East Lon­don

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Promotion -

The East Lon­don golf course, on the other hand, is a joy to play, and has vis­tas to match as it tum­bles through the dunes above the ocean. It de­serves to be more widely recog­nised out­side this coun­try, be­cause its first 12 holes are ab­so­lutely sub­lime, and ter­rific fun to play. Re­cently host­ing the Africa Open for seven years on the Euro­pean Tour has put the course more in the pub­lic eye, yet the ab­sence of other good cour­ses nearby has pos­si­bly de­terred more vis­i­tors from trav­el­ling to Buf­falo City.

That will change now with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new Olive­wood course at Cintsa in Novem­ber. It’s less than a 30-minute drive from the city.With two good cour­ses, East Lon­don be­comes more of a golf des­ti­na­tion.

It’s dif­fi­cult to clas­sify East Lon­don. It’s too un­du­lat­ing to be a links, yet holes like the third and fourth in a val­ley close to the sea are pure links cre­ations.The in­land holes, from 13 to 16, are park­land in na­ture. It’s one of the great walks in golf, be­cause of the many paths through the in­dige­nous sub-trop­i­cal bush be­tween green and tee. And nu­mer­ous el­e­vated tee shots add to the thrill of play­ing here. Best of all about East Lon­don, though, is the un­usual holes you will find on the course, which makes it so unique, and the iso­la­tion of these holes among the bush. It has much in com­mon with Dur­ban CC in that re­spect. DCC has its iconic holes, and the three which stand out for me at East Lon­don are its best par 4s, the ninth, 12th and 18th.They are ex­tremely

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