Kwazulu Natal

Kwazulu-Natal occupies an area of around 36,000 square miles and it lies to the east of South Africa, bordering three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. Durban, the largest provincial city and busiest port in the country is also a well-developed tourist centre that markets its sub-tropical climate and long, sandy beachfront to potential visitors.

The KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union is the governing body for male amateur golfers in the province and its 91 member clubs are spread throughout the five districts of Zululand, Northern Natal, Midlands, North Coast and Southern Natal. Female golfers have their own provincial authority, the Kwazulu-Natal Ladies Golf Association, an organisation that can trace its roots back to 1918.

Any list of top tracks in KwaZulu-Natal has to include three terrific Peter Matkovich courses at Prince’s Grant, Cotswold Downs and San Lameer. Hugh Baiocchi’s Champagne Sports course at Winterton and the 18 holes of Tom Weiskopf’s Zimbali course are wonderful late 1990s designs, but the “Best in Province” tag still belongs to the old Durban (Country Club) layout that was first played in 1922.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Kwazulu Natal

Durban (Country Club)

1st Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

The Country Club course at Durban Country Club has played host to sixteen South African Opens, more than any other course in the land.

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Description: The Country Club course at Durban Country Club has played host to sixteen South African Opens, more than any other course in the land. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

Zimbali

2nd Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Zimbali's 18 holes are laid out within a coastal forest reserve and the course is routed through wetlands and woodland with substantial changes in elevation throughout.

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Description: Zimbali's 18 holes are laid out within a coastal forest reserve and the course is routed through wetlands and woodland with substantial changes in elevation throughout. Rating: 4 out of 6

Champagne Sports

3rd Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Johannesburg golfer Hugh Baiocchi designed the 18-hole championship course at Champagne Sports Resort and it first opened for play in 1997.

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Durban (Beachwood)

4th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Beachwood was originally designed around a mangrove swamp. It's a tight, undulating seaside course in a delightful tropical setting.

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Description: Beachwood was originally designed around a mangrove swamp. It's a tight, undulating seaside course in a delightful tropical setting. Rating: 4 out of 6

Cotswold Downs

5th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Peter Matkovich routed the Cotswold Downs golf course across a former sugar-cane farm. The undulations on this elevated site make the golf exciting and the club is renowned for its tip-top conditioning.

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Prince's Grant

6th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

The signature hole at Prince’s Grant is the 560-yard par five 15th. "Umvoti" plays from an elevated tee to a green down beside the Indian Ocean...

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Description: The signature hole at Prince’s Grant is the 560-yard par five 15th. "Umvoti" plays from an elevated tee to a green down beside the Indian Ocean... Rating: 6 out of 6

Gowrie Farm

7th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Intriguingly, the fairways of the nine-hole Gowrie Farm course play to twelve greens in what might best be described as a highly unconventional golfing configuration.

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Selborne

8th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Selborne is laid out within a 200-acre estate in two returning loops and most holes have water to contend with...

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Description: Selborne is laid out within a 200-acre estate in two returning loops and most holes have water to contend with... Rating: 5 out of 6

Victoria Country Club

9th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Upgraded to USGA standards by Golf Data in 2007, the course at Victoria Country Club is set out over wonderful rolling terrain in the parklands beside the Queen Elizabeth Nature Reserve.

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Mount Edgecombe (No.1)

10th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area

Mount Edgecombe Country Club’s No.1 course is a fine old parkland layout that was laid out by Sid Brews in 1935 then redesigned to USGA specifications by Hugh Baiocchi in 1992.

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