WILD COAST SUN - KZN SOUTH COAST

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life Passings -

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.

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