Many South African golfers insist that the Wild Coast Sun Country Club’s course is the most beautiful in the land. However, this course is much more than just a pretty face. On a calm day, the uninitiated player might suggest that the course lacks “bite” and that a shot or two might be shaved off the par figure of 70. But even the gentlest of winds can turn this course into a very different proposition.
Firstly, the card shows six par-threes – unusual, but not a radical departure from the norm. What is unusual is the quality of each of these one-shotters – each very different, none very long, but every one a beauty. Some of South Africa's finest and certainly most dramatic golf holes can be found here. The thirteenth, a par 3 played across a waterfall is generally regarded the best short hole in the country.
And for drama nothing can match the outstanding par 5, twelfth. Here the drive is hit from a high elevated tee to a fairway far below that snakes its way through a valley flanked by a dam and stream on the left with a natural hillock on the right. The more of the river you take on with your drive the easier the approach to the green - an excellent example of a risk and reward par 5.
Then there exists a strange contradiction – although the course lies near to the Indian Ocean, it bears little resemblance to any classic links, although some holes would not be out of place in Ireland or Scotland. It is immediately noticeable how the routing has been cleverly devised to make the most of the two prevailing winds – from the north and south. Two very different nines, but both a treat.
From the opening hole, which sweeps down towards a lagoon with the Indian Ocean forming a backdrop, one would be convinced that this is a special course.
The celebrated, often controversial course architect, Robert Trent Jones Jnr was commissioned to design the course at the Wild Coast Sun. While some critics suggested that he could hardly go wrong given the magnificent land available, he made every effort to utilise the natural topography to the full. The result is a course like no other.
In keeping with modern business trends, the Wild Coast has boosted its fleet of carts to 60, with a few in reserve. This will cater for a full field of 120 players at any one time. Although carts are compulsory, this does not detract from the competitive challenge. The course may be a daunting challenge for professionals and amateurs alike but its wide fairways and huge greens, attract golfers of all levels.
The Wild Coast Sun resort, on the South Coast, is a one and a half hour drive from Durban.
Bar: 10h00 - 19h00 The Country Club restaurant offers a great halfway house lunch and the bar has commanding views of the golf course and offers light snacks and drinks.
Snacks: 08h00 - 16h00
Practise & Putting Green
A putting green is situated close to the club house and a practice facility is available nearby. Own balls and equipment are essential.
Physical address Main Bizana Road Amadiba District
Mzamba Eastern Cape South Africa
Postal address PO Box 23 Port Edward 4295 South Africa
Telephone numbers Golf Reservations: +27 39 305 2799
Pro Shop: +27 39 305 2799
Fax number +27 39 305 2810
Course designer Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Date course opened 1983
Course type 18-hole Championship Coastal
Grass type Fairways and tees – Cynodin
Greens – Country Club
Driving range Practice range available
Course rating Club 69
Length of course Championship - 5807 metres
Club - 5329 metres
Ladies - 4579 metres
Cart hire Cart Compulsory Course.
Club hire Available.
Dress code Standard dress code applies. Soft spikes only.
Clubhouse facilities Pro Shop (fully stocked), practice putting green, restaurant and bar, halfway house, change rooms with locker facilities and showers.
Other sporting 2 tennis courts (floodlit), 2 squash courts,
facilities 1 bowling green, horse riding, range of watersports at Waterworld, fully equipped health club, health and beauty spa.