BEACHWOOD - KZN
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.