Course Layout

Simbithi Golf Course Layout

Simbithi Country Club is a Peter Matkovich designed golf course that has become one of the most talked about golfing destination in KwaZulu Natal, the reason being clear to all who have ventured onto this pristine layout. The condition of the course is second to none with well paced true greens that hold a well struck approach shot, pristine fairways and a layout that will test your course management at every hole. Simbithi Country Club is the first executive golf course to be built in South Africa. With a par of 60, made up of thirteen par 3’s, four par 4’s and one par 5, you might be forgiven for anticipating this golf course as a lesser challenge, but that will be at your peril!

A large number of tees have been created to allow the very young the opportunity of making par! Simbithi is rated as one of only two golf courses in KZN as the Volvo 5 Star Golf Experience winners (Compleat Golfer). The course makes for an enjoyable round of golf.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 1

1st: VEGETABLE GARDEN (Par 3)
From amadumbe to strawberries, brinjals to carrots, watercress to beans, this was the flourishing kitchen garden which fed the Ladlau family and the farm’s workers. Come up short and you’re in the … raspberry patch.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 2

2ND: FARMYARD (Par 3)
Mannie Ladlau’s business was sugar, but his favourites on this farm were his dairy herd—milk, butter and cream for all who lived here—and his fruit—litchis, avos pineapples, pawpaws, granadillas and guavas. Even a small coffee plantation. On this hole, tee off in the paddock where the cows grazed under the trees; hit over coffee and pineapples; put out in the cowshed.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 3

3RD: SHAD RUN (Par 4)
The fig trees behind this tee mark the original sand road down to the beach at Shaka’s Rock—a public thoroughfare. Traffic… a couple of cars per day and a few fishermen on foot was its peak in shad season.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 4

4TH: WILD ORCHIDS (Par 3)
You will still see them along this hole, “dripping from the trees, wrote the Farmers’ Weekly of this “paradise of a farm”. They’re one of the features of the jungle of indigenous trees, shrubs and creepers which distinguish this part of the course.

Simbithi 5thHole

5TH: MONKEY HAVEN (Par 3)
All the stuff that monkeys love and need remains in this stretch of pristine forest.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 6

6TH: LEGUAAN’S LAIR (Par 3)
Home of Africa’s largest lizard, the water monitor; still seen slipping into the reeds to avoid errant golf balls.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 7

7TH: UNGODIWODODI (Par 4)
Hole of the dirt with a sea view of Salt Rock beach, used to be the farm’s very scenic rubbish dump.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 8

8TH : SHEBEEN (Par 3)
Here, in a hidden clearing in the middle of the crane-break, was the farm’s informal, illegal and very popular distillery and pub, where potent home-brew was made and sampled.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 9

9TH: AMAKHOWE (Par 3)
A prime spot for the hunter-gatherers of one of the world’s most delicious wild mushrooms. Termitomyces umkowaani, locally know as amaKhowe, which spring up after spring and summer rains.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 10

10TH: TRAMLINE (Par 3)
A narrow—gauge line ran through Zorai and neighbouring Tara, taking cut sugar cane to the loading zone en route to the local mill.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 11

11TH: PANIC STATION (Par 3)
Favoured nesting spot for Potamochoerus porcus, or bush pigs; just a snuffle or a fleeting sighting of these fearsome –looking nocturnal creatures caused major consternation among farm-workers weaving home from the shebeen.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 12

12TH: GOLOVANE (Par 5)
These were the little trucks which ran along the farm track, filled with cut cane.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 13

13TH: LOADING ZONE (Par 3)
Nothing (or so we believe) to do with a locally distilled cane spirit of the same name! This was an early—morning meeting place. Farmers and sirdars met here to supervise the send—off of their cane to the mill, to chat and catch up. Local kids were taught to drive here.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 14

14TH: MHLABATHINI (Par 4)
A very sandy area of the farm—most convenient for the making of the greens on the course.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 15

15TH: BANANA HUT (Par 3)
Here is a hide-out; made of banana leaves, used by farm guards whose job was to protect young cane from marauding monkeys and rooting wild pigs.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 16

16TH: UMNYUZI HILL (Par 3)
On these steep, coastal farms, ridging the cane fields was a job for mule-drawn ploughs.

Simbithi Golf: Hole 17

17TH: ISIQHINGANA (Par 3)
Zulu name for the tiniest island—an islet: unless your pitching is spot on, one of the biggest challenges on this deceptively demanding course.

Simbithi Golf: Hole

18TH: CRY BABY (Par 4)
The little loco which ran through the farm would toot in the early hours of the morning—a wake up call for farmers, staff and sleeping Marot girls, Kay and Jen, much to their mother Mary’s dismay.

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