Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa Est. 1985

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Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa: Less than an hours' drive south of Durban and set 2 km back from the sea, the 80-hectare Selborne Estate has been acclaimed for many years as one of South Africa's premier golfing stay & plays.

The elegantly sweeping short par-5 opening hole sets the tone for this classical parkland course, which roams its way over undulating, partly wooded, partly open terrain. Occasional areas of real estate development have not detracted from the naturalness of this layout, with many holes lined by dense jungle vegetation.

Water hazards are a frequent threat, especially on the front-nine, with many small, strategically placed ponds to be negotiated alongside some fairways and in front of several greens.

The back-nine feels a little more open than the front, and also contains many memorable holes. The very good downhill par-5 10th and uphill par-5 12th are both played from nicely elevated tees, while the risk-reward short par-4 closing hole presents a good opportunity to finish on par or better; too often however, the extensive bunkering, accompanying palm trees and three-tiered green contrive to produce scores of bogey or worse.

Generally good-width fairways will give encouragement to big-hitters, but beware a few holes, like the short par-4 8th, where accuracy from the tee will serve you better than a long and speculative tilt at the green. With its abundant and diverse flora and fauna, Selborne is a delightful and enjoyable course to play, and occasionally throws in a view or two of the Indian Ocean at the far end of the course.

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Making Contact

Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa
Old Main Rd,
Pennington, KwaZulu-Natal 4184
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)39 688 1800
Pro Shop   +27 (0)39 688 1896

  +27 (0)39 975 3126

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland and residential.
Designer: Denis Barker
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6040 5614 4797
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 72 70 69
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How2Get There?

70 km S of Durban
Follow the N2 highway south from Durban for approximately 70 km. Take the Sezela exit and turn left at top of off-ramp. After approx 3 km on the old South Coast road, golf is on your left.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes: R360. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, SA affiliated and other discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required
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Other Information
Golf carts (fitted with GPS) available for hire. Caddies available.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

In 1985 Denis Barker was inspired to create South Africa's first residential golf estate out of what was then his Jersey cattle stud and dairy farm. He designed and built the course himself, and turned his family home into a luxury country lodge. Nowadays, around the estate, you can still see plenty of wildlife, including duiker, mongoose, vervet monkeys, bushbuck and over 160 bird species.

The club's emblem (a hunting dog or hound), comes directly from the family crest of the Earls of Selborne. The 2nd Earl was appointed high commissioner for South Africa in 1905, during which time he established the Selborne Estate. An almost identical emblem is used by Blackmoor Golf Club in Hampshire, England. Perhaps no surprise that Blackmoor was also owned by the Earls of Selborne.

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Published Ranking
2018 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 94th best course in South Africa.
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Latitude: (-30.372972)
Longitude: (30.675708)
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Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa 4-star
Old Main Rd, Pennington 4184, KwaZulu-Natal.
+27 (0)39 688 1800

At Selborne, the attentive staff create a special experience where the cosmopolitan comforts and high standards of a refined and exclusive estate are offered within this tranquil, subtropical setting. Amongst the wide array of facilities and services, Selborne offers an 18-hole championship golf course, health and beauty spa, private beach club, nature trails, conference facilities and fine dining.

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