Located on South Africa’s east coast, less than a 30 minute drive from downtown Durban is the Zimbali Country Club.
A relatively new course that was christened in the late 90s, Zimbali Country Club is a pleasure to play and provides some stunning tee shots. It’s a lush coastal course that, despite not being directly next to the sea, still gives you the challenge of seaside golf with strong coastal winds making club selection a gamble.
There are two holes I absolutely love at Zimbali – the par 3 5th hole and the Par 5 17th hole. The 5th hole is a downhill Par 3 where you tee off from an elevated tee box to a semi-island green with the Indian Ocean providing a stunning backdrop to the hole – without doubt one of the prettiest par 3 holes in the country.
The Par 5 17th is a very short par 5 where you can easily hit a driver and a iron to get to the green – you would be hitting your driver downhill and your iron uphill as the hole plays through a small valley. A little bit of accuracy will give you a good Eagle opportunity.
I have enjoyed tearing around Zimbali about five or six times and have thoroughly enjoyed it each time. I always struggle with club selection but that doesn’t take anything away from playing the course. The beautiful views, the lush forest (and monkeys) and the manicured fairways always impress – be sure to tee it up at Zimbali Country Club if you every find yourself in that part of South Africa.
Professional Tees: 6,524 meters/7,134 yards
Club Tees: 6,052 meters/6,618 yards
Forward Tees: 5,569 meters/6,090 yards
Ladies Tees: 4,858 meters/5,312 yards
Front nine: Two x Par 5, 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 Weekend: Between ZAR 395.00 and ZAR 450.00