A town with bountiful greenery and a lot of soul also has lush lawns to make epic events for this club a reality.
The Hermanus Bowling Club’s pristine greens made history at the recent Bowls Under-30 Interdistrict Championships. It was such a prestigious occasion that the Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dr Annelie Rabie, opened the event with pride. The Western Cape Government sponsored this national tournament, which drew players from as far as Namibia.
The event saw a total of 172 players competing, from 34 districts, of which eight players were local. The Hermanus Bowling Club currently has 170 members, ranging from as young as 16, and as golden as 94 years young. The Club has a long history of 95 years, established in 1927 in Voëlklip and moving to its current location in the heart of Hermanus in 1936.
There are three greens, which can accommodate up to 168 players. This large number of players compete in the annual Business League Tournament. Local businesses compete in A, B, and C categories, which is a fantastic way to network. Seeff Hermanus participates every year, with a strong team that earned them 4th place in this year’s event. Tournaments are competitive, as the President of the Hermanus Bowling Club, Hannes Nel, says that when it’s serious, it’s serious. On the flip side, he says that social games involve a drink or two from the club’s bar. The sport draws incredible people, and membership is open to all, with a nod of approval from existing members.
Membership consists of two categories: weekend members that can only play on weekends after their work week, and full members that can play seven days a week. There is also an option for dual membership for the swallows that come from Europe for the summer or holiday-home visitors that frequent the town.
The greens are open to outsiders at a nominal fee – R 50 per person covers your green fees and use of the club’s balls. Keep in mind, as with most sports clubs, you’ll need to accompany a member. With the bowling scene, that can be any South African Bowls- affiliated member.
The Hermanus Bowling Club’s facilities can be rented from R1200 per event, which is perfect for year-end functions or team building. They can facilitate up to 150 people, with a clubhouse providing ample seating and a pool table, a bar and a large outside braai area. As for major upcoming club events, the 96th Ayala and Personal Trust Men's Tournament will be taking place in January 2023. Another huge occasion is the All Cape Tournament in April 2023, which consists of 80 - 90 clubs presented at 9 clubs, of which Hermanus falls in
the Overberg 3, alongside Caledon and Franskraal. For the bowlsy women, the Ladies Classic takes place annually from August to September.
The recent Bowls Under 30 Interdistrict Championships is only one of the events where Seeff Hermanus has been a proud sponsor. In an endeavour to support local businesses and organisations, Seeff Hermanus adds value to the events chosen to be held in this picturesque town. This national event and many others, including the recent International Bodyboarding Corporation’s Walker Bay Pro competition – a first on African soil – prove that
Hermanus is a sought-after destination for work and play.