Wild Coast - Eastern Cape - South Africa

Wild Coast Sun Resort,
Main Bizana Road,
Port Edward 4295,
South Africa

  • +27 (0) 39 305 9111

  • Golf Club Website

  • Off the N2/R61, 110 miles S of Durban

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Wild Coast Sun Country Club – another of the popular vacation destinations owned by the Sun International Leisure Group of Hotels, Resorts and Casinos – is laid out within a 1,800-acre estate on the edge of the Eastern Cape, overlooking the Indian Ocean, near Port Edward.

Constructed by Robert Trent Jones II in 1983, it remains the only course designed in South Africa by the American golf architect and it’s routed over terrain in keeping with the coastline around this part of the Cape; wild, rugged and spectacular.

Set in natural bush between the Umtamvuna and Mzamba rivers, Wild Coast Sun’s fairways rise and fall then twist and turn throughout its 6,400-yard length, presenting especially challenging holes at the six par three holes on the scorecard.

The par five 12th "Green Mamba" is rated one of the best 18 holes in South Africa, with the tee shot played from an elevated tee toward a cascading waterfall from where the fairway then cuts through a valley towards the kidney-shaped green and, when you’ve putted out, there’s a small funicular railway to transport you up the steep slope behind the green to the next tee! Many consider the 12th hole alone is worth the two-hour drive south from Durban to play Wild Coast. And if that's not enough, the book 500 world’s greatest golf holes by author George Peper and the editors of GOLF magazine features the 146-yard par three 13h at Wild Coast:

“The 1997 Wild Coast Challenge, a South African PGA event, saw how fickle winds can render this hole’s seemingly innocuous yardage meaningless. Players hit anything from punch five irons to three quarter wedges on this hole to adapt to the changing conditions, knowing that shots missing this green can land in all sorts of trouble. The ‘jungle’ is the most obvious hazard, but a rear bunker, giving way to another cluster of knotted vegetation, can be nearly as distressing.”

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Description: Set in natural bush between the Umtamvuna and Mzamba rivers, Wild Coast Sun’s fairways rise and fall then twist and turn... Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Kem Westdyk
This is without a doubt one of the best courses in South Africa, and, along with Sishen, the best value for money. A round of golf will set you back about 35 Euros, and the quality of the layout and conditioning of the couse make that a bargain! The best holes are probably te 12th and 13th. The 12th is a scary par 5, with the tee box sitting about 50 metres above the fairway, and your tee shot has to cross te ravine below. But once you can get the ball on the fairway, it becomes a fairly straightforward par 5. The views on this hole are absolutely magnificent! The 13th is probably the best of the 6 par 3's. About 160 yards, which can play as an 8 iron or 3 wood, depending on the wind. Speaking of which, if it really blows, the course becomes extremely difficult, and best is then to buy 10 extra balls from the locals (at about a Euro for a Pro V1) and play match play off the tips! My friend and I did that a while ago, halved the first hole in eights, and proceeded to have a ball! The Wild Coast course is one of about 6 very good courses to the south of Durban, one of the many areas in South Africa that absolutely HAS to be visited on a golf trip! Kem Westdyk, South Africa
May 02, 2011
8 / 10
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