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The Royal Durban Golf Club
Mitchell Crescent
Greyville 4023
Durban
South Africa
ArchitectBob Grimsdell
Head Professional/Director of GolfGarth Pearson
Telephone+27 (0) 31 309 1530
Location1 mile NW of Durban city centre
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsWelcome Monday to Friday
Club Secretary/ ManagerPam Maybery
 

Durban Golf Club dates back to 1892 when a course was laid out inside the rails of the city’s Greyville horse racing track.   

In the late 1920s, the layout often became waterlogged and this led to the installation of a drainage system, which feeds into a small canal that runs through the middle of the property, and this storm drain now separates some holes but has to be crossed at others. 

Around the same time, Bob Grimsdell redesigned a new 18-hole course on land that was now no longer subject to regular flooding and so, in 1932, a new chapter began in the club’s history when a new clubhouse was built and King George V granted a Royal prefix. 

Fairways are relatively flat here but don’t be fooled by the benign topography as there are plenty of subtle undulations, small water hazards, palm trees and strategically positioned greenside bunkers to maintain interest in the layout. 

The routing is configured in two returning 9-hole loops and, interestingly, a road that bisects the course – Durban Light Infantry Avenue – has to be crossed during a round. 

The 468-yard 7th is a long par four (converted from a par five) that many golfers consider to be the toughest on the course, even though the preceding hole is ranked stroke index 1. The short par four 9th is another fine hole, with a green located close to the racetrack rails. 

On the back nine, five bunkers protect the green of the 153-yard 11th and the other par three at the 15th plays to a two-tier putting surface. Ranked the hardest hole on the inward half, the 17th is often played into a prevailing wind to a narrow, unyielding green. 

The old clubhouse at Royal Durban Golf Club is famed for its hospitality and visitors are always welcome to mix with members to discuss how they got on when they walk in from the 18th green.

In December 2012 the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship was held at the Royal Durban Golf Club. It was the first event on the European Tour’s 2013 Race to Dubai calendar but sadly poor weather resulted in the tournament being cut to 36 holes and the course reduced to a par of 65 due to waterlogged fairways. However, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson took full advantage, winning the title and recording his maiden European Tour win.
 
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