Durban’s ‘Big 5’ golf courses

There are just short of 40 golf courses within a 200 km of Durban city. Each one of them has their own special attributes and will provide you a unique experience.

This is XO Africa’s BIG 5 of must-play golf courses!

In its 91 years of history, this course has hosted many tournaments and many golf legends like Gary Player and Ernie Els have dared to tackle its rolling fairways. This long, prestigious history puts DCC in the Top 100 of the world’smust-play golf courses. Its 3rd hole, a 468 meters par 5 is very narrow, naturally uneven and surrounded by bushes and has been elected Best 3rd Hole in the world for its harmonious mix ofbeauty and technical difficulty.Before you take your tee shot from the highest point of the golf course, take a few moments to enjoy the stunning view of the Indian Ocean and Durban Stadium. Oh… One more thing… if you manage to have flat lie on the 17th fairway, you could celebrate early and bring out the champagne!


One of the most visually spectacular golf courses you will ever play! Each hole has its own challenges and unique views.The first hole will get you into the swing of things with its stunning ocean view, the 6th, a downhill par 3 with a beautiful bridge in the background; the 13thtests your resolve as you prepare to hit over a ravine and the 18th hole inspires a sensational drive over the lake! Possibly the best way to enjoy this golf course would be to take a wedge only and make the most of each beautiful setting – especially as the Wild Coast has 6 par 3 holes in its 5329 meter-long course. You can always work on improving your handicap on a less beautiful course.

Wild Coast 13th Hole Tee View Golf Durban

Your technique and skill will be put to the test on this beautifully maintained course, which is why Cotswold Downs comes third in our BIG 5. Its greensare its strongest assetand certainly the best in the region and among the best in the entire country. With the superb pace on these greens, you’ll have nothing but yourself to blame if you play badly – your ball will respond precisely to the way you putt it! Any frustration you may experience with you game will be soothed by the beautifulviews on the signature holes though. The first hole is a 90 degrees par 5 with a magnificent tree in the middle of the fairway that will make your second shot crucial. Your 5th tee shot, a 173 meters par 3, will take you to new heights as it’s situated at least 60 meters above the green. A 9 iron should do the job!Peter Matkovich did a superb job creating a course that is a pleasure to play on.

The heart-stopper of the golfing Big 5 is Cathedral Peak Golf Course. This stunning 9-hole course offers alternate tees so it can be played like a normal 18 holes golf course and offers breathtakinglybeautiful views of the Drakensburg Mountains, from your first drive until the last putt. Most of the holes have elevated tee shots and if you choose to go back after 9 holes and play the alternates, the holes are so cleverly designed it feels like you’re playing them for the first time. Don’t let the views distract you too, or the Cathedral Peak course will make you pay! This golf course is no less technical than any other 18 holes golf course. 5542 meters for a par 70, you will need your driver and admire the carry of your ball in the beautiful landscape… even the hooked shots!


The Prince’s Grant Golf course played host to last year’s World Amateur Golf Championship, which signifies how technical and challenging this golf course is. Your golf club choices will be crucial if you want to keep a tidy scorecard, because the numerous bunkers – more than 5 per hole – are very strategically placed. Don’t be fooled by appearances either, the fact they are small makes them no less challenging. Enjoy the best view in the region of the Indian Ocean from the signature 15th hole, known as Umvoti, which is a 506 meters par 5. If you’re lucky, you could see dolphins or whales in the waters below!

Damien Boyer

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