East London has had abundant rain the latter part of summer, which is welcome, but perhaps more than they would like. The rain creates vibrations on the surface of the soil and earthworms migrate to the surface, leaving crusty casts in the rough and fairways. It’s a common sight at Eastern Cape courses, unwelcome to the greenkeeper and golfers. Other than that it’s hard to fault the conditioning of this wonderful layout. It is playing beautifully at this time of year, the ball running on the fairways, the greens sublime and quick. May is one of the best months for golf trips to coastal regions, with warm and generally windless days. ELGC is a unique golf experience in so many respects, the stunning aesthetics among the coastal dunes and bush, the unusual routing (the halfway house sits next to the tenth and 16th greens), the continual shifts in elevation, and the surprising amount of design variety on offer. May it remain undisturbed by development and treasured for many years to come.