Champagne Sports is a course I never tire of playing, and I would classify it as one of the 10 best bucket-list venues in South Africa. Remotely situated, like most bucket-listers, with nothing else to play in the Drakensberg neighbourhood. Beautiful holes, challenging holes, stunning aesthetics, and greens which I rate highly in both their design and conditioning. Pure bent greens with no poa thanks to a special “muti” from South Korea discovered years ago by greenkeeper Trevor Livesey. Fabulous destination for a midweek golf tour most of the year, because the course is relatively quiet from Monday to Friday. CSR is a constant test of a golfer’s ability with driver off the tee. Find the fairway and you will likely score well. The par 5s are strong, although the riskiest (No 15) is the shortest (464). A lengthy flat green sits in a hollow adjoining a water hazard. The trees and plants around it conjure up an image befitting Augusta National.