Katberg Eco Golf Estate
SAGA rating: 69
Golf Digest ranking: 98
Katberg Eco Golf Estate is situated about 2 hours away from Port Elizabeth and East London, being roughly the same distance from both. Katberg isn’t the easiest golf course to get to with about 15KM of Sandroad to negotiate after you turn off the tar road towards the estate. However, the drive is worth it as Katberg will be one of the more dramatic golf courses you will play. It feels as though you are playing in an amphitheatre with the mountains that surround you watching on as spectators. Dale Hayes called Katberg a hidden gem, and it is just that.
I won’t make any bones about it, I found Katberg to be a tough golf course. There are some long carries over water and the low stoking holes provide a real challenge to get on the green in two. The greens were in great shape the day I played and were exceptionally quick.The course is in good nick and the sparsely spaced houses make it feel as if you are playing a course all to yourself at times.
My favorite holes:
The 5th is a downhill dogleg par 4 and is the lowest stroking hole on the course. A decent drive will still leave you a long iron into this fairly narrow sloping green that is well protected by bunkers. On most holes at Katberg you need to work for your score and the stroke 1 is the ultimate example of that. Coming away here with a bogey is by no means a bad score and you will be smiling all the way to the 6th if you manage a par!
The 18th is a 155M par 3 that has you hitting towards the club house over water. The sloping hill in front of the green and the bunker at the front make this a tough shot off of the tee and you would be happy at walking away with par on this hole. It is a pretty dramatic finish and with the mountain as the backdrop it makes for quite a memorable hole!
The drawback of Katberg for me is it’s distance and it’s remoteness. Being so far away from other courses makes it a bit of a pain if you would like to add it to a trip with a few other places. Staying here for a few days and playing the course a few times however, would leave you more than satisfied. The estate is well kept and the golf isn’t easy so one won’t be disappointed in playing the course a few times. When you have the opportunity to take the drive out to Katberg, do it, you won’t be sorry you did.