This is a special time of year to be playing golf in the KZN Drakensberg and no better place to unwind for a long weekend break than this wonderful resort. Many of the trees at Champagne Sports are changing colour as autumn arrives, so the course is looking particularly beautiful. The air is crisper. There was a thunderstorm during the night before my round, followed by heavy rain. But the course drains well and was eminently playable other than water in some bunkers. The Drakensberg region, like most of South Africa, has had vast quantities of rain this summer, and Champagne Sports has benefitted from it in terms of conditioning. The greens are superb as always.