• Overview

    The 2015 South Africa Tour was a success, but we have made enhancements to the logistical arrangements for this tour.  The transportation will be in luxury mini-coaches with spacious reclining seats and we have employed the services of specialist tour guides for the sightseeing days. With the dinners in the evenings we will be pre-booking restaurants each night as usual, but also encouraging clients to dine independantly if they wish, as the culinary scene in South Africa is both superb and diverse and we don’t want clients to feel that they must dine with the group all of the time.

    We have also extended the tour by a week in order to give you more choice of the weeks that you may wish to attend. This should also ensure that the number of clients attending each week does not become too excessive. Ultimately these tours are about creating personal experiences that will live long in the memory and our ethos is very much about caring for you, our client, and ensuring that you feel very much at the heart of what we do.  You may of course book all four weeks, but equally please select the combination of weeks that is best for you and we will book you in accordingly.  If you wish to book for South Africa 2016, please contact us and let the countdown to a wonderful tour commence!

    David Short

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 20th February – Welcome to Durban

    For the first time in seven years we return to Durban and the return is well overdue! Durban has a very different landscape and feel to the Western Cape and the Garden Route and makes for a wonderful contrast. The golf is also very good indeed and we will be playing some of the finest courses in the region. Our hotel for the week is the Protea Hotel Edward, which harks back to a time of Victorian elegance.  This world famous hotel has played host to Princes, Presidents, Field Marshals, millionaires and movie stars since opening in 1911. Situated on Durban’s Golden Mile, we have access to gorgeous stretches of golden sands, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the promenade that allows us to walk from the uShaka Marine world to the Suncoast Casino. The rooms are elegant and have been recently refurbished and the facilties of the hotel are very good ideed.

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Sunday 21st February – Durban Country Club

    The first round will be an absolute treat for any golf connoisseur! Opened in 1922, the Durban Country Club is regarded as one of the best golf courses in South Africa and is acknowledged to have the best third hole in the world. Playing from a high tee to a narrow fairway with dense bush and a predatory bunker on the left hand side we’ll see why this hole is the most popular on the course. The course has also hosted the South African Open Championships 14 times. With its dense bush, indigenous trees and undulating fairways it is hard to believe that this spectacular championship course is actually situated in the centre of Durban. The course is both scenic and demanding and to score well we are going to have to play well. Although extremely challenging to the most skilled golfer, the course will be enjoyed by all, but rarely mastered.

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Monday 22nd February – Mount Edgecombe Golf Club

    Today’s round is at Mount Edgecombe Golf Club. Formerly Huletts Country Club, the course has been redesigned by Hugh Baiocchi to create a memorable championship course. It has a beautiful setting in the sugar cane country on the north Kwa-Zulu Natal coast. The fairways sweep between densely massed pines, tall gum trees and beautiful shrubs. The new course has an interesting layout, characterised by attractive water features and large, multi-tiered greens planted with country club grass.

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Tuesday 23rd February – Royal Durban Golf Club

    The Royal Durban Golf Club is an oasis of calm amidst a bustling City. Royal Durban is not only unique in its setting and character, but is one of South Africa’s most demanding championship courses. The length of 6,115 metres could be considered a short course by modern day standards; however in Durban’s humid sub-tropical atmosphere it plays more like 6,500 metres with little run on its lush fairways. With its absence of trees, and a deceptively easy flat layout, one could be forgiven for thinking that this course presents very few challenges. However, the 18 hole course, with its narrow fairways, thick, notorious rough and profile greenside bunkers well placed to catch any wayward shot, has only allowed a few players to break 280 strokes over 72 holes.

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Wednesday 24th February – Sightseeing Day

    Our sightseeing day will commence with a drive through Durban, taking in some of the fascinating history of the City. We will then visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site near Howick. The Nelson Mandela sculpture consists of 50 steel columns between 6 and 9.5 metres high along a 30 metre length. To see the Mandela image we approach from the car park along a path representing ‘the long walk to freedom’ where the laser cut steel columns gradually come together and focus at a particular point 30 meters from the sculpture. The 50 linear vertical steel columns line up at this point creating the illusion of a flat two dimensional image magically recreating Madiba’s portrait, metaphorically announcing his return to the site of his disappearance from world view 50 years previously. This is the largest artwork of its kind in South Africa and has instantly become an international symbol of the iconic status of Nelson Mandela.

    We will then move on to the Howick Waterfall, otherwise known as KwaNogqaza, the ‘place of the tall one.’ The waterfall is a 95 metre cascade into a broiling, restless pool, regarded by the local Zulus with grave superstition, and said to be the place of the spirits of ancestors. Local legend believes that in the pool lives a giant snake like creature and probably because of this only sangomas are safe close to the falls. The view from the top, in particular, is pretty inspiring, and the volley of water mesmerising. KwaNogqaza has become a principal tourist attraction for the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

    From the Hoswick Waterfall we move on to experience traditional KwaZulu-Natal hospitality at the Gooderson Dumazulu Traditional Zulu Village, South Africa’s biggest cultural village. We will watch as locals make spears, shields, baskets and clay pots. We can peek into the world of the sangoma and have a one on one reading, experience the rhythmic drumbeat and dance of Africa, taste Zulu beer and watch the throwing of the bones! Situated in the heart of Zululand near Hluhluwe, the Gooderson DumaZulu Traditional Zulu Village is as much a living cultural museum as it is a natural and therapeutic outdoors environment for visitors to reconnect with nature. The day will draw to a close with a visit to the world class uShaka Marine World, situated close to the hotel.  

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Thursday 25th February – Zimbali Golf Club       

    Zimbali Golf Club, located to the north of Durban, is a superb golf course in a magnificent setting. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the course features wonderful vistas of the Indian Ocean and provides an interesting and tough challenge. Being an eco-conscious golf course and estate, Zimbali’s tee boxes are often situated in slightly tricky positions to avoid environmental disturbances. The first eleven holes take us over rolling hills, which present ideal vantage points from which to enjoy the magnificent views. Thereafter, holes 12 to 18 explore the Zimbali indigenous forest.

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Friday 26th February – Durban Golf Club Beachwood Course

    Our final round of golf in Durban is at the Beachwood Course located at the Durban Country Club. Bordering the Indian Ocean, there are 41 bunkers around the greens and 33 fairway bunkers waiting for wayward shots. Four of the holes are blessed with water features and most fairways are lined with trees. Another interesting aspect of the course is that it lies at the southern end of Virginia Airport, which is used mainly for small commercial aircraft, private flights, training flights and helicopters. The aircraft taking off and landing all adds to the intrigue of playing the holes at this end of the course.

    Overnight at Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

    Saturday 27th February – Departures or travelling to Cape Town or into Zambia!

    After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head to King Shaka Airport for the journey home, or to commence week four of the tour in Cape Town, or there is the opportunity to take a post tour trip to Zambia to visit the Victoria Falls. The Cape Town week is described in the next section of the brochure, with the details of the Zambia post tour trip detailed thereafter.

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price Per Golfer: £1,775.00
Price Per Non Golfer: £ 1,560.00

Single Room Supplement(per night): £35.00

Notes on the internal flights

The journey from Durban to Cape Town or to Livingstone in Zambia will be by plane. However, we have not included the cost of the internal flight within the tour cost, as it may well be less expensive if you book the flight as part of your overall flight programme. We will liaise with each client individually and act as required and add the cost of the internal flight to each client’s account if necessary. If you do require us to book the flights, the flights will be booked with our associate Travel Agent, Select World Travel.

– If you are returning to the UK at the end of Week 3, please book your return flight from King Shaka Airport in Durban via Johannesburg.

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your tour host, David Short

– Accommodation

– Daily breakfast

– Daily transfers

– Golf

– Sightseeing / Activities as specified

Price Excludes:

– International and internal airfares

– Drinks or meals unless stated