WILD COAST SUN - KZN SOUTH COAST
This is one of the most unique resort courses in world golf, a fabulous roller coaster of a layout over undulating Wild Coast topography which leaves golfers enthralled from first hole to last. The course, ranked No 13 in the last Golf Digest Top 100 (it has been in the top 10), is virtually unchanged from the day it was first opened in 1983. Designed by American, Robert Trent Jones Junior, it has a great mix of exciting holes, including six par 3s. Today it’s a carts-only course, because of the difficulty of walking the terrain, but it did start out as a course which golfers walked with local female caddies. They still assist golfers as forecaddies, and bravely venture into the bush to look for wayward golf balls.
A funicular railway, still to be seen, used to take golfers from the green of the 12th up a steep incline to the tee of the par-3 13th. These are two of the feature holes at the Wild Coast. The tee shot at the par-5 12th can be scary for those playing the course for the first time. You stand on the edge of a high precipice looking down on the fairway far below, and launch your ball into space. The tee shot at 13 has to carry a ravine. Wild Coast Sun, at the remote far end of the KZN South Coast, a two-hour drive from Durban (technically part of the Eastern Cape), is a special experience because of the vistas, the golfing challenges, and the great value green fee. And it has one of the most attractive 19th Holes in golf, the clubhouse perched on a hillside overlooking the uphill par-4 18th, with grand views out over the course. Golf operations manager: Benjamin Leonard.