Cotswold Downs Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Cotswold Downs Golf Club Est. 2006

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Cotswold Downs Golf Club: Of many excellent golf courses recently designed by Peter Matkovich, Cotswold Downs is surely one of his best, as well as being one of the most dramatic inland layouts in South Africa. Taking its name from the Cotswold region in England, this expansive, open and challenging course will thoroughly test your game, while also providing some wonderful views across the hills to Durban and the Indian Ocean. Spectacular elevation changes are a hallmark of this design. The par-5 opener provides an early introduction to the range of hazards that await, not least the excellent bunkering, presence of water hazards and large, sloping greens. On many occasions you can enjoy generous width fairways from the tee; much needed when the wind is blowing. However, the secret of scoring well here rests on hitting the greens with your approaches; anything too wayward will be devoured by deep greenside bunkering or occasional water hazards. Among the best of the short holes, the par-3 5th requires a plunging downhill tee-shot, with water seriously threatening in front of the green. The par-5 9th is played alongside a wonderfully natural stretch of forest that climbs up the hillside, and all around the course, wetland areas are home to a wonderful array of birdlife. The par-5 12th through to the par-3 16th take you up to the highest and most wind exposed section of the layout. Real estate, much of it yet to be constructed, will hopefully not impact the scenic splendour of this Matkovich masterpiece, allowing it to quickly fulfil its potential in going from very good to great.

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Making Contact

Cotswold Downs Golf Club
93 Inanda Rd, Hillcrest,
nr Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 3650
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)31 762 3660
Pro Shop   +27 (0)31 762 3661

  +27 (0)31 714 4432

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Golf Pro
Dean le View (Golf Director)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Rural countryside, woodland and residential.
Designer: Peter Matkovich
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6690 6193 4904
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 74 72 70
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How2Get There?

35 km W of Durban
From Durban centre take the N3 direction Pietermaritzburg. After approx 12 km take exit 17 onto the M13, direction Pietermaritzburg. Take exit 28 (Old Main Rd) and follow the R103 direction Hillcrest. After 2.4 km at shopping centre, turn right onto the M33 (Inanda Rd). After approx 3 km, golf entrance is on your left (opposite "Le Domaine" on your right).

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: ZAR 380. Shared, compulsory golf cart included. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Closed Mondays.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory; carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Like much of this area of KwaZulu-Natal, Cotswold Downs has been carved out of what was former sugar cane plantation. In many parts of the course wetland areas have been retained or introduced to promote the continuing naturalness of Cotswold Downs. A new clubhouse and Stay & Play lodges are planned to be built at Cotswold Downs.

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Published Ranking
2016 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 43rd best course of the 450 courses in South Africa.
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Latitude: (-29.760168)
Longitude: (30.790687)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

Le Domaine Lodge 5-star
Inanda Road, Hillcrest, nr Durban
+27 (0)31 716 8480

This 5-star boutique lodge is located directly opposite Cotswold Downs, and occupies tranquil, landscaped grounds which offer wonderful views. The 32 rooms, eight of which are suites, are equipped with the very best fittings and furnishings, including plasma screen TV, microwave, mini-bar, PC modem and DVD/CD Hi Fi.

Golf at this hotel Cotswold Downs (opposite)
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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km Royal Durban; Durban CC; Durban CC (Beachwood course).
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Rivendell Bed & Breakfast 4-star B&B
5 Southern Avenue, Hillcrest, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
+27 (0)31 765 4481

Rivendell Bed & Breakfast, in the heart of the 1000 Hills Experience, comprises nicely decorated rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. The rooms lead onto an enclosed courtyard that offers a secluded swimming pool and quiet garden ensuring peace and quiet for a perfect stay.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km Cotswold Downs
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Golf within 30 km Royal Durban; Durban CC; Durban CC (Beachwood course).
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