Durban Country Club

Set on the edge of the Indian Ocean, built upon rolling sand dunes and surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, Durban Country Club is one of the most unique and challenging in the world. The course has the best 3rd hole in the world and is rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA. Durban Country Club is currently ranked 10th on the Golf Digest Top 100 for 2014.

With a history spanning almost 90 years, Durban Country Club, established in 1922 is steeped in tradition and history. The course has hosted 17 South African Open Championship’s (including the centenary SA Open Championship in December 2010,) more than any other course in the country.

The five opening holes are rated amongst the best starts in the world, and the massive undulations in the fairways of the 5th, 8th and 17th are characteristic of the Club. Eleven of the holes wind their way in and out of the dunes, while the remaining seven play across flat land where the high to low level is less than seven feet.

The course’s signature hole is rated best 3rd hole in the world. The 468m, par 5 requires players to hit their tee shot from the highest point on the course, overlooking the Indian Ocean into a valley below, exposing their drive to the ocean gusts.

The impressive white gabled Cape Dutch style clubhouse harkens back to a bygone era. The clubhouse is a showcase for the memorable events held at Durban Country Club over the past century.

Guests can enjoy both fine and casual dining and relax in the intimate cocktail bar or chose the more traditional bar. The poolside bar and marquee are popular in the summer months.

The golf school is run by John Dickson, the current number one rated PGA teaching professional in South Africa. Lessons are available for all ages, catering for group sessions or individual lessons. Coaching sessions can include video analysis.


  • Clubhouse
  • Waterman Bar overlooking the 1st tee and 18th green
  • Halfway House
  • Roaming drinks car on the course
  • Change rooms with locker room attendant, shower facilities, shoe cleaning facilities and bag storage area
  • Lounge
  • A choice of three restaurants
  • 6 function rooms
  • Caddies
  • Club rentals
  • Golf cart rental at the Country Club course
  • Pull cart rental
  • Pro Shop
  • Driving range, putting and chipping greens, practice bunkers and warm up area
  • Golf Lessons
  • 7 all-weather tennis courts
  • 6 squash courts
  • Bowling green
  • wimming pool
  • A children’s entertainment centre

Course Information

Course Type: Semi-links
Designer: Originally designed by Laurie Waters and George Waterman; re-designed by Gary Player Group
Built: 1922
Course Rating: 18-Hole, Par 72
Course Length: 6,111m
Mens: 6,111m
Ladies: 5,294m
Grass type:
Fairways and Tees: Cynodon
Greens: Paspalum

Club Regulations

Golf Spike Rule:

Only soft spikes are allowed on the course.

GPS Systems:

After much consideration and discussions with other Clubs and Golf Unions the Committee has decided that it will allow the use of hand held GPS systems, but not during Tournament and Trophy events.

Dress Code:

Durban Country Club is proud of its standards and every effort is made to ensure that these standards are upheld. Golfers are expected to wear clothing that is designed primarily for golf and to dress smartly and appropriately at all times, both on the golf course and in the Clubhouse. Management and staff have both the responsibility and authority to interpret appropriate dress and to ensure that standards are maintained.


  • Traditional golf hats or peak caps to be worn with the peak forward
  • Golf shirts with a collar or crew neck to be tucked into trousers/shorts at all times
  • Traditional long or short golf trousers with belt or clasp
  • Formal three-quarter length golf trousers may be worn
  • Traditional knee-length golf stockings or short socks may be worn with short trousers
  • Short socks and anklets must be predominantly white when worn with shorts
  • Secret or hidden socks are not permitted


  • The regulation dress code of the Women`s Golf Association of South Africa applies
  • Fashionable golfing attire is encouraged, but should be of a modest nature
  • Garments with low necklines, bare midriff or made from denim fabric are not permitted on the golf course

The following dress will not be permitted under any circumstances:

  • Tee shirts
  • Bold commercial advertising
  • Vests or sleeveless shirts for men
  • Bush type or cargo pants
  • Draw-string or elasticised pants for men
  • Golf shoes with steel spikes
  • Jeans

Recommended Accommodation

Additional Activities

Activities at Durban Country Club:

  • 7 all-weather tennis courts
  • 6 squash courts
  • Bowling green
  • Swimming pool
  • Monthly bird walks are held on the last Saturday of the month and alternate between Country Club and Beachwood

External Activities:

  • Shopping
  • Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Zululand excursions and battlefield visits

For Children:

  • A children’s entertainment centre with giant jungle gyms, swings, trampolines, sandpits, volleyball courts and basketball courts is onsite at Durban Country Club

Experiences Featuring this Course