For those of us fortunate to travel the world playing golf, the identi cation of a ‘hidden gem’ is the Holy Grail we all seek. Bobby Locke quite rightly once said “Humewood Golf Club is good enough to host The Open should this championship ever be played outside Britain.” As a lover of true links golf and a native of Ireland, I couldn’t agree more.
Humewood is the only true links in Africa, and with 44 bunkers it boasts a massively underrated layout worthy of major events. I applaud the work of Darius Oliver as tagging Humewood in his Planet Golf Top 100 courses in the World.This links is so enjoyable and under the radar that I re-arranged my itinerary to play it twice.
It epitomises the low-key nature of those sleepy golf clubs you nd in Britain and Ireland. No frills, no country club, just 100% commitment to true links golf.Among the many highlights on the front nine is the celebrated stretch from the second to sixth which o er as much challenge as anything you’ll see on the Open rotation. The back nine highlights are numerous, including the superb par4 tenth, and the magni cent uphill 13th, arguably the best par 4 in the country.
Of the dozen or so members I spoke to, almost everybody had a di erent favourite hole, which indicated to me the wide array of excellent holes. It’s not the longest course, but length is unquestionably irrelevant when you’re on an old classic like this.The routing and design variety at Humewood would even have had C B Macdonald and Seth Raynor taking photographs. The members don’t know how lucky they are to have access to such a fabulous layout which I’d happily play every week.
The 15th at Humewood.
Gary Player Country Club.