Outstanding – Plan your golfing holiday around this course.
One of the most charming and popular courses on the lower South Coast, Southbroom is one of those rare South African layouts where it’s an integral part of the village. If it wasn’t for all the palm trees, and tropical foliage, you’d think you were in Britain or Ireland. The club’s pro shop, run by Derek and Sheena James, also has an old-fashioned feel about it, every nook and cranny crammed with interesting goodies, and lots of the latest stuff too. It’s a place where you’re assured of a warm welcome, with everyone going out of their way to help you.
The course is a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean, but the 18 holes are squeezed in between housing – all the prime plots on the beachfront were sold off for that purpose in the early years – so most of this 1950’s course is hidden from the sea. in fact, there are only two seaside holes. The most famous is the short fourth, just 114 metres, played from a tee above the beach. On a calm day it’s a wedge, but it’s a tiger when the wind is blowing into you.
Southbroom is continually being improved and upgraded, and always has a neat, manicured look about it. At present, a new green is being built on the par-5 ninth. It sweeps towards the edge of a water hazard that is hidden from view when playing your approach.