Durban Country Club – towards a glorious centenary


In 2022, the Durban Country Club celebrates its centenary, pitching for the South African Amateur Championships, and the South African Open.

Rated one of the Top 100 courses in the world, the club caters to golf enthusiasts and professionals alike. One of just a number of excellent golf facilities in the Durban area, it has an exceptional history.  

The course is a “combination of beauty and brains”, testing the skills of the most talented players. Over the decades, it has played host to the South African Open an incredible 17 times. In the run-up to the country club’s centenary, a think-tank has been put in place with a mid-term plan for the modernisation of the course and its facilities. 

“The future has to be built around the golf course and what golf offers here. It is a unique type of gold course. Now we know we have to move with the times and plan what the course will look like in 20 years’ time”, said Don Gammon, a full-time consultant to the club. “The first five holes have been talked about by some Rider Cup champions as being the best opening five holes in the world. It’s not the friendliest welcome difficulty-wise, but it’s like it was meant to be here.”

Photo: Durban Country Club