Selborne - Kwazulu Natal - South Africa

Selborne Hotel,
Spa & Golf Estate,
Old Main Road,
Pennington 4184,
South Africa

  • +27 (0) 39 688 1800

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  • Denis Barker

  • Trevor Wilkes

Local farmer Denis Barker acquired the Selborne estate in 1979 and within ten years, he and his son Gary had transformed a large portion of the property into an 18-hole parkland golf course, becoming the first of many South African landowners to do this in the last twenty years or so.

Situated an hour’s drive south of Durban city centre, the Selborne course is laid out within the 200-acre estate in two returning loops and most holes have water to contend with, either off the tee or around the green – in fact, only holes 1, 12 and 13 are without ponds or streams.

Fairways are relatively wide but don’t stray too far from the short cut grass as you may have trouble finding golf balls in either the foliage of the mature trees or in the thick bush lining most holes.

The signature hole at Selborne is played early in the round at the downhill, 520-yard, par five 3rd. One of the tighter holes on the card, it doglegs gently right to left, with out of bounds down the left of the fairway and trees on the right. With a pond lurking short right of the putting surface, more water to the left and back of the green and a mahogany tree to the front, a par here will be a very satisfying score.

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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: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1
stephen cole
Just returned from Selborne (Nov 11) and despite the heavy rain it was good to see the course returning to a better condition, the greens are in good shape and the course is as pretty as ever. The par 5 3rd is still one of the best holes I have ever played and it has not got any easier. You must be straight off the tee around Selborne as the lush jungle will not spit your ball back. If you play this for the first time get a caddie, their knowledge is amazing and as the course is not flat yardage can be tricky. I look forward to going back soon and hope the weather is better so I can see the course and wildlife at its most splendid.
November 29, 2011
8 / 10
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