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Happy holidays! Bring on 2019!

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Happy Holidays!


From myself, Monica and all our staff at the Range we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and hope that 2019 is a better year for all of us.

merry christmas

This is our final Newsletter for 2018 and I hope you have found some value in our content this past year. I am really looking forward to 2019. We have some exciting new plans at the Range, and our two golf courses are in excellent condition with no temporary greens going forward, 2019 promises to be an excellent year for golf. Thank you for all your support the past year and I hope in some way we have added to the fun you have playing this wonderful game. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the experience at the Range next year please feel free to mail me on

I hope you get the chance to play golf with your friends and family over the Christmas season and that you get the chance to visit us at the Range, both myself and Sikhumbuzo will around if you need some help.


Student of the week


golf student of the week


Special visitors at the Range


Really nice to have Gary Gilchrist, one of South Africa’s top exports and Golf Digest top 50 coach in the USA, visiting our Range. Gary has taught the likes of Michelle Wie and Ariya Jutanugrarn on the LPGA Tour. We first met back in 1989 when he won the Sunshine Tour Q school at Germiston, time flies…

golf visitors

Also in the picture are Peter and Nicci Tayor, who have done such a wonderful job at our Club and Kevin Stone, just back from his attempt to qualify for the Champion Tour in the USA.


Change someone’s life in 2019


If you are looking for some gift ideas for the golfers in your family, we are happy to customize a lesson voucher for you. From today until the end of December all vouchers ordered online will have a 15% discount. Please email take up this offer.

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For the little ones


Kid’s Christmas Holiday activities 2019 Mount Edgecombe Junior Golf Academy
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December Opening hours


december range opening hours


The direction of technology


The golf ball has changed

Despite being the most regulated piece of golf equipment, the golf ball improved again in 2018.

golf ball

There are some that are troubled by golf ball improvements.
There’s sometimes a hysteria about the subject.
But what about this from Golf Illustrated in 1910: “If the carrying power of golf balls is to be still
further increased, all our golf courses will be irretrievably ruined as a test of the game.”
Wow, a 100 years ago they were worrying about the golf ball.

happy golfer

So, how easy do you find the challenge of golf? Even with over a hundred years of ongoing improvement in the golf ball, has the game become easy?

All golf balls are better now

The latest innovations we have seen have allowed all golf balls to feel softer at impact, creating a better feel, while still maximizing ball speed. Each golf ball model does perform differently though. Some will work better for you than others. Have you ever had a “golf ball assessment?”


What motivates you?


The summary and what happens now

In the last three weeks, we’ve asked questions about what you most want out of your golf.

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What is most important to you:
the social, recreational
experienceor the sporting
As you drive to the
golf course, amongst
all the important things
you want to be right,
what is the most important?
There are so many
formats in golf. Which
do you prefer the most
and which do you least enjoy?

Let us know

If you haven’t answered these simple questions, and want to help, then we’ve combined them into one easy web page.

Happy golfing!

steve cottingham mount edgecome golf academy
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Get the kids off the couch and outdoors this holiday


Tuesday, 04 December 2018

What’s happening on tour?


After watching a thoroughly enjoyable Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open, I had to check the setting on my TV as the course looked just spectacular, we can look forward to this week’s SA Open. This year the host club is Randpark Golf Club with R17 500 000 in prize money up for grabs with most of our top players and a host of superstars competing led by tournament host Ernie Els; Louis Oosthuizen; Brandon Stone; Branden Grace; Charl Schwartzel; last year’s winner Chris Paisley; Matt Wallace; Edoardo Molinari; Oliver Wilson; Matteo Manasero and the Afrasia winner, Kurt Kitayama is also entered.


Junior Academy


As the year comes to and end it is nice to see the positive results from some of the players in our Junior Academy, well done toMartin Smit for helping these young golfer to continually improve.

“It brings me great pleasure today to see four of my students excelling at the end of the year, after 4 terms of hard work and practice ( and a little fun along the way). Amy Fletcher aged 14,is playing at Kloof CC in the KZNLGA Trials, and shot 72 76 to lead by 18 shots (wow!). Charlotte Phipps aged 11, shot 84 (nett 64) impressive as she is the youngest in the field.”

“I’m also proud to announce that Akhil and Kairav both 11 years old, have been selected to represent KZN U16 Ethekweni Team.”

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Kid’s Christmas Holiday activities 2019 Mount Edgecombe Junior Golf Academy
junior golf academy christmas holiday kids golf activities


Out with the old, in with the new!


We have brand new Srixon balls for you this month and as you can see one of our most avid members testing them out “Durban style”. At least he isn’t wearing flip flops?

srixon golf balls
New Balls

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This is Dave in preparation for the photo shoot

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The gift that keeps on giving


Not sure what to get that special golfer in your life for Christmas? Why not give them the gift of better golf by purchasing a lesson voucher from me? It’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face.

golf christmas vouchers


December Opening hours


december operating hours


The direction of technology


Materials open up your opportunity

Adjustable drivers, while being main-stream, have until now come along with some compromises,
especially with forgiveness.

golf driver By using weight strategically, designers have been able to extend the size of the hitting zone.

The leading 2018 drivers not only protect ball speed away from the sweet spot, they protect the launch conditions.

That means, despite a slightly off-centre ball strike, you still get the length of ball flight and distance you expected.

Originally, the weight required for adjustable
hosels reduced the amount of weight available
to the club designer.
That’s not the case anymore. More than enough
weight is available to the designer to allow them
to develop a driver packed with forgiveness.
adjustable hosels

The adjustable driver improvement

Now though, new manufacturing processes, new lighter but stronger materials, have provided the designers of adjustable drivers with enough discretionary weight to give you adjustability and forgiveness.


What motivates you?


What are you most looking forward to, as you arrive?

We’re trying to gain a better understanding of what’s important to our golfers. Last week we had a simple question relating to social golf vs competitive golf. If you missed it and want to answer,

This week we want to understand what you look forward to most as you drive to the golf club. Again a simple question. And again, to preserve privacy, your name is optional. So what inspires you?

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Let us know

This is just one question. It might make you think though.
Let us know now.

Happy golfing!

steve cottingham mount edgecome golf academy