There’s a premium on hitting fairways at Durbanville at this time of year. The heat and wind of a typical Cape summer has taken its toll on the course by the end of January. The fairways remain excellent, but miss them and you’re on dry, hard pan with not the best of lies. It’s a well-maintained course and an interesting challenge, notably on the more difficult back nine. The 355-metre 14th is a tiger of a hole. Most unusual, too. Off the tee, water on the left, a forest on the right. The tee shot has to be perfectly placed, as the hole doglegs slightly right, and only the top of the flag can be seen on a green perched high on a hill.