KZN golf courses underwater, closed indefinitely

With an immense amount of destruction already done to the course, the Durban Country Club (DCC) will be closed indefinitely while administrators control the damage, hoping the relentless flooding will eventually end.

The DCC, ironically started in 1922 due to persistent flooding on lower Greyville, has been hit by water in the past two weeks, along with various other courses in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to local pro and DCC golf director Don Gammon, the most damage has been done in recent days, with more than 300mm of rain on the course in just 72 hours.

And while there hasn’t been any major structural damage yet, the greens, fairways, bunkers and roughs have all but been destroyed.

Durban Country Club is seen covered in water after heavy rain. Image: Provided

“The course is on a low level, which is not conducive to coping with floods. The water is rushing out of town and the storm system can’t cope,” Gammon said Wednesday.

“Now we have a situation where we have 14 or 15 holes underwater, and the reality is that it’s going to take a long period of time to revitalize the course.

“It’s very stressful, but everyone here is struggling right now, so we just have to keep our heads up and try to get through this as best we can.

It would take at least two weeks to drain the water from the course, Gammon said, and with more rain expected the club could be closed until at least the end of May.

“It’s been such a process to get this course back to the pristine state it was in,” he said.

“There is already so much damage and we don’t even know where to start to clean it up. We have full confidence in our team, but it’s a disaster.

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Although San Lameer Golf Estate was also affected by flooding, management hoped to open the course in the next few days, provided there was no more rain.

“There was no structural damage to the villas or common property buildings,” San Lameer told owners in an update Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, the golf course was not so lucky. Bunkers and greens have been hit pretty hard.

“There is water in most of the bunkers and we would need to drain those bunkers, remove all the old sand and replace it with new bunker sand, which will be an expensive exercise.”

The San Lameer golf course is covered in water. Image: Provided
Heavy rain damage is evident on the San Lameer course. Image: Provided
A green is covered in mud and sand at the San Lameer Golf Estate. Image: Provided

There were fallen trees at San Lameer, as well as water sitting on some greens. Golf and cart trails were also not spared as cobblestones were washed away and a bridge over the trail collapsed.

“Repair work, to restore the course, including the greens, to its former glory, has already begun. It is hoped that the course will be open for play in the coming days.”

Meanwhile, a video of the Umbogintwini River flowing through Amanzimtoti shocked onlookers.

Watch the video below:

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Michael C. Ford