Noodsberg Country Club

Near Wartburg & Dalton - KZN Midlands - KwaZulu-Natal

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Club manager & greenkeeper: Brennan Fisher
Chairman: Kelvin Kaiser
Club Captain: Jens Hillermann

Course Summary

Two tees / Par 71

White 5768 metres, CR69.8/126
Red 5069 metres, CR65.8/117
Women’s red, CR71.9/125

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R220 for 18, R140 for 9
Non-affiliated R280 & R150
Weekday R70 for 18, R50 for 9
Sunday R180
Golf cart R280 & R150

Course designer

Jack Straw 1977


033 501 0949

Noodsberg Country Club has its origins in the KwaZulu-Natal sugar industry, beginning with a cricket field for employees of the Noodsberg Sugar Mill which opened in 1966 near Dalton. A 9-hole golf course and clubhouse were completed in 1978. A variety of sporting sections have come and gone, while golf has remained a constant presence. The course, now with 10 holes, has matured into one of the most attractive 9-holers in South Africa.

The club is close to both Maritzburg, 50 kilometres away via Wartburg, and 78 kilometres from Ballito on the North Coast.

You enter the property at a crossroads close to the Sugar Mill, and drive along an attractive tree-lined avenue to the country club some distance away from the mill, set in tranquil surroundings.

It’s a heavily tree-lined par-71 layout which in places may draw comparisons with Augusta National with its trees and undulating land. It has firm, fast Royal Blue cynodon greens with subtle slopes.

The stroke 1 certainly wouldn’t be out of place at Augusta. This is a beautiful, challenging hole, played firstly (No 5) as a 455-metre par 5, then (No 14) as a 385-metre par 4. There’s a stream to be crossed, after which the fairway threads its way between the pine trees and climbs to an elevated green. The following hole is a par 3 (6 & 15) which plays back down 169 metres to a green in a valley, similar to Nos 4 and 6 at Augusta.

Positioning is important off the tee from the start of the round. The 348-metre opening hole curves right around the cricket field to a green hidden from sight. The second is 304 metres, and again the green is well protected by trees, so you have to be on the left side of the fairway to have a clear shot at the pin.

Golfers then encounter two par 3s alongside each other (3 & 12). No 3 is 110 metres and No 12 is 153 metres. The fourth (335m) is a straight hole with a stream across the fairway about 200 metres from the tee, so longer hitters will be tempted to carry it. The second time round, at No 13, it is played as a dogleg right from 360 through a narrow avenue of trees.

Another innovative alternative occurs at 7 & 16. It’s firstly a long dogleg right 5 (513) around a dam, then a brilliant 360m par 4 where you tee up on the dam wall and drive across the water to the fairway. Nos 8 & 17 are again a par 4 (398) and par 5 (470) variation, and the round ends with another short par 4, played at 284 and 317.

The golf course first took shape in 1976 with four holes built by local farmers with the help of the Noodsberg sugar mill. These were the current first, second, third and ninth holes close to the clubhouse. A year later, in 1977, assisted by Jack Straw, another five holes were built, and the first club championship took place in 1978. There were few trees, but this soon changed after hundreds of pines and bluegums were planted to better define the holes. The bluegums were removed in 1993 and replaced by indigenous trees.

A decade later a tenth hole was built, an additional par 3 (153 metres) which now plays as the 12th.

The original greens had Bayview grass, and in 2010 all 10 greens were reconstructed and planted with Royal Blue cynodon which proved an excellent decision as the grass enjoys the climate.


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Additional Course Facts

Course Record

61 by Jens Hillermann, twice in the space of four months in 2018.
Previous par 70 layout: 66 by Clive Hoepner & Horst Wortmann

Club Champions

Jens Hillerman has won the men’s title 14 times since 2010


Christa’s guest house is four kilometres from the club on the road to Wartburg, and 11km away on the road to Ballito is the Overstone Farm & Cottages.

Did You Know

1/ Noodsberg CC was first established in 1969 with a cricket field and pavilion. It took its name from the area, originally named by the Voortrekkers who arrived in 1837/38 in a state of distress and fear (Nood in Afrikaans). English and German settlers subsequently settled, the former in 1849 and the latter from 1880. Surrounding towns and villages such as Wartburg, Harburg and New Hanover were named by them.

2/ A friendly rivalry has ensued ever since between English and German descendants in the district. From a golfing perspective this manifested itself in the creation in the 1980s of a English vs Germans golf day known as the Shackle Cup. Some participants wear traditional regalia and there is considerable banter and rivalry, the day ending with a flag-raising ceremony, anthem singing and a braai.

3/ The club’s biggest fundraising tournament is the two-day Noodsberg Classic in November.

4/ There is a spacious cricket field alongside the first hole and clubhouse, and the club over the years has been host to numerous sports other than golf, among them rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, bowls, polo and polocrosse, although most are not played today. Floodlights were installed in 1992. The Noodsberg Polo Club  was founded in 1906, and the club produced several Springboks.

5/ The clubhouse, which has conference facilities and a restaurant – The Fattened Fowl, was opened in August 1978 by Oliver Pearce, son of William Pearce, the founder of Illovo Sugar Estates.

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Course Reviews
One of the best 9-hole courses I have played in my golfing career. The best after golf too in the 19th hole enjoying the hospitality of the club and their fantastic members.
Gary Michael Karlson
14 June 2024
Noodsberg is among the top echelon of 9-hole courses in South Africa, in terms of its design, challenge, routing and quality of the greens. Beautiful surroundings and a first-class clubhouse (good catering) make for a special golf experience. The day I played, immediately before the May club championships, the Royal Blue cynodon greens were as good as I've ever seen this grass perform. They were firm, true, and quick when running with the nap. Several memorable holes where positioning off the tee is key due to tree-lined fairways. The stroke 1, No 14, would be among the best par 4s I've played in South Africa. The opening par 4 is another good hole curving around the cricket field, while No 16 is a thrilling 360m par 4 where you drive over the main dam to the fairway, a substantial carry. The three par 3s (there are 10 holes) were varied and enjoyable. The final hole, short 4, is a bit weak yet it has a well-shaped green. The design of the greens is of a quality you don't expect at a rural 9-holer.
Stuart McLean
14 June 2024
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