My first round at Olivewood was an adventure, and I played it again the next day, discovering I liked it even more. It’s one of those unconventional courses that grows on you the more you understand how it plays. The rolling topography, extreme at times, means there are only three flat holes, Nos 10 to 12 in the lower section close to Chintsa River. There was initial criticism of the playability, but that has been rectified by cutting back the rough and bush to create wider playing corridors. Algy Kietzmann took on an immense task in his first entry into course design and has done a remarkable job. He shaped the greens himself and they are uniformly superb, nothing fancy, just subtle slopes. There are some fabulous holes which most golfers will enjoy, and several others unique in appearance. It’s challenging, but even with all the ups and downs extremely fair. I’d recommend it as a novel experience which compares with the likes of Wild Coast and Pinnacle Point. It will leave you wanting to play it again as soon as possible.