Course Review: Durban Country Club

15 Nov

Durban Country Club or DCC will forever hold a special place in my heart as it is a course where I broke 80 for the first time since taking up golf after a 10 year break.  It is a tight, compact course but is lots of fun and has one of the most stunning par 5 holes you’ll ever come across.

I played the Durban Country Club after an eventful 24 hours…less than a day before teeing off I was on another continent. One long haul flight plus one shot haul flight later, I was at an office party with my colleagues in South Africa and then after just 4 hours of sleep, I was enroute from Pietermaritzburg to the King Shaka International Airport to pick up my partner-in-crime golf buddy, my bro-in-law, to tee it up at the Zimbali Country Club.  The plan was to play 18 holes at Zimbali and then try to get in another 18 at Durban Country Club before the afternoon field closed. Unfortunately, we had some very slow golfers ahead of us and finished off at Zimbali much later than we had planned to.

We hot-footed it to Durban Country Club and after some negotiating and pleading, we were off on the 10th chasing to finish 18 holes before we lost the light. Given the events leading up to our round at Durban Country Club, I didn’t hold much of an expectation on posting a good score and played the course to enjoy it…

One of the older courses in the country and a regular host to the SA Open, Durban Country Club is a slightly short but very testing course. Some undulating fairways, deep bunkers and tight shots off the tee make it a bit of a challenge but given that you don’t have to use you driver off every tee, it does make finding the fairways easier and if you find fairways, it makes it easier to score.

The greens felt a bit hard and didn’t hold the ball very well but ran true and fast. The fairways, built on reclaimed beach, are bit softer than what I was used to but this allows you to hit the ball a bit more aggressively. I made lots of “up and downs” which helped me come in with a 76 – a score that is always a big boost to a 12 handicapper (I promise I’m not a bandit). The score will always make me a bit bias in my judgement of Durban Country Club so I’ll always say it’s a brilliant course that must be played when in Durban – if not for my recommendation than to play the Par 5, 3rd hole which is rated the “best 3rd hole in the world”

Par: 72
Championship Tees: 6,157 meters/6,733 yards
Club Tees: 5,910 meters/6,463 yards
Ladies Tees: 5,250 meters/5,741 yards
Front nine: Two x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, Five x Par 4s
Back nine: Two x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, Five x Par 4s
Cost of a Round: Between ZAR 220.00 and ZAR 385.00

Durban Country Club

The Par 5, 3rd

Hitting it well

80 Broken at Durban Country Club