Gowrie Farm is 1 450m above sea level. Allow for the ball travelling further than at the coast. And remember…
As quoted by Bobby Jones
Dog-leg right. The line off the tee is the right half of the fairway, which will leave 150m to 120m to the green. Big hitters can reach the wetland.
Dog-leg left where the big hitter can get home in two. The shorter drive needs 130m to carry the wetland and 186m to carry to the firstbunker.
A strong par 4. To get the best line in to the green, favour the right side of the fairway. The bunker on the left is 175m to the green.
A cheeky par three where club selection is all important. Too much club brings the water into play.
A monster into the prevailing wind. A worthy stroke one hole.
Short dog-leg left, the big hitter can carry the bunker on the left of the fairway. For others, the option may be a 3 or 5 wood, leaving 100m to 120m to the green.
This is a drivable par 4 for the strong player. The safe line is to either play short of or over the bunker in the centre of the fairway. The bunker is 120m from the green.
A par 3 where it is better to be short than long. Avoid the “spectacle” bunkers on the right.
Short par 4. Long iron or 5 wood is all you need for the tee shot. This will leave you a wedge or 9 iron to a green on the water’s edge. Safer to be on the right of the fairway, as the left runs into the water.
A blind tee shot over the stake will give the same shot as on the first hole, with an additional 30m to the green.
A long shot to a narrow green. Better to be long than in the front bunkers.
Stroke 2. A long straight tee shot should leave you with about 150m to the green.
This is the 3rd, played 50m shorter. The long hitters can reach the far bunkers on the right and left.
A strong three shooter. Stay out of the bunkers if you want to make a par.
A pretty little hole with all the trouble on the right.
A good drive will get you to the crest of the hill and a clear shot to the green. Aim at the bunker in the distance. The long hitter can, however, reach this bunker and may choose to try and carry the bunker on the right of the fairway.
Here, you play to the 7th green. The only trouble close to the green is the bunker on the right.
A hole that records as many 7s as 4s and 5s. Play it carefully and it is not as dangerous as it looks. The tee shot can be played over the bunkers for the brave, or left for the average golfer, who will then have about 150m to the stake on the peninsula fairway. If you are 175m or more from the stake, lay up and play your third to the stake, which is 100m from the centre of the green. The big hitter can get home in 2, but watch the water with your tee shot.
Gowrie Golf Course Estate and Accommodation in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
Classically built golf course – ideal country getaway holiday venue in the KZN Midlands, Nottingham Road
Looking for an idyllic country retreat, a classic golf course, conference venue, and great trout fishing with all the conveniences and upmarket style of the city?
Gowrie Farm at Nottingham Road in the KZN Midlands has all this to offer, with a varied selection of affordable and deluxe accommodation available. Situated at the hub of the popular Midlands Meander tourism route ensures myriad restaurants, coffee-shops, spas, diverse shopping and cultural attractions are in the area, as well as numerous sporting opportunities.