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Without a doubt one of the best courses in South Africa, and maybe the best of them all. It is unfortunately one of only a handful of courses in SA that are not easily accessible (you have to be a guest of a member or stay in the hotel to be allowed to play there). The green fee is also quite high by South African standards. That being said, the course and facilities are world class. Gary Player rates it as one of his favourite three golf courses in the world, and he has really created something special. He basically fashioned a man-made links out of an old airstrip, and even though it is a few miles from the coast, it looks and plays like some of the top UK links courses, and the dunes seem completely natural. A slight negative is the difficulty. In any kind of wind it is easily as difficult as Carnoustie (which I have played) or even more so. I played the course on a reasonably calm day, and still managed to lose a few balls. But the experience is fantastic, regardless of your score. The 2nd hole ("Long drop") and 15th ("Roon the Bend") were my favourite holes, but there is not really a weak hole on the course.

Date: August 14, 2009

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