MAGICAL GOLF AT UMDONI PARK
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.