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