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LLocated conveniently halfway between the Drakensberg mountain range and the coast, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands region has given rise to numerous challenging country courses, each with its own distinct personality. From top-notch establishments such as Champagne Sports Resort, to welcoming small country clubs, the area has it all.
Champagne Sports Resort is constantly ranked among the top golf courses in South Africa and is highly recommended for anyone looking to spend some time in the northern Drakensberg. While this is arguably the region’s flagship course, there are many others to try out.
In 2008 Mooi River’s Gowrie Farm came full circle by returning to its 1920s golf course status. The design of the 9-hole, par-71 Gowrie Golf Course was influenced by the old courses of Scotland and the early 1900s courses of the United States.
Set in the Drakensberg foothills, the Mooi River Country Club boasts an 11-hole, 18-tee, par-72 course that’s been described as one of the most beautiful courses in the Midlands. A bar, full menu and reasonable fees make this an appealing family destination.
With an elevated 6th hole known as Thrombosis Hill, the Glengarry course – on the Drakensberg Gardens Hotel grounds – is set to challenge all players. The panoramic view of the mountainous surrounds is a fair exchange for the demands of some seriously undulating holes, water hazards and trees.
Sakabula Golf Club is a fenced, 18-hole, par-73 course featuring two totally different sets of 9 holes, akin to playing 2 separate courses. You’ll find Sakabula 15 minutes’ drive from Pietermaritzburg in a relaxed rural setting.
Built in the early 1960s, the 9-hole, 18-tee, par-72 short Bosch Hoek Golf Estate in Balgowan winds around a lake, dams, streams and ancient trees to provide a challenging course. With water features on 7 holes, abundant birdlife, indigenous surrounds and good, old-fashioned country tranquility, Bosch Hoek invites Midlands travellers to stop in for a quick round. A strategically situated clubhouse overlooks the course and provides a welcome oasis.
In Pietermaritzburg you’ll find the Maritzburg Golf Club, built in 1886. This course boasts lush, smooth cynodon greens and fairways lined with pine trees.
Just outside Pietermaritzburg the postcard-pretty Victoria Country Club invites golfers to a safe venue adjoining the Queen Elizabeth Nature Reserve. Over the years the parklands and grasslands of this meandering course have attracted many wonderful birds.
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Who to contact
Champagne Sports Resort
Tel: +27 (0)36 468 8000
Gowrie Farm Golf Estate
Tel: +27 (0)33 266 6348
Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club
Tel: +27 (0)33 701 1355
Tel: +27 (0)64 640 7105
Tel: +27 (0)31 267 1368
Sakabula Golf Course
Tel: +27 (0)33 330 6751
Bosch Hoek Golf & Country Estate
Tel: +27 (0)33 234 4232
Maritzburg Golf Club
Tel: +27 (0)33 396 2356
Victoria Country Club
Tel: +27 (0)33 347 1942
How to get here
Your most convenient option is to hire a car from King Shaka International Airport and drive; the roads are in excellent condition.
Best time to visit
The winter months between May and October are generally cooler, quieter and rain-free.
Things to do
The Midland Meander takes you through scenic roads populated with craft stalls, interesting shops, craft breweries, restaurants and more.
What will it cost?
A round of 18 holes will vary from approx. R300 to R600.
Where to stay
There are lovely B&Bs and country hotels along the meander. Take your pick.
Length of stay
Spend a week at least if you have the time; you'll find you enjoy the Midlands more each day.
What to pack
A hat is a must for the South African sun.
- Golf in South Africa
- Champagne Sports Resort
- Gowrie Farm Golf Estate
- Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club
- Sakabula Golf Course