Sports Resort Golfplatz, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal: Situated in the Central
Drakensberg at Champagne Sports Resort this course has recently been extended to an
18-hole layout designed by Huch Biaocchi. The backdrop of Cathkin and Champagne Peaks
makes it one of the most scenic courses in the country and it is a fair challenge for the
low handicapper as well as being "playable" by the occassional weekend golfer.
The Course: The course is there to be enjoyed - its fairly open but with
many hazards. The perfectly manicured kikuyu fairways are generously wide and boarded by
light rough and many varieties of trees. This is not to say that the course is easy though
- the 84 bunkers that line the fairways and guard the bent grass greens will punish
misdirected shots. Water hazards are prominent and the course becomes especially tricky in
Teeing off on the signature first hole is both thrilling and daunting. This par-five
monster hole measures 605 metres, making it not only the longest hole on the course, but
also in South Africa. The elevated tee stands taller than the clubhouse and your drive
will have to carry over the Strekspruit Ravine and rough to the fairway far below. The
green is around the corner of a dogleg left where two bunkers come into play.