A PIECE of golfing mecca exists between Durban and the CH Mitchell Bridge in Port Edward, where no fewer than 11 courses offer a variety of experiences for golfers of all levels.
Technically, the famed Wild Coast Sun Country Club forms part of the Eastern Cape, but we claimed it long ago.
It’s the jewel in the crown; a rugged jewel yes, but a course offering stupendous beauty and breathtaking views.
In the early days it attracted many of the world’s top golfers, when it played host to the popular Skins game in the 1980s.
There are numerous great holes, but the tee shot off the 12th, nicknamed Green Mamba, is one which thrills.
The likes of multiple Major winners in the late Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price and John Daly have all played here.
Over the Umtamvuna river is Port Edward’s charming 9-hole track, fun to play. Even more fun is to be had in what has been described as one of the friendliest pubs anywhere.
San Lameer Country Club is a beautiful, scenic parkland course, where buck roam and birdlife is plentiful.
Southbroom Golf Club is tucked up almost on the beach in places, with the 114m par three 4th hole, with a panoramic view of the beach and ocean, one of the most talked about holes by anyone who has played the course.
Margate Country Club is just off the highway, with some deceptively difficult par threes, like the 11th, which has a rockery at the back and a waterfall feature in front.
Port Shepstone Country Club is famed for its two distinct nine, with the front woody and secluded, and the back open and subject to the mood of whatever wind might be blowing.
A little inland, you’ll find 9-hole Harding Country Club. It’s a humble track, with the local farmers helping keep it in good nick.
Further along the coast, Selborne Park has a rare beauty and is similar to San Lameer in some regards, with a big emphasis on wildlife.
It’s the only course visible from the national highway, and golfers can’t but help take in a second look as they breeze past.
Umdoni Park is a fairly steep course, with some challenging uphill climbs, but this only makes way for some spectacular views of the ocean.
Scottburgh Golf Club is unusual in that it has a par 69 but don’t be fooled, as on a windy day, scoring can be difficult.
The view from the 18th tee, with the clubhouse in sight, is superb.
Umkomaas is the home club to PGA pro Tim Clark and its shortish layout meant he learnt to master the wedge game.
The 13th, a par three from an elevated tee to a raised green can be quite terrifying into a strong wind.