Greytown Country Club

Greytown - KZN Midlands - KwaZulu-Natal

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Club manager: Elsie Nxumalo
Club captain: Patrick O’Sullivan
Chairman: Richard Cyrus
Greenkeeper: Bonginkosi Nene

Course Summary

Two tees / Par 70

White 5859 metres, CR
Red 5248 metres, CR
Women’s red, CR

Visitor green fee

R250 for 18, R180 for 9
Golf cart R300 & R200

Course designer



033 417 2441

Greytown Country Club is the third oldest club in KwaZulu-Natal, founded in 1895. Older KZN clubs are Maritzburg Golf Club (1886) and Royal Durban (1892).

The club and its 10-hole course, par 70, is situated in a quiet upper part of town on a tree-lined avenue to Wembley College campus, an independent school founded in 1998 by one of the town’s biggest benefactors, the late Brian Corbishley.

The club has no record of when the course was first opened for play, or who may have designed it. It is a particularly attractive layout, with beautifully designed holes and significant features, including a rocky flower bed on the sixth fairway which looks perfectly natural. It has an English countryside feel to it, particularly the par-3 third, with its oak trees as a backdrop and an old residence behind the green, part of Wembley College. The second time around (No 12) you play on a different line to another green.

The town is built on a hillside, and the club is near the summit, so the holes rise and fall throughout the round. The scenery is stunning and trees line the fairways. Mostly pines, which provide an income for the club when they reach a certain age and are felled. Playing the fourth, the longest hole (521 metres from the back tee), which plunges down a hill, there is a clearing right of the fairway where there had been a pine plantation. The second time around this hole is played from a forward tee as a par 4. No 11 is the only other par 5 on the course.

The fourth is a lengthy green with quirky slopes on the left half, and the greens do have abundant character to them. There are various grasses in the mottled greens, yet they putt well.

It’s a lengthy climb back up the hill from the fourth green all the way to the clubhouse, the steepest part being the 317-metre fifth, which has two giant oak trees guarding the entrance to the green. There’s a narrow gap past them if you drive far enough right, otherwise you have to play the approach over or under the trees.

The holes back to the clubhouse are uniformly excellent, par 4s at six and seven, and a par 3 at No 8. The best of them is No 9, a 410m dogleg right closer with out-of-bounds on the corner of the dogleg, a downhill shot with the approach.

On the first tee there is a large marker stone, with the hole numbers attached, and there’s one on every hole. These are another attractive feature of a course that looks lovingly cared for. The 1950s clubhouse has a spacious verandah, and oozes character inside, notably around the 19th hole. Downstairs there are two squash courts.


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Additional Course Facts

Did You Know

1/ The Greytown community gathered in the 1850s, with the town named after Sir George Grey, at the time governor of the Cape. It is 150 kilometres from Durban, 73 from Maritzburg. It’s on the Battlefields route, 110 kilometres from Rorke’s Drift. Greytown is picturesque, in rolling countryside, with interesting historic buildings. Boer War general and politician Louis Botha was born in 1862 on a farm in the district.

2/ The current GCC clubhouse was officially opened in January 1955 with an exhibition match which featured Springbok cricketer and golfer Eric Dalton, from Durban, playing with the club champion, AJB Slatter, the Midlands champion, Eric Jackson, and Natal Golf Union president, Tim Jackson. There’s a framed photo in the clubhouse of Dalton putting out on the final green.

3/ The Greytown Classic in November is the club’s major fundraising event. The club hosted a pro-am to celebrate the 125th anniversary in 2020.

4/ Full membership R2 565 a year, seniors and students R1 645, juniors R905. Country membership is R1 685, R1 265 seniors, R615 students.

5/ There are two squash courts in the clubhouse, and a bowling green opposite.

Club Champions

2024 Bheki Mlangeni
2023 Bheki Mlangeni & Sam Reed
2022 Skhumbuze Buthelezi & Marianne Brown
2021 David Cunningham & Linda Pieterse
2020 Bheki Mlangeni & Joanie Koller

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Course Reviews
Tranquil and attractive tree-lined layout in a picturesque part of old Greytown. Particularly enjoyed the natural look of the holes, and the way they flowed up and down quite hilly terrain. The trees on either side of the fairways make for a tight challenge where straight tee shots are essential. Quite remarkable for a country course there is not one hole which you could describe as weak or uninteresting. Some undulating greens give them added character, and they were running at a good speed. Good local caddies available, and they make the climb back to the clubhouse from the lowest point of the course, the fourth green, more bearable. There are 10 holes in total, with three separate par 3s out of 4.
Stuart McLean
14 June 2024
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