8 IN­DIGE­NOUS GOLF GEMS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Golf Digest | Top 100 -

Older cour­ses where you can es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of mod­ern life, and imag­ine how golf was played in another qui­eter era. The con­di­tion­ing might not al­ways be per­fect, the greens plain in shape, but your shot-mak­ing skills will be tested. GOLDFIELDS WEST, GAUT­ENG

The club is part of the Cen­tral Gaut­eng Golf Union, so it’s an hour’s drive from Sand­ton. MO­GOL, LIM­POPO

Largely un­heard of Bob Grims­dell de­sign, in the sub­urbs of Lepha­lale (El­lis­ras), with gi­ant trees in the fair­ways. TZANEEN, LIM­POPO

Un­du­lat­ing al­most all the time, with spec­tac­u­lar ex­otic trees lin­ing the fair­ways. SISHEN, NORTH­ERN CAPE

Bob Grims­dell’s fi­nal work 40 years ago, pos­si­bly his best, in a kameel­dor­ing for­est. UM­DONI PARK, KZN SOUTH COAST

Quirky, hilly and breath­tak­ingly scenic, hid­den away on a rocky Indian Ocean shore­line. PORT SHEP­STONE, KZN SOUTH COAST

On the Mz­imkhulu River, with 9 holes in the for­est and 9 ex­posed to sea breezes on more open ter­rain. ROYAL PORT AL­FRED, EASTERN CAPE

Old-fash­ioned quaint holes among sea­side dunes that have hardly changed from 100 years ago. WEST BANK, EASTERN CAPE

Spec­tac­u­lar set­ting on the ocean in East Lon­don, filled with un­usual holes, and cur­rently in much im­proved con­di­tion.

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