Down on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, it’s simply par for the course that you will no doubt enjoy some of the finest golf, within a divine leisure destination. So come and explore just some of the 11 golf courses on the Greater South Coast.
South Africa is a golfing mecca. and in this captivating part of KwaZulu-Natal there is a plethora of golfing choices. Here is a teaser of what the South Coast has to offer.
Umkomaas Golf Club
Founded by the Umkomaas Town Board, the course was first constructed as a 9-hole course in 1913, with the club being formally constituted in 1922. By 1926 the course had been extended to 18 holes and in 1932 Robert Grimsdell redesigned the course to what remains as the basic layout today.
The rough is mostly mown to a reasonable height but, should you go too far off course, you may find yourself in real trouble in the typical South Coast undergrowth.
Many of the tees have stupendous views over the sea, which is one of the trademarks of Umkomaas Golf Course.
This course has hosted many famous players such as Bobby Locke, Tim Clark and Garth Mulroy, PGA players in both America and Europe who cut their golfing teeth on this course, which celebrated its centenary last year.
The bird life on this picturesque course is bountiful and you will most likely be visited by an inquisitive monkey or two on your rounds.
This course has Bed & Breakfast accommodation, offering golfers excellent specials.
For more information, tel: 039-973-1042 or visit www.umkomaasgolf.co.za.
Scottburgh Golf Club
This 18-hole charmer set in the famous resort town is renowned for its relaxed ambience and semi links challenge. The undulating golf course has a most attractive setting, with the sight and sounds of the Indian Ocean always in the background.
Comparatively short at 5 323m, it boasts two par-5s and five spectacular par-3 holes, with the par-4 third hole being the most talked about on the course. It has the narrowest of fairways, with out-of-bounds on the right and a coastal forest on the left to contend with.
Many a good round of golf has been destroyed on this ‘white knuckle hole’. Like all coastal golf courses, Scottburgh can become quite tricky in the wind, but one of the most spectacular shots is from the par-4 18th, where one flies the drive over towering trees into the wide blue yonder, hopefully to drop onto the fairway below.
Visit www.scottburghgolf.co.za or tel: 039-976-0041 for more.
Umdoni Park Golf Club
This course at Pennington was established by Sir Frank Reynolds and presented to the nation in 1920. Umdoni Park consists of 210 hectares of KZN’s southern countryside and derives its name from the water-loving Umdoni trees scattered throughout the estate. It is an 18-hole course stretching over truly striking terrain, with the front nine holes running alongside the sea and the back nine stretching inland through dense indigenous forest vegetation.
On a fine day, with lush fairways underfoot and with the ocean sells just breaking into whitecaps, a round of golf at Umdoni is food for the soul – which is what golf is meant to be. According to golfers, this course is rated one of the top three most enjoyable to play in SA, has one of the top 10 best finishing holes in SA, and is in the top 20 of most scenic courses in the country. It is also rated in the top 100 SA courses.
The surrounding fauna and flora form part of one of the last two remaining coastal forests. There is also fishing, walking, birding, walking trails and mountain biking available, with an on-site B&B and self-catering cottages.
Tel: 039-975-1320 or visit
Selborne Golf Estate
One of the newer ones on the South Coast, this Pennington course was laid out in 1985 by Denis Barker, who decided to turn his dairy stud farm into a golf course. Golf Digest magazine described Selborne as one of the most spectacular 18-hole golf courses in southern Africa and it is still currently rated in the top 100. This beautiful course hosted the SA Women’s Golf Tournament in 2012.
Claims that this course has something quite unique would appear to be well justified when you consider the number of both professional and amateur golfers from around the world who return every year for the pleasure of playing here. Selborne is also the recipient of the Compleat Golfer 5-Star Golf Experience Award, based on service excellence, top-class club facilities, golf course conditions and, last but not least, the overall lingering experience.
Across from Selborne one will find the Lynton Hall Driving Range and Golf Academy, whose facilities include the largest and arguably the best putting greens in South Africa. This is a classic parkland championship course experience for all golfers.
For more info, call 039-688-1896.
Port Shepstone Country Club
The golf course at Port Shepstone Country Club alongside the mighty Umzimkhulu River is just one hour’s drive from Durban. The parkland course is a nature lover’s paradise with a large selection of bird life including fish eagle, Egyptian geese, various species of stork and duck as well as duiker, monkeys and many other fascinating species.
The first nine holes are luscious coastal forest with a large variety of indigenous trees and mangroves lining the fairways; it is considered by many to be the most beautiful section.
The second nine holes are more a links type golf course that is open and wind-affected, with a number of water hazards attracting abundant bird life. Playing this course is an experience not to be missed, and the greens are exceptional.
Major tournaments hosted include the 2012 KZN Amateur Open; 2012 Nomads Nationals; 2013 SAGES and the SA Women’s PRO-AM.
Besides the joys of playing a fine golf course, Port Shepstone Country Club is famed for its hospitality and 19th hole fellowship.
For more, visit http://pscc.co.za or tel: 039-695-0140.
Margate Country Club
Margate’s golf course was established in 1950, and the water features on the 18-hole course have become endearing features for the abundance of bird life and the innate golfing challenge. Visitors can also be reminded that their 19th hole is of the friendliest on the coast.
The overall ambience of the course is as a result of its parkland charm, challenging layout and convenience for the thousands of visitors to Margate.
This ever popular course has hosted the 2013 SAGES, 2013 Nomads Nationals as well as the 2014 Halfway Toyota Margate Challenge. It should form part of every golf lover’s itinerary.
Contact 039-312-0571 or see www.margatecountryclub.co.za.
San Lameer Golf Club
San Lameer is a conservation haven with 195 different bird species, abundant wildlife – including impala, red, grey and blue duiker, reedbuck and bushbuck – and indigenous fauna and flora.
Set in the heart of this unique natural environment, San Lameer offers you everything you would include in a dream course: 18 memorable holes that weave a natural challenge through the open glades, forest and wetlands with the relaxed roar of the Indian Ocean cheering you on. Enjoy a demanding round of golf on this championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes, or a more relaxed nine holes on the Pitch and Putt course. The clubhouse is recognised as one of the most attractive in South Africa, with spectacular views from the spacious terraces surrounding it.
Since the reopening of San Lameer Estate’s upgraded golf course, which just last year had its greens resurfaced, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response. Now, the upgraded golf course will ensure San Lameer Estate yet again not only meets the ambition of being a preferred golf destination, but will also see it hosting the SA Women’s Champs in October this year.
For more information, visit www.sanlameer.co.za or tel: 039-313-5141.
Southbroom Golf Club
Southbroom Golf Club boasts one of the most popular golf courses on the lower South Coast. An integral part of the Southbroom Village, the course is a rare South African layout – and if it weren’t for all the palm trees and tropical foliage, you’d think you were in Britain or Ireland.
With impressive views of pristine beaches and the ocean, the tranquility of playing alongside the lush indigenous vegetation of the Frederika Nature Reserve is a rather unique activity.
Each of the 18 holes has its own special feature and ability to test the skills of even the most accomplished golfer. The Southbroom golf course is not a breeze to play, especially on a windy day. The par-3 fourth, just 114m, is the most famous of the two seaside holes. On a calm day it’s a wedge, but it’s a tiger when the wind is blowing into you. Water, in the form of dams and rivers flowing into the sea, quietly but surely come into play – golfers need a careful game plan to negotiate this charming course. The course also hosted the 2013 SA Women’s Champs.
Recently adjudged by Compleat Golfer to be the most popular club in KZN, the Southbroom golf course was established in 1938 and has consistently been improved and upgraded over the years.
See www.southbroomgolfclub.co.za or call 039-316-6026.
Wild Coast Sun Country Club
The Wild Coast Sun Championship Golf Course is laid out over a rugged terrain running along the Indian Ocean, which creates a dramatic golfing experience. This exciting course is played over hills, ravines, rivers, dams, lakes and waterfalls, and has breathtaking views. The 18-hole golf course has wide fairways and huge greens providing a daunting challenge to both professionals and amateurs alike and attracts golfers at all levels.
The Wild Coast Sun golf course is consistently ranked in the top 10 golf courses in SA and is host to some of the most prestigious golfing events in southern Africa.
Although quite short in length, it is one of SA’s most testing layouts, especially with the strong prevailing winds for which the Wild Coast region is famous. This adds an entirely different dimension. The signature hole, the 13th par-3, is played across a waterfall to a green that is partly hidden by rocks and bush. This dramatic hole is regarded as one of the best short holes in SA. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, the course opened in 1983.
For more, visit www.suninternational.com/golf/WildCoastSunCountryClub or tel: 039-305-2799.
Port Edward Country Club
You’ll enjoy more than the golf at Port Edward. This country club is reputed to have the friendliest 19th hole on the Golf Coast. The nine-hole course is short but testing, with pretty coastal and inland views. Water comes into play on four holes and the sloping fairways can be tricky to play. It’s enjoyable, however, and there is always a warm welcome back at the clubhouse.
There is a stunning view of the sea from every tee, making that shot just so much more memorable. This course has duplicate tees, enabling you to play a round of 18 holes. Water hazards and prevailing winds provide challenges to all golfers, but don’t let that put you off – it truly is a very scenic course to play.
Visit www.portedwardgolf.co.za or tel: 039-311-2589 for more details.
The Harding Golf Club
This nine-hole course was built in 1920 and is set among pristine timber and farming landscapes. Its charm is found largely in the rural setting and the local farmers who help keep the 19th hole well watered. Harding Golf Club is situated 66km inland from Port Shepstone and offers a great challenge for casual and experienced golfers.
Negotiate the six water hazards as you play 18 holes, thanks to the two tee boxes provided at each hole. The relaxed country atmosphere has made Harding a very attractive getaway for golfers and this course offers a very friendly and social round.
For more info, contact 039 433 1738.
Getting to the Golf Coast
There are many ways to access this Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom.
There are now direct Cemair flights from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, flying into Margate. Alternatively, golfers can fly into Durban’s King Shaka Airport and within an hour they will be in the midst of our classic golf destination.
Various shuttle buses are available and, for self-drive visitors, there is a wide array of car hire companies to choose from. In addition, group tours can be arranged through South Coast Tourism’s reputed suppliers.
For general tourism enquiries, contact
Ugu South Coast Tourism:
Ugu South Coast Tourism