Katberg Eco estate
My next destination, after Olivewood, was the Katberg Eco estate. I had an interesting drive, towards a largely empty mountainous wilderness which also includes the Hogsback.After detouring through Komga, which has a 9-holer, I took the new N6 highway to Cathcart, a wide and fast road complimented by the most picturesque scenery. I was told this was the best way to reach Katberg from East London, even though you first have to drive north, before turning south again.There’s no direct route through the mountains.At Cathcart you turn off for the R67 and the beautiful Nico Malan Pass which takes you down to Seymour and then via dirt roads to Katberg.
The estate is 930 metres above sea level, and it’s a stunning property for those who enjoy peace and tranquility. Now that the old resort hotel has been closed, the only accommodation is in houses on the estate.With no shop you need to bring in all your provisions, although there is a pub/restaurant at the clubhouse. Popular at weekends, it’s a place to relax and escape the outside world, and there’s few to match it in that respect.
Golf Data built an 18-hole course in 2008, and Kat Leisure own this and Simola in Knysna.The course is 5 661 metres from the tips, and the layout can thus be enjoyed by good golfers and novices alike. Smallish greens and the hilly nature of the holes make for a pleasant challenge, and the conditioning is remarkable for somewhere so remote. It ends with a superb par 3 from a high tee down towards the clubhouse.
Katberg is almost equidistant from both Port Elizabeth and East London, no more than 2½ hours by car. I returned to PE via Grahamstown, and then went on to St Francis Bay, stopping off at Wedgewood, another excellent new Golf Data course which has entered the Golf Digest Top 100. It’s a remodelling of the original Wedgwood, which you can recognise in places on the hilly back nine. It’s a pay-and-play facility, and is proving popular among PE golfers, being good value, entertaining to play, and possessing bent grass greens of a supremely good quality. Bay