Top 10: Golf Courses I have played...

I love top 10 lists, so I decided to make my own. Golf is unique, as the playing fields are never the same. Here is a list of the top 10 golf courses I have played before 2013. It might seem bias to some, as many of them are in my home province, and it is a bit bias as the scores I have on these courses have indeed influenced my list. I prefer playing golf along the coast and only three courses at altitude made my list. There are some courses that should be on this list, but perhaps I haven't played them yet.



#10   Umdoni Park Golf Club

Location:   Pennington, KZN, South Africa

Reason: It's a hidden gem, surrounded by sub-tropical forests. I always return and the greens are great.

Likes: The sea views and the wildlife makes it a peaceful outing. Friendly staff. Best value in KZN.

Dislikes: The course is narrow in places and the wind can kill your round. Some of the steep hills.

Image: The short, but tricky par 4 11th, what great views...

#09   Southbroom Golf Club

Location:   Southbroom, KZN, South Africa

Reason: I love this course as it flatters the scorecard. The par 3 4th hole is literally on the beach.

Likes: The quirky holes and the variety of trees. The short par fives. The food at halfway.

Dislikes: The long walks between some holes. Out-of-bounds on majority of the holes.

Image: Yes, that is a palm tree on the ninth green...

#08   Humewood Golf Club

Location:   Port Elizabeth, EC, South Africa

Reason: There is a lot of history on these grounds. One of the few genuine links courses in South Africa.

Likes: Some of the quirky bunkering. The strategic holes that challenges every golfer.

Dislikes: The wind always blows in this city. Unlucky bounces, but that's the nature of the links game.

Image: The par 5 15th hole is set in the sand dunes...

#07   Pecanwood Country Club

Location:   Hartebeespoort, NW, South Africa

Reason: It was the first course designed by Jack Nicklaus in South Africa.

Likes: The course is very fun to play and in great condition. There are many bunkers at Pecanwood.

Dislikes: The monotonous housing that surrounds the course. The Hartebeespoort Dam isn't clean.

Image: The par 3 8th hole, surrounded by sand...

#06   Glendower Golf Club

Location:   Johannesburg, GAU, South Africa

Reason: This is one of the best courses away from the coast. My score contributes to the reason.

Likes: The beautiful river lined with willow trees that runs through the property. Great layout.

Dislikes: The traffic on the course. The atmosphere feels a bit rushed.

Image: The par 3 third hole, don't go left...

#05   Zimbali Coastal Resort

Location:   Ballito, KZN, South Africa

Reason: It's an award winning course and didn't dissappoint. There is enough space in windy conditions.

Likes: The eco-factor. The housing doesn't intrude on the round. The greens are great. GPS.

Dislikes: The cart only policy. I prefer to walk on a golf course. Wet bunkers near some dams.

Image: The second hole is a stunning par 4...

#04   Wild Coast Sun Coutry Club

Location:   Port Edward, KZN, South Africa

Reason: Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed it. The dramatic landscape of the property. My hole-in-one.

Likes: The caddies have great personality. The course designer pulled off an ambitious project.

Dislikes: The first time score. There are six par 3's. A course one needs to get used to.

Image: The 16th has many hazards to avoid...

#03   Durban Country Club

Location:   Durban, KZN, South Africa

Reason: This is the most celebrated venue in South African golf. I got to spend a week working here.

Likes: The final score is never great, but over the years I remember all the moments that were great.

Dislikes: The difficulty of this course can demoralize most golfers. No room for error in windy conditions.

Image: The second hole of a brilliant opening stretch...

#02   George Golf Club

Location:   George, WC, South Africa

Reason: It is the oldest Garden Route course. One of the most scenic South African courses.

Likes: The mature trees. The lake area and the botanical feel of the course. Great condition.

Dislikes: Your shot-making needs to be accurate. Some sidehill slopes seem to be unfair.

Image: The scenic closing hole...

#01   Serengeti Golf Club

Location:   Kempton Park, GAU, South Africa

Reason: Jack Nicklaus did a great job designing this beauty. It was a graduation gift to play here.

Likes: The greenest course in the winter time. There are many strategic options given to the golfer.

Dislikes: The proximity to the O.R. Tambo International Airport. Some greens have very difficult slopes.

Image: Some of the inward nine holes...

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Comments (9)

  1. katbrennan

    I think my parents are members of a country club ( but I know my dad would love something like this. Golf is one of his favorite things.

    January 21, 2014
  2. knightejason

    My grandpa was a member of a country club for a long time. He used to live right next to a country club down in Las Vegas so he would go over there all of the time. He tried to get me into golf back then, but I didn’t take to it. I just wish that I had because he is not around anymore and golf sounds like a nice way to relax.


    April 19, 2014
  3. pamfreeman22

    I love golfing! Some of the courses I’ve been to have been nice. I really enjoy being out early before the sun.

    August 13, 2014
  4. pauloherman78

    I appreciate the information about your favorite golf courses. I live in an apartment complex next to a golf course. I love going golfing there with my work buddies. It’s the only place I go golfing though, so I’m looking for other golf courses to golf at.

    September 03, 2014
  5. georgejefferson

    I go golfing with my dad and brothers probably 3 or 4 times each year. Most of us aren’t very good at it but its still really fun to go and mess with each other. Apparently I have a really goofy looking swing, not quite like Charles Barkley though. I think golfing is a really great way to bond with people especially when you’re all getting older and less mobile.

    October 10, 2014
  6. geraldvonberger

    Some of those look really amazing! I find it so relaxing to be out on the golf course in the morning. It just feels nice. Of course, it would be more relaxing if I wasn’t so bad at golfing. I really should get lessons.

    October 15, 2014
  7. kurtcooksalot16

    Looking at these courses and hearing your experiences makes me want to go out to them! Once I have the money to do so, I will be on the green more often. Well, right now it is more so in the rough than on the green haha!

    December 01, 2014
  8. lould1941

    Thanks for the passing of this info here with that we can get the better place for the playing of golf. The fans of the professional research paper writing service are only proffering them. These places are having good golf holes.

    December 20, 2016