A course steeped in history and tradition, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by Golf Magazine USA. It is also rated in the Top 5 golf courses in South Africa by Golf Digest SA.
A combination of lush coastal vegetation, sand dunes and stunning views of the Indian Ocean make this course one of the most unique, and challenging, in the world. One of the defining characteristics of Durban Country Club are the massive undulations on the fairways, especially noticeable on the 5th, 8th and 17th holes. Offering a typical links layout, the coastal sand dunes on which the course is built, offer an interesting and sometimes difficult round to both the amateur and pro golfer alike.
Durban Country Club is a shot makers course that you have to think your way around. Most golfers don’t make use of their driver until well into their round due to the narrowness of the opening holes.
The course, overlooking the Blue Lagoon estuary and the Indian Ocean, has hosted the South African Open 17 times, including the centenary SA Open in 2010, more than any other club in South Africa. Also home to the Volvo Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Signature Hole – Hole 3, par 5
The par five 468-metre 3rd hole is rated the best 3rd in the world, featuring a narrow fairway lined with dense bush. A well-placed bunker on the left-hand side combines to make for a very tricky hole, making the 3rd one of most popular holes on the course.
Playing from a high tee – the highest point on the course – and overlooking the Indian Ocean and valley below, the 3rd hole is completely exposed to the sometimes powerful gusting ocean winds, proving a very tricky tee off. Players must avoid the trees on the right of this straight-away hole, but also miss the large fairway bunker that sits in the landing area on the left. Large trees protect the green’s left portion and will also punish any shot hit too long.