Champagne Sports Resort
Golf Digest Ranking: 35
Champagne Sports is one of those rare golf courses that have one admiring the scenery almost as much as concentrating on the game of Golf at hand. From the first dramatic view on the clubhouse deck, you know you are playing a truly beautiful golf course.Situated in the Drakensberg about 70 kilometres from Ladysmith and 400 kilometres from Johannesburg, Champagne Sports is certainly worth the drive from all parts of South Africa.
The Course isn’t particularly long but what it lacks in length it certainly makes up for in testing a golfers ability. Dramatic elevation changes and clever use of water and bunkers make this a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.I would recommend a cart as it would be a very challenging walk,there are large uphills and some long distances making a cart a must for most golfers.
My Favourite holes:
The 4th is an elevated 148M par 3 that can bite if due respect isn’t shown. A large water hazard guards the front of the green and deep bunkers will snaffle any long tee shots over the back.With a narrow dancefloor that slopes slightly towards the water, getting a par here is a more than adeqaute score. It truly is a hole for the memory banks and is definitely a highlight of the round.
10 – View from the clubhouse.
The tenth hole as seen above on the left is a great start to the second nine. A short dogleg right gives the option of a driveable green. The danger is out of bounds down the right side, leaving any brave and wayward golfers reloading on the tee box. A long green and well placed greenside bunker make this hole more difficult than one would think at first.With very high risk and reward, the tenth is a fun way to kick off the back nine.
All in all, Champagne Sports will be a rewarding day out for any golfer, young and old, new and seasoned. Testing but fair golf,exceptional views from the 19th hole and it being one of the most picturesque courses I have had the pleasure of playing, makes Champagne Sports a definite a South African golf bucket list course. Make sure you play here during your golfing travels!