Durban CC celebrates its centenary in 2022, and it is unfortunate that a perfect storm of bad circumstances has resulted in the iconic course’s greens being catastrophically wiped out this past winter. The problematic mini-verde grass, planted in 2010 just before the SA Open that year, battled in the unusually cold winter weather and then reacted badly to a maintenance treatment with a herbicide. The greens were poor on my last visit in May, and right now they are dreadful. The course staff is plugging them with a Royal Blue cynodon that has been considered the best replacement solution to the mini-verde, which will not be missed. The rest of the course is in superb condition, which makes the situation with the greens all that more tragic.