Durban Country Club golf course is universally considered to be one of the finest layouts in South Africa and has been ranked for many years as one of the World’s Top 100 golf courses. The experience is unforgettable and it has played host to seventeen South African Opens, more than any other golf course in the land.
Designed and built prior to the Second World War, the course is a masterpiece of original design on what is sublime golfing terrain. It has a wonderful balance to it from first hole to last.
A magnificent clubhouse is also part of the Country Club “look.” The stately 100-year-old building stands hard up against the first tee and 18th green, adding to the atmosphere of the venue.
PLEASE NOTE: Major work is being undertaken and the course is now closed until early 2024.
Today the course is an island encircled by busy roads, yet it continues to retain its reputation as a magical place to play.
The course is set on the edge of the Indian Ocean hidden behind a high ridge of sand dunes and the holes undulate beautifully through lush and intimidating tropical vegetation.
Many believe that the opening five holes at Durban Country Club represent the best start in the world. The 1st hole, a par four measuring 390 metres from the tips is a daunting start to any round.
You can hear the Indian Ocean clearly from the tricky par three 2nd, which is perched on the high ground. The small elevated green is guarded ferociously by four bunkers… take your par here and move on to the 3rd tee, an absolutely stunning par five which is set in a valley in the dunes. Play this hole conservatively otherwise you may be looking at a bogey or worse.
The back nine plays across flatter ground than the roller coaster of a front nine but nevertheless the back is good golf indeed.
A memorial plaque in recognition of the amazing achievements of legendary Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum, a self-taught left hander who, in 1963, became the first coloured golfer to win a professional golf tournament in South Africa.
A Portrait of the Best author Stuart McLean writes: “Durban Country Club is much more than just a golf club. The magnificent gabled clubhouse has been a hub of Durban social activity for many years…”
The club offers other sporting facilities such as tennis, bowls and squash, and the clubhouse provides ceaseless entertainment for members.
The course was devastated during the floods in April 2022, necessitating temporary closure for months. The course was, incredibly, saved and improvements done and to come, will boost this course’s listing within the world top 100.
“Do all you can to play this African gem – a truly classic golf course that can easily be enjoyed by golfers of every caliber.” Andrew Rice
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