MAG­I­CAL GOLF AT UMDONI PARK

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Iam writ­ing to share with you the mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence I had at Umdoni Park (pic­tured above), when I vis­ited there for the first time as part of a 32-man KZN South Coast golf tour called the Stokkies­draai. Our first two days we played at Sel­borne, which I was im­pressed with, but I was to­tally in awe of Umdoni.Af­ter driv­ing through the se­cu­rity gate on a gravel road from Pen­ning­ton you sud­denly come across the course, and a spec­tac­u­lar club­house over­look­ing the ocean.The con­trast be­tween the front and back nines is note­wor­thy, whilst the slopes and an­gles en­coun­tered is as­ton­ish­ing.

The unique lay­out is truly amaz­ing. Ma­juba and the Lad­der are ex­cep­tional par 3s, but my favourite hole (in SA) is the par-4 stroke 1 17th.The sense one gets from be­ing in the dense for­est, in the bottom of a val­ley, and just the hole in front of you is like see­ing a uni­corn for the first time. If pos­si­ble can you do a sec­tion on unique holes from the top 100 cour­ses? I know there are dif­fer­ent opin­ions but maybe you can set the cri­te­ria. Morne Burger, Cape Town There are nu­mer­ous unique holes on our golf cour­ses, yet it would be hard to de­fine them into a cat­e­gory. How­ever, we will give it a try in a fu­ture is­sue. Older cour­ses like Umdoni tend to have par­tic­u­larly quirky holes be­cause of its hilly ter­rain, and the lack of earth­mov­ing equip­ment back in 1930 when it was built.Among mod­ern cour­ses, some unique holes can be found at The Links at Fan­court, Lost City, St Fran­cis Links, Pin­na­cle Point, Ebotse Links and Wild Coast, among oth­ers.

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