The Lakes at Mount Edgecombe

Umhlanga - KwaZulu-Natal

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General manager: Desiree Stone
Greenkeeper: Larry Sogoni (The Matko Group)
Club captain: Slade Mansfield
Chairman: Darryn Hutchinson
Golf director: Kevin Stone
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 62.4 out of 100
Conditioning12.3 / 20
Playability11.6 / 20
Aesthetics13.2 / 15
Design Variety9.0 / 15
Shot Values8.0 / 15
Memorability8.3 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6241 metres, CR73.0/135
White 5811 metres, CR70.9/132
Blue 5373 metres, CR69.0/121
Red 4986 metres, CR66.9/117
Women’s blue, CR74.9/132
Women’s red, CR72.4/127

Visitor Green Fee

R395 affiliated weekday,
R495 affiliated weekend
Non-affiliated R450 & R560

Course designer

DDV Design (Douw van der Merwe) 1997


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Previous ranking


Mount Edgecombe Country Club has the only 36-hole facility in KZN, the two courses belonging to a 1200-home golf estate north of Durban.

The courses were rebranded in 2018 as The Woods & The Lakes as part of a major upgrade to the clubhouse, pro shop and other member and home owner facilities. The Woods is parkland golf on the estate’s older layout, with gentle undulations, while The Lakes, with its hillier terrain, is named after its central water features.

The Lakes is essentially a cart course – there is a lengthy drive to the first tee from the clubhouse – and it also has the more interesting topography, with some elevation changes, indigenous bush, and the large Pani Dam in the heart of the course. This was previously a sugar cane plantation. It’s an out-and-back layout, with The Watershed Café, overlooking Pani Dam, serving as the halfway house. This has proved a fabulous facility for club members and residents since it opened in 2017.

With water frequently coming into play, The Lakes is a challenging and fun experience. There is an exciting stretch of holes from No 6 to No 9 where danger lurks away from the closely mown areas.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by Oliver Bekker in 2016 Sun Sibaya Challenge.

Club Champions

2020 Hennie Heyns & Bronwyn Rae
2019 Greg McKay and Amy Fletcher

Practice Facility

The spacious Mount Edgecombe range is a separate facility a short drive from the clubhouse, open to the public. Recently upgraded with new bays and a short-game area, it is recognised as the premier range in KZN, and has an excellent restaurant. The resident pro is Steve Cottingham, who won the PGA of SA Teaching Pro of the Year award in 2016.


Mount Edgecombe Golf Lodge close to the clubhouse has six rooms for guests.

Did You Know

1/ The Lakes is essentially for members and visitors, yet it did host a 54-hole Sunshine Tour in 2016, the Sun Sibaya Challenge won by Peter Karmis with an 18-under total of 198. He was 13-under for the par 5s, with three eagles.

2/ Club general manager Desiree Stone is the mother of 2016 SA Open champion Brandon Stone.

3/ There are 8 villages on Mount Edgecombe Two, each named after famous American courses.

4/ Hennie Heyns won the 2020 A division men’s club championship at the age of 70, posting a 36-hole score of 144 over the two Mount Edgecombe courses to win by two shots.

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Mount Edgecombe has two fine golf courses, quite different from each other, yet The Lakes has never received the same acclaim as The Woods, possibly because it was a brand new design, whereas The Woods is a revamp of the old Huletts layout. And also perhaps due to the number of water hazards that come into play at The Lakes. From the sixth hole to the 16th there's a succession of troublesome holes where balls can be lost with stray shots. But The Lakes also has some generously wide fairways and is an enjoyable course to play. One drawback though is that it's a cart course, whereas walking is allowed at The Woods.
Stuart McLean
22 November 2020
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