Southbroom Golf Club
Dale Hayes asked Frank Thomas:
"What is your favourite
golf course in the world and why?"
Frank Thomas is a South African
and former technical director of the USGA, inventor
of the Frankly Frog Putter and the author of “Just
"One of my favourites is
Southbroom G.C. in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It
is a short course and requires I use every club in
the bag. Located on the shores of the Indian Ocean
with stunning views, it never presents the same
challenge two days in a row, the climate is perfect
and the wind is unpredictable. I have had more
enjoyable rounds of golf at Southbroom than anywhere
Ranked #1 in South
Africa's Most Fun Courses (Golf Digest December
boasts one of the most popular
golf courses on the lower South Coast of
KwaZulu-Natal. As an integral part of the Southbroom
village, the course is a rare South African layout
and if it wasn't for all the palm trees and tropical
foliage, you'd think you were in Britain or Ireland.
Only a stone's throw from the
Indian Ocean, Southbroom Golf Club affords golfers
impressive views of pristine beaches and the sea;
the tranquility of playing alongside the lush
indigenous vegetation of the Frederika Nature
Reserve; and an opportunity to feel the pride of the
Southbroom village as the course meanders past
elegant coastal residences.
Each of the 18-holes has its
own unique feature and ability to test the skill of
even the most accomplished golfer.
The Southbroom golf course is
not a breeze to play especially when you experience
it on a windy day. The par-3 fourth, just 114
meters, is the most famous of the two seaside holes.
On a calm day it's a wedge, but it's a tiger when
the wind is blowing into you. Water, in the form of
both dams and rivers flowing to the sea, quietly but
surely come into play and golfers need a careful
game plan to negotiate this charming course.
Recently adjudged by Compleat
Golfer to be the most popular club in KwaZulu-Natal,
South Africa, the Southbroom golf course was
established in 1938 and has consistently been
improved and upgraded over the years. It always has
a neat, manicured look about it and current
improvements doubled the size of the green on the
par-5 ninth which now sweeps towards the edge of a
large water hazard that is hidden from view when
playing your approach; and the relocation of the
cart-path along the right hand boundary of the par-3
The Southbroom Pro Shop, run by
Derek & Sheena James, has an old-fashioned feel
about it with every nook and cranny crammed with
interesting goodies and lots of the latest golf
gear. It's a place where you're assured of a warm
welcome with everyone going out of their way to help
The clubhouse commands
impressive views of the course and the Indian Ocean,
affording opportunities for frequent whale and
dolphin spotting, and lives up to the early
expectations of "popular amenity and social centre"
of the village.