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SOUTHBROOM GOLF CLUB
SOUTH COAST, KWAZULU-NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA
Southbroom Golf Club boasts one of the most popular golf courses on the lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. As an integral part of the Southbroom village, the course is a rare South African layout and if it wasn't for all the palm trees and tropical foliage, you'd think you were in Britain or Ireland.
Only a stone's throw from the Indian Ocean, Southbroom Golf Club affords golfers impressive views of pristine beaches and the sea; the tranquility of playing alongside the lush indigenous vegetation of the Frederika Nature Reserve; and an opportunity to feel the pride of the Southbroom village as the course meanders past elegant coastal residences.
Each of the 18-holes has its own unique feature and ability to test the skill of even the most accomplished golfer.
The Southbroom golf course is not a breeze to play especially when you experience it on a windy day. The par-3 fourth, just 114 meters, is the most famous of the two seaside holes. On a calm day it's a wedge, but it's a tiger when the wind is blowing into you. Water, in the form of both dams and river flowing to the sea, quietly but surely come into play and golfers need a careful game plan to negotiate this charming course.
Established in 1938, the Southbroom golf course has consistently been improved and upgraded over the years and always has a neat, manicured look about it. A recent improvement doubled the size of the green on the par-5 ninth which now sweeps towards the edge of a large water hazard that is hidden from view when playing your approach.
The Southbroom , run by Derek & Sheena James, has an old-fashioned feel about it with every nook and cranny crammed with interesting goodies and lots of the latest golf gear. It's a place where you're assured of a warm welcome with everyone going out of their way to help you.
The clubhouse commands impressive views of the course and the Indian Ocean, affording opportunities for frequent whale and dolphin spotting, and lives up to the early expectations of "popular amenity and social centre" of the village.
Compleat Golfer magazine features Southbroom Golf Club as its "Course of the Month" - August 2006.
"Short but very sweet: Southbroom is something of an institution. One of the most popular 'holiday' courses on KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast, it is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists each year and the course continues to garner new devotees."
Golf Digest magazine of September 2005 ranked Southbroom number 63 of the 100 greatest courses saying:
"South Coast Charmer: If we were to have a special category called charm when ranking golf courses, then Southbroom Golf Club would be up there near the top of the list. Tucked away on the Lower KZN South Coast, this is an attractive course with a unique ambience, unusual for South Africa in that it's an integral part of the village scene."
1st - Par 4 -324 metres
2nd - Par 4 - 335 metres
3rd - Par 4 - 369 metres
4th- Par 3 - 114 metres
5th - Par 4 - 255 metres
6th - Par 5 - 433 metres
7th - Par 4 - 358 metres
8th - Par 3 - 155 metres
9th - Par 5 - 413 metres
10th - Par 4 - 284 metres
11th - Par 3 - 152 metres
12th - Par 4 - 291 metres
13th - Par 4 - 311 metres
14th - Par 3 - 185 metres
15th - Par 4 - 347 metres
16th - Par 4 - 370 metres
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17th - Par 5 - 443 metres
18th - Par 5 - 424 metres