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Former ten­nis star and Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Kevin Cur­ren is to­day an out­stand­ing am­a­teur golfer who has rep­re­sented the KZN se­nior team at the In­ter­provin­cial. He is a mem­ber of the Golf Di­gest rat­ing team, and these were his views on three of our lead­ing cour­ses.


Last Oc­to­ber I had the op­por­tu­nity to play Hume­wood on five con­sec­u­tive days at the SA Se­nior Am­a­teur, and I de­vel­oped a tremen­dous re­spect for the course lay­out and design. I never ap­pre­ci­ated what a gem this course is, es­pe­cially with the new greens. Play­ing in vastly dif­fer­ent wind con­di­tions each day, and the pres­sure of tour­na­ment play, I gath­ered a new per­spec­tive of this magnificent lay­out.

What a great test of golf it pro­vides, test­ing ev­ery club in the bag, yet of­fer­ing mul­ti­ple op­tions off the tee, ap­proaches and up-and­down shots. Hav­ing had such a thor­ough op­por­tu­nity to eval­u­ate the course, I would rate it sig­nif­i­cantly higher than I did a few years ago, and it should be in the top 10, pos­si­bly as high as num­ber 6. I rate it a bet­ter links lay­out than Fan­court Links, yet the over­all aes­thet­ics and con­di­tion of Fan­court is su­pe­rior and thus scores high.


Hav­ing played five days there in the Se­nior IPT last year, I also have a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for this course. It has grown in ex­tremely well. It was an ideal course for “match play” and the mark of a great course is never tir­ing of play­ing it ev­ery day of the week. It is a su­perb lay­out. Some holes could be deemed a lit­tle harsh with tight fair­ways and deep rough, yet the va­ri­ety and risk-re­ward of­fer­ings are en­tic­ing. I also found it pleas­ing to the eye – quite a feat given that de­signer Peter Matkovich started with a quarry. Pos­si­bly too tough for a 15-hand­i­cap, but I thor­oughly en­joyed it and be­lieve it should be in the top 20.


The course has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly un­der the man­age­ment of Walling­ton Turf the past 12 months. The greens are de­vel­op­ing deep roots and thus a more con­sis­tent and pure putting sur­face. The gen­eral pre­sen­ta­tion of the course is con­stantly im­prov­ing with the con­tin­ual cut-back of veg­e­ta­tion and alien trees, which brings to the fore many of the long hid­den out­stand­ing fea­tures of the course.

The new eighth tee box has been a rev­e­la­tion and the hole is vastly im­proved, both vis­ually and playa­bil­ity wise. There is still work to be done in get­ting the bunkers up to stan­dard (proper drainage and con­sis­tency of sand). How­ever, the lay­out and design are su­pe­rior to Leop­ard Creek, Sun City and The Links, and I would have no hes­i­ta­tion in restor­ing it as the No 1 course in South Africa.

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