The Durban Country Club

With its stately Cape Dutch architecture that buttresses the Indian Ocean, the Durban Country Club has steadily kept its refined star status since its inception in 1922. This popular golf club has been home to world-class sporting event including hosting the South African Open 17 times including the centenary SA Open in 2010 where champion golfer, Ernie Els, won his fifth SA Open title. With this in mind, there is little wonder why the club has been voted among the Top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine USA. The club is also rated among the Top 11 in South Africa by Golf Digest, making it one of the most exciting stops on your luxury Rovos Rail journey.


The Durban Country Club’s regal white gabled building was constructed in 1924 by architects, Wallace Paton and WG Moffat. The clubhouse is set amongst the green, groomed lawns, crystal clear swimming pool and the well-known golf course which has been the site of many great shots by eventually talented players. When not playing, guests and members can enjoy the club amenities, particularly the pool on hot, humid Durban days.

The clubhouse offers a host of quality restaurants both fine and casual dining with dishes of a high calibre as well as an extensive wine list. For those wanting to get together and socialise, the cocktail bar, traditional bar and the poolside bar are available for get-togethers as well as functions, events and conferences.

Complementing the modern elegance of the Durban Country Club is its love and reverence for its history and events past that have contributed to the stellar character it possesses today. The clubhouse is a mini-museum of odes to the past such as honours boards, memorabilia. Trophies and framed photographs of key players and members that have graced the club’s grounds over the past century. This display shows that the club is committed to keeping in touch with the strong fellowship of its members.

The course

The course is made up of a variety of lush vegetation, characteristic of the region, with sand dunes and unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean. The course is by no means unchallenging and has proven difficult to even the most experienced players. The trademark of the Durban Country Club course is the large undulations in the fairways, specifically the 5th, 8th and 17th. The par five third hole is rated the best third in the world and the Durban Country Club is a shot-makers’ course that you need to strategise and analyse your way around. Our Rovos golf safari is perfect for those who want to enjoy some of the best games of golf in the world.