Tees and sea apply

I’m a regular golfer. I play every year on the last Monday before Christmas in a friendly hack-around competition at Stellenbosch with fellow Old Maties. I borrow clubs for this outing, and buy a lot of second-hand balls at the pro shop.

The last time I could remotely call myself a golfer (off an erratic 24 handicap) was in the late 1990s. But when the idea of combining a golfing and beaching holiday on the KZN South Coast came up, I was the only Getaway journo who knew my pitching wedge from a putter. I packed lots of beachwear and remembered that, if all else failed, there was a heavenly waffle house in Ramsgate.


Given my golfing pedigree, the Wild Coast Sun Country Club was a bad place to start – in a lost-balls sort of way. ʻCourse architect Robert Trent Jones II spent several months just walking around to see the topography before he started building it,ʼ said sports and recreation manager Benjamin Leonard, who had the misfortune of playing a round with me. Being the Wild Coast, itʼs all rugged, undulating terrain – all of which is incorporated into this scenically spectacular course with coastal views.

ʻAll the holes have names. This is the Green Mamba,ʼ said Ben as we teed up on the 12th. There werenʼt

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