Morningside Farm Golf Course was designed by Gary Player's company, for the exclusive use of a wealthy South African businessman who died shortly after his course was completed. The layout is part of a massive property that includes a reserve park and farm houses, and at the time of our visit (2006) was likely to be sold by a widow disinterested in golf.
The track itself was quite good, and a welcome break from most of the other layouts in this country.Instead of being long and tortuous, the holes were not overly long nor difficult, and at times there were genuine strategic elements to the design of certain features here. The nett result is a pleasant, fun course to play, it doesn't reach great heights but the reachable par fours, short par fives and attractive threes, incorporating the bushveld and wetlands, are nicely done.
The bunkering here is quite sparse, but the traps are deeper and more strategic than other Player courses we saw. Holes like the 3rd, which doglegs right around the bush, are worthy of mention, as are cross-pond par threes at 12 and 15 and the short dam-side 8th. Out in the open areas the golf gets a little bleak, but the conditioning was superb when we saw the course and the consistency of the holes here makes this stand out as one of Player's best courses.