The well-established Golf Coast, with its scenic courses and spectacular sea views will always hold a special attraction for golfers around South Africa. Starting up north at Scottburgh Golf Club, the Golf Coast goes all the way down the South Coast to the Port Edward Country Club, including the Wild Coast Country Club.
If you happen to be in the area, or going down during the long weekend in April, here’s a list of the ten courses you should work in while you’re down there.
From the narrow fairway on the par 4 3rd hole to the last drive from the par 4 18th over the trees on a wing and a prayer, this coastal semi-links course is a super start to your golfing meander down the coast.
Designed by Denis Barker, the superlative Selborne Park Golf Estate boasts a world-class parkland course that is ever-challenging with a resident pro at hand to offer advice. Considered the Grand Dame of the South Coast’s championship courses.
Compleat Golfer’s course of the month, January 2017, historic Umdoni is designed for your enjoyment. Part of the Umdoni Park Trust, it nestles between coast and countryside and also offers guided environmental walks.
4. Port Shepstone Country Club
Dating back to 1912, the pristine riverside Port Shepstone Country Club is a regular host to championship events. The Par 72 course has recently undergone major renovations and attracts spectacular birdlife. Book your tee-off in advance to avoid disappointment.
Situated 45km inland from Port Shepstone is Harding Country Club, a casual country getaway for golfers. Relax playing 18 holes on this 9-hole course, with 6 water hazards to contend with and super friendly local folk.
Up for a challenge, but looking for a more sociable golf club? Margate Country Club prides itself on its friendliness, while featuring 5 par 3’s that are highly regarded with an 11th signature hole that requires an accurate tee-shot over a picturesque ravine. Considered a favourite place among golfers.
Appealing to discerning golfers, Southbroom Country Club is scenic and classic. Play in elegant surroundings with coastal wind providing the challenge. Host to men’s, ladies and mixed amateur classics, Southbroom is popular year-round.
The first golfing estate developed in South Africa, San Lameer is situated within a magnificent nature conservancy. The 18-hole championship course weaves through a wetland forest and is proud host of the SA Women’s Open. A quality golf experience in its own right, San Lameer is a must on any golfer’s itinerary.
Port Edward Country Club boasts a sea view from every tee box, of which there are 18 on the 9-hole course. This undulating course is an endearing challenge and the 19th is very famous. Negotiate the wind and the water and you’ll have a memorable experience.
Part of the Wild Coast Sun Hotel and Casino, the Wild Coast Country Club is on the KZN border in the Eastern Cape alongside the mighty uMtamvuna River. A daunting, but picturesque, championship course, every green has its own challenge amid unspoilt coastal vegetation. Still one of the best golf courses in South Africa, so book in advance.