Selborne Park

Pennington, KZN South Coast - KwaZulu-Natal

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Estate manager: Hein Labuschagne
Golf director: Ryan Johnson
Greenkeeper: Hein Labuschagne
Club captain: Billy Pritchard
Chairman: Bob Hamil
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 61.9 out of 100
Conditioning12.7 / 20
Playability12.8 / 20
Aesthetics11.1 / 15
Design Variety8.8 / 15
Shot Values8.7 / 15
Memorability7.8 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 5925 metres, CR 71.6/137
White 5585 metres, CR 69.7/135
Blue 5092 metres, CR 67.2/127
Red 4714 metres, CR 65.6/111
Women’s white, CR 75.8/140
Women’s blue, CR 72.4/134
Women’s red, CR 69.8/128

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R385
Non-affiliated R420
R255 Thursday special
Golf cart R340

Course designer

Denis Barker 1987


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Previous national ranking

94 (2020)

Selborne was the first residential golf estate in South Africa more than 30 years ago, the vision of cattle farmer and passionate golfer Denis Barker, who recently passed away. Today’s it’s a stylish low-key resort, and ownership is with the home owners. 

Barker was inspired following a visit to the United States to develop a modest-sized luxury estate and golf course on his family property. He designed and built the 18 holes, a remarkable feat, and it remains one of the most enjoyable and charming of the KZN South Coast courses. 

A beautiful undulating layout through indigenous tropical trees and undergrowth (home to varied wildlife) with attractive water features and superb manicuring, it was acclaimed as the “Augusta” of South Africa when first opened for play, due to its resemblance to the home of the Masters in Georgia. It has been a constant presence among South Africa’s Top 100 courses, in early days being in the first 50.

Selborne is one of 15 Top 100 courses that are less than 6 000 metres in length from the back tees, yet even with four extremely short par 4s – the 18th is just 267 metres – is not a course even the tour professionals can overpower. Many of the greens present difficult targets, the layout has doglegs, steep elevation changes, tree-lined holes, challenging features, and tricky sloping putting surfaces.

A stream runs through the course, starting at the third hole, and Selborne has been vulnerable to heavy rains, including a deluge in April 2019 which affected all the South Coast courses.

The single-storey golf clubhouse occupies an attractive position shaded by a large tree opposite the 18th green. 

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

63, Merrick Bremner, Danie van Tonder, 2013 Vodacom Origins / Daniel Bennett (amateur, 18), 2024 Nomads Junior

Feature Holes

Selborne’s front nine is distinguished by its rolling terrain. The 510-metre third is a superb par-5 where the drive has to find the crest of a fairway which plummets downhill towards a green guarded by water. The 167-metre sixth is a testing par 3 from an elevated tee to a green fronted by a water hazard. The uphill ninth is one of the most demanding par 4s. The 11th is just 137 metres downhill from the back tee, but water lies just beyond the small green.


A magnificent old manor house is the centrepiece of the estate, and accommodates the reception and social areas of the four-star Selborne Hotel & Spa, plus several guest rooms and a fine-dining restaurant. This was the original Barker family home. Additional guest rooms are in adjoining garden suites in a shady forest. The hotel is managed by First Group. Groups can rent luxury villas and apartments.

Practice Facility

Short-game area and putting green outside the clubhouse.

Did You Know

1/ Selborne is a popular conference and wedding venue, having an idyllic 80-seater chapel in the estate gardens.

2/ It has a private beach club in Pennington, with a freshwater pool, available to anyone staying on the estate. There is a tranquil walking trail on the estate, named after Faye Barker, wife of Denis.

3/ Selborne has been a regular Sunshine Tour venue during winter months, often hosting the Vodacom Origins series. The lowest tournament round is 63, by Merrick Bremner and Danie van Tonder in 2013, due to green speeds being quicker in the winter.

4/ The club hosted the 2012 SA Women’s Open won by Caroline Masson (Germany), the 2017 KZN Open, won by 15-year-old Martin Vorster (11-under 277), and 2021 KZN Open, won by Christiaan Maas (17-under 271).

5/ The village of Pennington has another 18-holer, Umdoni Park, ranked in SA Top 100 Courses, plus the Penn Valley 9-hole short course.

Club Champions

Jack Cubitt & Karin Semmelrath

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Course Reviews
Overall, a good experience at this unique layout.
Peter Ray
04 March 2024
I play here once a month and believe Selborne is one of the top three layouts on the KZN South Coast. Ahead of both the Wild Coast and Southbroom. My ratings for the South Coast would be: 1 San Lameer, 2 Selborne, 3 Umdoni Park, 4 Wild Coast, 5 Southbroom.
Nigel East
10 November 2023
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Picture perfect with lots of trees, dams and streams flowing through the course, and I spotted deer and reptiles during the round. Greens and fairways in amazing condition.
09 January 2023
I play this South Coast course as often as is allowable with the increasingly punitive travel costs, and in all conditions. The envelope of the best & worst condition is narrow (consistent). The only "consistency" threat (like most KZN courses) is that the greens next to water (par-3 sixth) react differently to others. Selborne will accumulate your "favourite hole" tally so it's easier to list my "non-favourites," the par-5s No 3 and No 12, and the uphill par-4 ninth. The Sunshine Tour visit Selborne for good reason. It ticks all the evaluation criteria for shot-making, memorability, design and conditioning. The layout is reminiscent of classical layouts such as Victoria, George, Prince's Grant and Wild Coast.
Atholl Canterbury
06 January 2023
The course was green and, as always, a pleasure to play. The four-hole stretch from the par-5 third through to the par-3 sixth is a favourite set of sequential holes on any golf course and again didn't disappoint. I think some trimming of trees and overgrown vegetation in front of the elevated 12th tee (uphill dogleg left par 5) is needed as it has now reached a height whereby it is blocking the view of most of the fairway landing area. Someone playing the course for the first time would have no idea as to how much fairway space they have when lining up their drive.
Trevor King
22 December 2022
Selborne has magnificent surroundings. The undulating course blends well in the bush. It is well maintained with good attention to detail. I did find the greens inconsistent and bumpy, patchy in places. Their pace was slow and inconsistent. Fairways excellent, no need for placing, bunkers consistent.
Henry Trevena
17 March 2022
You don't realise it when you arrive at the clubhouse, but Selborne traverses some hilly terrain typical of the Upper South Coast of KZN. So you encounter a variety of unusual holes that have been designed to fit the undulating landscape, particularly on the front nine. The course tests you with downhill, uphill and sidehill lies, plus an array of hazards and some sloping quick greens. It's an attractive walk in a scenic, parklike setting, although most golfers these days use carts to get around.
Stuart McLean
19 November 2020
Selborne is in superb condition. The staff are doing a lot of work on the course, and all they need is some rain! The KZN South Coast is currently very dry. The pace of play was excellent, and the layout of this course presents a good test. A pleasure to play.
Philip Malan
28 September 2020
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