Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal

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Golf director: Mark Truter
Greenkeeper: Kriben Gounder
Club captain: Blake Mackenzie
Chairman: Pierre Berrange
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 70.6 out of 100
Conditioning15.0 / 20
Playability13.5 / 20
Aesthetics12.3 / 15
Design Variety10.5 / 15
Shot Values9.0 / 15
Memorability10.3 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 71

Yellow 6156 metres, CR73.3/137
White 5942 metres, CR71.9/134
Blue 5287 metres, CR67.9/122
Red 5151 metres, CR67.4/119
Women’s blue, CR74.5/140
Women’s red, CR73.4/139

Visitor green fee

R400 affiliated
R480 non-affiliated
Group rates available

Course designer

Bob Grimsdell 1933,
Golf Data 2007


033 347 1394

Previous ranking


The majestic and scenic Victoria course benefitted enormously from a major upgrade in 2006/07 which transformed the old Bob Grimsdell layout.

Golf Data’s Sean Quinn designed creative and challenging greens complexes for this undulating hillside course which possesses some of the most interesting and varied holes in South Africa. It’s an old-fashioned classic with a modern enhanced twist.

Victoria lies on the steep slopes of Town Hill, below the N3 highway which climbs steeply out of Maritzburg to Hilton, and the terrain makes for a thrilling golf experience as well as displaying magnificent views over a valley. The 335-metre first hole sets the scene, plunging straight downhill to the green. There is not a flat hole on this course. Elevation changes abound, and the fairways roll and slope prodigiously in places.

The Golf Data upgrade was financed by the sale of land for a residential estate on the perimeter of the course. It was a bold renovation where some average holes became much more appealing to the eye. The greens are to USGA specifications with Penn A1 bent grass. Extensive storage dams were added to the property, creating attractive water hazards.

Victoria has a good mix of demanding long par 4s and relatively short ones. The seventh is just 277 metres from the back, but the narrow elevated green is well defended. Nearing the finish, 15 and 16  might only require wedge approaches, yet treacherous small greens call for accurate golf. There are only three par 5s (the par is 71) and each has special characteristics. The third and 18th climb and dip, while the 11th is a fabulous downhiller with water lapping the right side of the fairway in the last 100 metres before the green.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

59 by Daniel Greene in November 2008.
Note: Golf director Mark Truter had 59 on the old layout in 2003.

Feature Holes

There is an outstanding run of five beautiful and challenging holes to begin the front nine, four par 4s and a par 5. The second fairway sits high on a ridge above the third fairway heading in the opposite direction. The 391-metre fifth is a highly unusual uphill hole with a dogleg left that is a classic piece of golf course architecture from an earlier era, a rare gem. Victoria has 10 holes going out before returning to the clubhouse and the halfway house.


There are 3 en-suite guest rooms separate from the clubhouse. Booking through club website.

Practice Facility

Range is 230 metres long, 30m wide. Large sloping putting green in front of the clubhouse. Warm-up net.

Club Champions

2020 Morgan Phillips & Sonja Purdon
2019 Nikhil Gopal & Sonja Purdon

Did You Know

1/ The club’s history is interlinked with the city’s Victoria Club founded in 1859. Maritzburg Country Club was established in 1933 by golf-playing members of Victoria Club, located in Longmarket Street for 100 years. As MCC grew in numbers so the influence of the city club declined until the two clubs merged as VCC in 1997.

2/ The first official round of golf in South Africa was played in the city in June 1886 at Maritzburg Golf Club with hickory clubs commissioned from Old Tom Morris.

3/ Ernie Els made his final SA Amateur appearance in 1989 when Maritzburg CC hosted the championship for the first time. He won his first 72-hole SA Strokeplay title with five-under 279, and then lost in the matchplay final to Craig Rivett after 38 holes. Els played in four consecutive finals from 1986 to 1989 and lost three of them.

4/ VCC hosted the SA Mid-Amateur in 2015, and Gerlou Roux won with seven-under 277.

5/ Victoria has conference and function facilities, plus floodlit tennis courts, squash courts and a swimming pool.

6/ The golf course adjoins Queen Elizabeth Park nature reserve, so expect sightings of rare birds such as the crowned eagle.

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This is a popular golf course on weekends, as I discovered, and you can see why. The club is in a beautiful situation and it has plenty to offer. Lots of interesting holes, brilliant greens both in terms of the shaping and quality of the putting surfaces, and it's fun to play with a good mixture of uphill and downhill approach shots to greens. There's a deck above the pro shop with a pizza oven, an attractive area to hang out after the round with a good view of the course. The club has recently invested in a new fleet of electric carts which run impressively.
Thomas Souness
04 May 2021
This course never ceases to impress. Although not long, the greens are well protected and sometimes a wise lay-up pays dividends. The greens are the best I've played.
14 February 2021
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I have played numerous courses in KZN recently and Victoria would be ranked my No 1. It's playing absolutely well from tee to green.
Shabeer Essa
13 February 2021
The Victoria estate suffered a short but deadly hailstone storm this week. They were the size of golf balls. The main damage was to roof tiles in homes, the course's excellent greens were unscathed. Victoria, on the upper slopes of a valley, is one of the most picturesque parkland layouts in the country, its fairways framed by attractive mature trees, and the many undulations make for an interesting variety of outstanding holes. There's a huge drop in elevation from the highest point of the course, the 13th green, to the lowest, the fifth fairway, which means very few flat approach shots to superb modern greens built by Golf Data which are a feature of the course.
Stuart McLean
21 November 2020
Currently the best greens in South Africa. Victoria has a great mix of long and short par 4s and great short par 3s. Good practice facilities -- bar a full range -- which enable hours of practice without boredom.
Nikhil Gopal
19 April 2020
I have played half the courses in the Top 100 and while Victoria may be my home club this is one of the most beautiful courses in KZN. Some long par 4s and the short holes are difficult.
Sean Moffatt
24 March 2020
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