KwaZulu Natal is the province with everything – great beaches, mountain ranges, wildlife, an abundance of culture, a wonderful climate, plus an astounding array of golf courses!
Including only the best courses and starting at the north, there’s Princes Grant, a wild and wonderful course, which meanders through the sugar cane fields. Very challenging but very interesting. A newer course just down the road in Ballito is Zimbali, designed by Tom Weiskopf and offering some pretty good challenges. Luxury accommodation is available on the estate at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge.
Durban of course boasts the famous Durban Country Club, still ranked in the top 100 courses in the world, and number six in South Africa. This is traditional golf at its best and the Clubhouse still has an old colonial feel. Not an easy course to get on to, but visitors are allowed. The Club’s sister course – Beachwood – is also worth a game.
Going down the coast you’ll reach Pennington, which is home to Selborne. This is a beautiful course and was the first residential golf development in South Africa, designed and built in 1987 by owner Dennis Barker. Also in the village is a hidden gem of a course – Umdoni Park. Very hilly, spectacular views and loved by locals and visitors alike.
Next stop is Southbroom, a pretty course with some interesting holes and rated one of the friendliest Clubhouses and Pro Shops on the coast. San Lameer, an undulating course with many water features is just down the road and poses quite a few challenges.
Last but not least is the Wild Coast Sun, a truly spectacular layout and rated number eleven in the country. This course never fails to impress with its amazing design and unusual natural features – like the 13th Par 3, a daunting drive across a ravine to the green, passing a waterfall on the way. The 18th is an amazing challenge – a long drive over the Umtumzuna River, in view of everyone in the clubhouse. When the bell tolls, you know you’re in the river!
There are few big hotels on the South Coast, but some wonderful guest houses and a very nice accommodation at the Mondazur Resort Hotel at San Lameer. All the courses are within easy reach. There are lots of other, lesser courses on the coast that beginners or high handicappers may want to try.