Mount Edgecombe’s two Parklands courses offer championship-style play for the avid golfer a few kilometers inland from the seaside resort town of Umhlanga. Studded with lush exotic vegetation and lustrous water pools, the grounds are rife with the honeyed warble of birdlife. Fortunate visitors may be blessed with the songful cry of the fish eagle, and perhaps even a sighting. The wild lure of Natal distinguishes this course.
Originally known as the Hullets Country Club, and created by Sid Brews in 1936, the course was upgraded and modernized in 1992 by Hugh Baiocchi, and is one of the few courses in the country to meet the USGA specifications.
Plans for the second course began in 1994. Daysen, De Villiers and Van der Merwe were commissioned to design the championship course directly south of the existing course on Estate 1. The topographical features, undulating hills with isolated indigenous bush, a stream running from East to West, the Pani Dam and two sensitive wetlands were taken into account when the development began.
Redesigned by professional golfer Hugh Baiocchi, Mount Edgecombe’s two courses each boast their own clubhouses and unique features. Course One offers three signature holes – the 14th to the 16th – dubbed ‘the Amen corner’, characterized by their water hazards. Course Two is considerably ‘wilder’, with a profusion of indigenous shrubbery and wandering antelope.
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