Yellow 6016 metres, CR 72.0/136
White 5883 metres, CR71.2/134
Blue 5445 metres, CR68.8/124
Red 5293 metres, CR68.0/121
Women’s blue, CR74.8/139
Women’s red, CR73.9/135
Sid Brews 1930,
Gary Player 1996
031 564 4257
Beachwood is the second course of Durban Country Club, albeit on a separate property six kilometres north along the coast, between DCC and Umhlanga. It sits right on the Indian Ocean, although sea views are hidden by the dense vegetation dividing the length of the course from the beach.
Sadly this superb layout, also an environmental haven for birdlife, is due to close towards the end of 2020, the land having been sold to property developers. Since that decision was taken at a special meeting in 2016, maintenance costs have been reduced, and rounds have fallen to below 30 000 a year. But at R200 a round for visitors during the week it remains excellent value.
Being seaside golf, the terrain is continuously undulating along rumpled fairways, with some holes on higher levels than others, and there is usually a testing breeze.
Beachwood occupies a narrow strip of land and it does have some extremely tight holes in places, with daunting tee shots to be faced. Its modern contoured greens are creative designs and can present some tricky pin positions, while the bunker design is outstanding.
60 by Lindani Ndwandwe
There are a surprising number of elevation changes for what appears to be a flat course. The stroke one sixth hole (410 metres) must rank as one of the best par 4s in South Africa. It’s played from a high championship tee on a bushy dune to a fairway which doglegs sharply left. There’s a stream on the right which cuts back across the fairway, leaving a demanding approach shot to a large green. The eighth to the tenth are three magnificent par 4s on gently undulating land alongside the beach.
Short-game area at first tee.
Basil Naidoo & Lydia Muhl
1/ Beachwood merged with Durban CC in 1994, to provide DCC members with a second course. A new clubhouse was built and an outstanding upgrade of the old Beachwood layout was done by Gary Player Design.
2/ Part of the front nine skirts a rare mangrove swamp, and the property supports a variety of wildlife. You play 10 holes before returning to the clubhouse for the halfway house.
3/ Beachwood’s 18th is a 185-metre par 3 finishing in front of the clubhouse bar, and the course is one of only four in the Top 10 which finishes with a par 3 – the others being Umhlali, Kingswood and Katberg.
4/ Golfers often have to wait on the par-5 17th tee for light aircraft coming into land at neighbouring Virginia Airport on the other side of the fence.
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