5 COUR­SES ON THE UP

Dur­banville, Pe­can­wood, Riviera, Bloem­fontein and At­lantic Beach.

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Keep­ing a course in top con­di­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly ex­pen­sive, and ris­ing main­te­nance bud­gets mean only the wealth­ier clubs can af­ford to sus­tain their cour­ses at peak con­di­tion all year. Nev­er­the­less, sev­eral cour­ses have shown markedly im­proved con­di­tion­ing, as green­keep­ers and course su­per­in­ten­dents con­tinue to show pas­sion and com­mit­ment to their labours of love.

Among those which have come to our at­ten­tion are: DUR­BANVILLE: One of many cour­ses na­tion­wide which have out­sourced their main­te­nance to South­ern Turf Man­age­ment, which has be­come the big­gest course main­te­nance con­trac­tor in South Africa. How­ever, it’s usu­ally the in­di­vid­ual green­keeper at the course who makes the di er­ence, and at Dur­banville in the north­ern sub­urbs of Cape Town it is Chris Kit­son who has helped take the course to another level. Dur­banville is a course push­ing for Top 100 sta­tus, backed by a proac­tive com­mit­tee and gen­eral man­ager, and it’s now just on the out­side look­ing in. PE­CAN­WOOD: The Jack Nick­laus design at Hart­bee- spoort Dam was al­ways one of the top 10 con­di­tioned cour­ses in South Africa, yet stan­dards started to slip some ve years back as bud­gets were re­duced, and the steady de­te­ri­o­ra­tion saw its rank­ing plum­met. It has now fallen out of the top 30 for the rst time, yet Golf Di­gest’s raters gen­er­ally con-firm an im­prove­ment in the gen­eral con­di­tion­ing, es­pe­cially the bunker­ing. It was a ma­jor set­back for the course when a hail­storm dam­aged the greens in Jan­uary just when it was com­ing back to its best. RIVIERA: This course re­turns to the Top 100 for the rst time since 2002, not just be­cause of high lev­els of con­di­tion­ing on a tight bud­get in a de­pressed golf­ing mar­ket in the Vaal Tri­an­gle, but for a

MOUN­TAIN BACK­DROP

The Ma­galies­berg range tower over the Jack Nick­laus design at Pe­can­wood. This is the par-3 third hole.

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