Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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.

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