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...