BLUFF NA­TIONAL PARK BACK FROM NEAR-CLO­SURE

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - South Africa's Top 100 -

No­table cour­ses to have closed in 2015 in­cluded King David, Crown Mines and Blyvooruitzicht, all Top 100 cour­ses at one stage or other over the last 18 years. King David was No 75 in the 2014 rank­ings. One KwaZulu-Natal course which looked in im­mi­nent dan­ger of clos­ing was Bluff Na­tional Park ( above) in Dur­ban, which was No 82 back in 2003. KZN rater Trevor King says the course has been trans­formed back to its for­mer glory thanks to a gen­er­ous cash in­jec­tion from a group of busi­ness­men led by the cur­rent cap­tain. A new green­keeper has made a dif­fer­ence. The com­plaint was al­ways that Bluff was too long and dif­fi­cult. New tees have short­ened the course, bunkers have been filled in, and it’s now more playable for the av­er­age golfer. The back tees have still been re­tained and so it can still be set up for cham­pi­onships. It hosted the KZN qual­i­fier for the SA Stroke­play. – Trevor King

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