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Beachwood

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal

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General manager: Liam Draycott
Operations manager: Kyle Caitano
Greenkeeper: Leitch Landscaping

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6016 metres, CR 72.0/136
White 5883 metres, CR71.2/134
Blue 5445 metres, CR68.8/124
Red 5308 metres, CR68.0/121
Women’s blue, CR74.8/139
Women’s red, CR73.9/135

Visitor green fee

Monday R150; Tuesday to Friday R280.
Saturday R400.
Sunday R350.
Carts R280.

Course designer

Sid Brews 1930,
Gary Player 1996

Contact

031 564 4257

Beachwood is no longer the second course of Durban Country Club, and is being run independently as Beachwood Country Club under new owners. It sits right on the Indian Ocean, midway between DCC and Umhlanga, 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, may be living on borrowed time. It was due to close in October 2020, the land having been sold by Durban CC to property developers, but the good news is that it is staying open for the next few years with development plans on hold while it is leased out to local businessmen.

The clubhouse has been converted into a pub and live entertainment venue called Blues with a minimum age requirement of 25 (men) and 23 (women), and that has been an instant success. There’s also a fitness centre and café.

Beachwood is seeking new members, and its green fee rates make playing there excellent value during the week.

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.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

60 by Lindani Ndwandwe

Feature Holes

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.

Practice Facility

Short-game area at first tee.

Club Champions

Basil Naidoo & Lydia Muhl

Did You Know

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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Beachwood may have been sold by Durban CC and its maintenance budget slashed, yet it remains in a reasonably good condition and its new owners have not allowed the course to deteriorate. Good news that Beachwood remains open for play, because losing it would be extremely sad. It is an outstanding design, with creative greens complexes, and a delight to play. If you were to create an 18-hole layout from the best holes of Durban CC and Beachwood, you would have one of the finest coastal courses in the world. Holes 4-6, 8-9, and 12-16 are my favourites. I particularly like the magnificent stonework tees which are a classy feature.
Stuart McLean
22 November 2020
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