KINGSWOOD – GAR­DEN ROUTE

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The growth of Ge­orge, the main cen­tre of the Gar­den Route, has led to a de­mand for more hous­ing, and the ur­ban life­style Kingswood es­tate in the heart of Ge­orge has be­come a de­sir­able place to live for old and new res­i­dents. It is home to a Sally Lit­tle sig­na­ture course, one of only two cour­ses in South Africa with a woman de­signer to its credit, the other be­ing An­nika Soren­stam’s Eu­pho­ria lay­out in Lim­popo.

Sally Lit­tle’s aim was to make the un­du­lat­ing course’s chal­lenges fe­male and fam­ily friendly, with few long car­ries from the tees, or in­tim­i­dat­ing wa­ter fea­tures. It is ranked No 74 in the Golf Di­gest Top 100.

Kingswood was proud to host an­other ma­jor tour­na­ment in Fe­bru­ary, the 72-hole SA Am­a­teur Stroke­play, which was won by French­man Edgar Cather­ine with an 11-un­der-par to­tal of 269. The nor­mal par of 72 was re­duced to 70 with two par 5s be­ing played as par 4s.

Kingswood is sand­wiched be­tween the Ge­orge Golf Club, which can be clearly seen on the back nine, as the two cour­ses come within me­tres of each other at their re­spec­tive 13th tees, and the Links at Fan­court, which is hid­den away be­hind the Kingswood club­house.

The course is a tale of two dif­fer­ent nines. The first nine has three par 5s, and eases golfers into the round, while the back nine is more chal­leng­ing, with a strong fin­ish from the down­hill 15th on­wards. The 18th is a par 3, and is pre­ceded by a long par 4.

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