The golf course at Maritzburg Golf Club is 18-holes and par 72. The course length from the back tees is 6211 metres with the first nine 3076 metres and the back nine slightly longer with 3135 metres. The fairways are generous in width and the rough is not punishing, the greens are usually receptive and putt smoothly with subtle breaks on some. A meandering stream is a feature of the second nine which crosses holes 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17. You will find that the layout of the second nine is absolutely outstanding.
You will enjoy your game at MGC because the course, whilst challenging, is not difficult and local knowledge is not essential. The course is relatively flat, there are no blind holes or hidden horrors. The golf course is suitable for players of all handicaps including beginners. There is an electrified out of bounds fence on the perimeter of the course. Carts are available for hire.
Maritzburg Golf Club is a friendly club so after your round, you are welcome to come and join us for a well earned refreshment in the club-house.
Course layout: Description of each hole.
Hole 1: 467 metres-stroke 18
A slight dog-leg left par 5, which, for the longer hitter is reachable in two shots. A dam is on the right that only affects the second shot. Stroke 16 indicates that it is the easiest of the par 5’s. Bunkers are on the left and the right of the green.
Hole 2: 381 metres-stroke 3
A par 4 that plays longer than its 381 metres due to the uphill gradient which isn’t so apparent to the visitor. There are dams on both the left and the right although the right dam is not in play unless a severe slice is played off the tee. The dam on the left, however, is in play to most golfers so it’s advisable to play the hole according to the shape of the fairway. Front bunkers protect the sloping green on the left and the right. A score of 4 is an excellent result at this hole.
Hole 3: 176 meters-stroke 5
A par 3 that demands an accurate tee shot. The most difficult of the par 3’s, that has a water hazard along the full length of the hole to the left. There is a drainage ditch that surrounds the green but isn’t in play unless too much club is played.
Bunkers are on the left and right of the green that a similar slope to the second hole.
Hole 4: 474 metres-stroke 13
A par 5 that is an interesting hole that offers something for everyone. For the average player it’s a comfortable 3 shotter to reach the green. A long straight drive will invite the longer hitter to have a go at the green although the dam in front of the green may make him think otherwise. A straight second shot is necessary in laying up short of the dam with trees on the left and a hazard on the right. The approach with a short iron should be easy for the third shot to the green which has a solitary bunker on the right.
Hole 5: 146 metres-stroke 15
The short straighthole (the shortest on the course), with two front bunkers and another back right of the green. A seemingly easy hole but all gofers are pleased to walk away with a par.
Hole 6: 329 metres-stroke 12
A short straight par 4 that requires a tee shot that avoids the left hand side. The green has two front bunkers either side of a green that slopes from back to front. The approach shot should favour the middle to the left of the green.
Hole 7: 390 metres-stroke 2
A long par 4 which is slightly uphill that has a fairway sloping left to right. It requires 2 good shots to make the green. There is a bunker on the left which is 16 metres from the front of the green and another on the right. A second shot to the right must be avoided.
Hole 8: 358 metres– stroke 8
A straight par 4 with out of bounds on the left along the full length of the hole. A fairway bunker is on the right in a position to catch the average golfer’s drive. This fairway also slopes from left to right and the big hitter may elect not to hit driver at this hole. There are strategic bunkers placed alongside the green to the left and another one front right.
Hole 9: 355 metres-stroke 10
A straightforward par 4 hole which should not pose too many problems although a grass bunker and a sand bunker on the left of the fairway are placed to catch an errant drive. There is single bunker adjacent to the green on the left.
Hole 10: 349 metres-stroke 9
The tee is next to the club-house on this down-hill gradual dog-leg left par 4 hole that has an out-of-bounds fence along the left of New England Road Extension. Mature trees along the right of the fairway means that the tee shot is of paramount importance. A There is one bunker on the left of the flat green that is often visited.
Hole 11: 409 metres-stroke 1
After crossing the road, the 11th is a true stroke 1 and by far the hardest hole on the course. A dog-leg left par 4 with trees on the left and right requires a good tee shot to a fairway with little run. To hit a draw will be an advantage. Many golfers choose to lay up here short of the stream which crosses the fairway 35 metres short of the green. Should your tee shot be of sufficient length, a demanding second shot is left with only one bunker on the left of the green which has the shape of an upturned saucer.
Hole 12: 490 metres-stroke 7
It’s an understatement to describe this par 5 as interesting. One must take care to position the tee shot on the fairway. A slice to the right will find the meandering stream and the out-of bounds fence is on the left. Having negotiated the tee shot successfully, the left hand side of the fairway needs to be favoured for the second shot over the stream. This will leave a straightforward pitch to the green for a safe par 5 providing the green-side bunkers both left and right are avoided.
Hole 13: 367 metres-stroke 11
This hole runs parallel to the 11th hole and is a similar hole except that it is 30 metres shorter. A straight par 4 with a generously wide fairway with a second shot that needs to cross the stream at its widest point.
Hole 14: 158 metres-stroke 14
This par 3 is the 4th consecutive hole that crosses the stream. There is one thing that a golfer must not do on this hole and that is ‘don’t hit the tee shot left’. The is a hazard half way to the green in front as well as to the left. The bunker seems incidental in comparison. A simple hole providing your tee shot is straight.
Hole 15: 466 metres-stroke 17
A truly beautiful hole from the back tee-box. This par 5 is reachable in two with the tee shot carrying a dam. There are trees on the left and trouble on the right, if you are going for the green with a long club, but keep it straight. Not a difficult hole if one is careful and plays it to arrive at the green in regulation.
Hole 16: 365 metres-stroke 16
Another fairly wide fairway makes this straight par 4 hole an easy one in theory. One bunker on the right is all that protects the green. This is a potential birdie hole for golfers of all handicaps.
Hole 17: 174 metres-stroke 6
MGC members believe this par 3 to be one of the best in KZN. A challenging tee shot which must not be hit to the right of the green. There is a narrow stream there as well as out-of-bounds further right. Two front bunkers will catch a shot that is short so the objective is to be left and on the back of the green.
Hole 18: 357 metres-stroke 4
A brilliant finishing hole for matchplay or a tournament. A good drive will allow a view of the green otherwise only the flag-stick will be seen. A small green with one back bunker and on the left makes the second shot tight. Avoid hitting the ball left of the green.