BEACHWOOD - KZN

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

This unique Dur­ban North golf course be­came part of Dur­ban Coun­try Club in 1994, and that merger not only saved Beachwood from pos­si­ble clo­sure, but also re­sulted in an out­stand­ing up­grade to the 1930s course by Gary Player De­sign, and a new club­house. It has con­sis­tently been ranked among the premier cour­ses in South Africa, and was No 33 in the 2016 Top 100 rank­ings.

Beachwood is an en­vi­ron­men­tal gem right on the In­dian Ocean, but the ad­ja­cent beach is mainly hid­den from the course by in­dige­nous bush. It’s known as a nar­row course where you need to be pre­cise with your shot­mak­ing, and there are plenty of chal­leng­ing tee shots to be faced at var­i­ous stages of the round.

Sadly, the fu­ture of the course is un­clear, as Dur­ban CC has de­cided on selling the land to de­vel­op­ers, de­spite be­ing an area of nat­u­ral beauty. The good news for now though is that the new own­ers wish to keep the course open for at least an­other three years, man­aged by Dur­ban CC. Mem­o­rable hole: Like Dur­ban CC, there are a sur­pris­ing num­ber of el­e­va­tion changes, and the stroke one sixth hole must rank as one of the best par 4s in the coun­try, played from a high back tee to a fair­way which doglegs left over a stream, de­mand­ing two of your best shots to reach a large green. Golf direc­tor: Don Gam­mon.

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