Acquired by the Durban Country Club in the 1990s, the Beachwood golf course was first opened in 1930 and is essentially an out and back links-like track that plays alongside the northern beaches of Durban. Here dense vegetation mostly obscures views of the sea, while unlike the main Durban course there is less dramatic undulation and space here doesn’t allow for a more substantial test of golf.
Central to the front nine is a major wetland area which several holes are spread around. As a result the front side is more interesting than the back, which gets a little cramped in places and has a few too many short and easy par fours.
Beachwood was upgraded by Gary Player’s company shortly after the acquisition, conditioning also improved considerably. Today’s track is still quite subtle and understated which is appropriate on such a site. Mostly the bunkering is good and the rolling greens work well under most conditions.
Without there being a glut of really outstanding holes, this is a pleasant place for golf and most are sure to enjoy a game here.