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Prince’s Grant

Near Stanger, KZN North Coast - KwaZulu-Natal

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Golf manager: Hilton Anderson
General manager: Reinhardt Annandale
Greenkeeper: Evan du Plessis (STM)
Club captains: Mike Kieser & Debbi Meyer
President: Mike Kieser
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 70.4 out of 100
Conditioning12.8 / 20
Playability14.0 / 20
Aesthetics12.6 / 15
Design Variety10.7 / 15
Shot Values10.3 / 15
Memorability10.0 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6158 metres, CR74.1/141
White 5767 metres, CR71.9/140
Blue 5347 metres, CR70.0/134
Red 4885 metres, CR67.4/123
Women’s white, CR78.4/142
Women’s blue, CR75.5/136
Women’s red, CR72.8/129

Visitor green fee

R420, cart R310

Course designer

Peter Matkovich 1994

Contact

032 482 0041
www.princesgrant.co.za

Previous ranking

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Prince’s Grant is a getaway destination on the KZN North Coast, a residential second-home estate and a resort experience. It’s easy to reach on the N2 from Durban, yet offers a remote natural location far from city life. It’s in rural Africa, set among sugar cane plantations.

There are eight Top 100 courses overlooking the Indian Ocean on the KZN coastline, and Prince’s Grant is the most northern. Built on steep rolling terrain, through valleys and over hills, it is a visual feast and an entertainingly varied challenge. Lots of unique looking holes, some in tropical surroundings among the coastal bush, others on higher ground being links-like in appearance.

The colonial-style clubhouse and lodge is a magnificent double-storey building occupying a prime position with sea views, and bears a striking resemblance to that at Shinnecock Hills in the United States. Original developer Guy Smith is a golfing traditionalist, and his clubhouse delivers on that score.

Prince’s Grant is a wonderful year-round destination. In winter golfers are lured there by clear, windless days and warm temperatures.

The golfing terrain changes quickly and golf carts are popular as there are steep climbs between greens and tees, notably on the front nine.

Southern Turf Management has made significant improvements in the last year to several holes on both nines to improve their playability and enjoyment. More bail-out areas have been created for higher handicaps. These include those at the back-to-back par 5s, the sixth and seventh, where water hazards come into play, and the par-4 second. On the back nine the 11th green has been enlarged, the fairway drainage improved on the 12th, and the awkward 13th has undergone changes to widen the landing area off the tee. The par-4 14th, highest hole on the property, looks better with new fairway bunkers in place.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

64 by Jbe Kruger, 2009 SAA Pro-Am Invitational

Feature Holes

The par-5 15th, 486 metres from the club tee, is not only the signature hole, but one of the best-looking holes on the KZN coastline. A high tee on a hillside offers a magnificent view south along the coast, and the hole tumbles down towards a green at sea level. Tropical bush guards the left side of the fairway, and bunkers the right, making for a challenging tee shot. The par 3s are excellent and varied. The third is a pulpit hole with the green fronted by a stream, the 11th has a raised green falling away on both sides, while 17 has a long narrow green with a steep drop on the left into a mangrove swamp. The first and tenth, both par 4s running down from the clubhouse, are strikingly attractive to the eye.

Accommodation

The main lodge / clubhouse has seven comfortable suites on the upper floor overlooking the golf course. Within walking distance are eight double suites (Umdoni) which are ideal for golfing groups, having a self-contained space with swimming pool and entertainment area. Air conditioning in all rooms, en-suite bathrooms, Wifi and DSTV. Booking on the club website. The lodge has The Bunkers restaurant and Mulligan’s Pub. The Eighteenth is a complex of boutique 2- and 3-bedroom furnished apartments a short walk from the clubhouse.

Practice Facility

180-metre long range, 80m short-game area, putting green.

Did You Know

1/ The Lodge at Prince’s Grant was recognised in the 2016 Golf Digest International Lifestyle awards as being among the world’s best golfing boutique hotels. And rated among the top 10 clubhouses in South Africa.

2/ Prince’s Grant is a 45-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport along the N2 highway.

3/ Until 2017 the club hosted the Prince’s Grant Invitational for the leading male amateurs. It will be resumed in 2021. Champions included Brandon Stone (2011/12), Haydn Porteous (2013) and Charl Schwartzel (2002).

4/ The tournament pays tribute to the SA Amateur champion, who is granted honorary membership, and clubhouse memorabilia includes photographs of past champions. There is a large painting of 19th century golfer Freddie Tait in the clubhouse entrance. The Freddie Tait Cup is awarded to the leading amateur in the SA Open.

5/ Among the leisure pursuits on the estate – which has 455 homes – are mountain biking, tennis, squash, fishing, canoeing (on a sheltered lagoon alongside the 16th hole) and nature trails. Plus access to a swimming beach.

Club Champions

2019 Kyle Kistensamy & Kaleigh Telfer

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I'm a regular visitor to Prince's Grant and have never seen the course in better condition. I can't believe there is a course in KZN in better condition than this. The fairways are world class and the presentation outstanding.
Guy Smith
12 February 2021
The elevation changes and routing contributes to the enjoyment of Prince's Grant. The change to the par-5 sixth hole, which now provides a bail-out area short and left of the green, is an improvement over the old design. The course was in good condition with the greens running on the slow side, most likely due to their recent restoration.
Jaco Ackermann
22 December 2020
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Prince's Grant reopened their second nine in October after a lengthy closure since lockdown to implement subtle design changes, improve general playability, fix the drainage on the 12th fairway, and restore greens to their previous shapes. The par-3 11th green has been enlarged. The entire course has now been done and it is looking excellent for the festive season ahead. It's a smart thing for clubs to audit their courses every decade or so and fix problems. Prince's Grant is out of the way with a convoluted detour from the N2, but it's worth the extra effort to play there. The design has a wonderful feel and harmony to it through the rolling hills, virtually every hole in its own private space. Only the first and tenth in front of the clubhouse lie side by side.
Stuart McLean
22 November 2020
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