This year’s Ryder Cup takes place 27 September to 2 October at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. While that is many miles from Umhlanga, it may well inspire you to hit a few balls at one of the selection of superb golf courses in and around Umhlanga.
September and October are glorious months to play a round of golf, as the weather is not yet too hot, but the days are steadily getting longer. With no fewer than eleven golf courses within a 35km radius of Umhlanga, golfing enthusiasts have plenty from which to choose.
Here are our top choices:
Zimbali Country Club
Situated in an eco-conscious golf course and estate, Zimbali offers one of the toughest tests of golf in the region. Holes one to eleven present idyllic vantage points from which to enjoy the views. The final seven holes take you through the Zimbali indigenous forest.
Ranked amongst the best in South Africa, Prince’s Grant links/parkland golf course offers stunning coastal scenery, large greens, impressive fairways, and well-placed hazards and bunkers. This championship quality course provides a challenge for higher handicap golfers, and ample risk and reward opportunities for the top golfer.
Umhlali Country Club
Known as the gem of the North Coast, the 18 hole Umhlali Country Club golf course was designed by Peter Matkovich, and boasts meticulously maintained fairways which cater to the skilled as well as the not so skilled golfer.
Mount Edgecombe Country Club
Inland of Umhlanga Rocks, the two championship courses of Mount Edgecombe have been designed around the natural lie and habitat of the land. Originally part of a sugar estate and sugarmill, Mount Edgecombe Country Club course is one of South Africa’s highest-rated golf courses
Durban Country Club
The only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA, Durban Country Club overlooks the Blue Lagoon estuary and the Indian Ocean. The renowned Championship course hosts some of the Sunshine Tour’s annual tournaments.