So today I ventured south of Johannesburg to the South Downs Country Club. This was my second trip to South Downs, and the difference this time is remarkable. The course is near to pristine with beautiful greens, well grassed fairways and level tee boxes! What a change! I don’t know what South Downs have done to achieve this change but whatever it is, bring it on!
For those that haven’t yet played this course, you are missing a treat. It is fairly flat, which makes for a very easy walk, and has no real surprises. Although there is a fair amount of water on the course, none of it is designed to trap you. It is all quite easy to either lay up in front of, or to carry it depending on your personal ability. Two of their par fives are over 500 meters so get those drivers out. These are long holes! One is fairly tricky with a dog leg left, but if you plan your approach well, you should make the green in regulation.
The halfway house and pub have been redone, and are both very nice indeed. The staff in these facilities as well as in the well stocked prop shop, are very friendly and knowledgeable. A pleasant addition to an already great day on this course.
So is South Downs worth the trip to the south? Absolutely. This golfer is not easy to please and he enjoyed the course immensely.