KINGSWOOD – GARDEN ROUTE
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.