers.
The first houses were built in 1976 and most of the dwellings are houses or brick
structures with a yard (44%), however, there are also many informal shacks without
water and electricity supply (36%).

Founded by Irish property developer and philanthropist Niall Mellon in 2002, the
charity began building houses in its first township, Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, in
2003.

Since then, Mellon's volunteers have built over 600 quality homes in Imizamo Yethu
and a second township, Netreg off Cape Town's N2, where the organisation started
work in April 2006

Every year the charity organises a building blitz where Irish volunteers are asked to
raise €4 000 each and travel to Cape Town for a week-long intensive build.

As the 350 men and women prepare for the 2006 volunteer blitz in
Mfuleni, NMTI's
third township, the organisation has already started recruiting what it hopes will be a
massive 1 000 volunteers for "the largest ever exodus of Irish people to a charity
event overseas" in November 2007.
Practice Golf at the Vodacom Village
Golf driving range in Somerset West