Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Gary Player Country Club Golf Course, South Africa

Mar 26th
2017

The Gary Player Country Club in the Sun City Resort, South Africa is acknowledged as a difficult and demanding course. When construction of the Resort began in 1978, the decision was taken to build a golf course that would rival the best in the world. South Africa’s most successful professional Gary Player, was an obvious choice to route the course in what is the crater of an extinct volcano. The result was an 18-hole golf course with a par of 72 that surpassed all expectations. Every December since 1981 it has been home to the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge(what used to be the Million Dollar Golf Challenge).

The course lies amidst beautiful nature and is regarded as one of the best in the world. Stretching over more than 7000 meters this typical parkland course is fairly flat, Gary Player C.C. is one of the world’s longest golf courses. All 18 holes are to be classified as difficult, with wide kikuyu grass fairways and bent greens, little rough, and many trees and streams, the many water hazards and sneaky bunkers. The magnificent views of the resort’s four hotels and lake, as well as the surrounding mountains that form part of Pilanesberg National Park, is enough to stir the blood. But wait, there’s more…

Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa

Nov 28th
2016

The golf course at the Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa is an amazing stretch of 18 holes designed by 18 different top-flight golfers, including Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.  The golf course is designed as an 18 hole championship golf course. It is at once the longest golf course in South Africa, providing all golfers, irrespective of their handicap, the experience of a true African challenge. The course plays at 6,534 metres for daily play but is capable of being extended to 7,748 metres for tournaments, making it one of the longest in the world.

Set on the legendary 22 000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the course has flowing fairways which wind through the open grasslands and dense bush. The design and layout of the course are in complete harmony with the natural resources.  The pristine bushveld environment has been preserved and the course remains one of the most environmentally sensitive in Africa.

The sheer scale of the golf course, with gently undulating greens and strategic bunkering ensures a unique golfing experience with breathtaking views of the Waterberg Mountains as a backdrop. On any given hole, a range of 5 tees allows the golf course to be set up for both professional and amateur players and creates the flexibility that one needs for an enjoyable golfing experience. 

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The Lost City Golf Course, South Africa

Sep 19th
2016

The Lost City Golf Course is an 18-hole desert-style golf course within the Sun City entertainment complex in the semi-desert of the North-West Province of South Africa. Designed by South Africa’s grand master of golf Gary Player, the Lost City Golf Course covers more than 100 hectares and incorporates 28,000 m2 of water features. It comes as no surprise that golf carts are compulsory. The rich green fairways give a dramatic contrast to the bushveld backdrop and the barren waste bunkers are a special feature of this intriguing course; the fairways were originally planted with the Bay view strain of Bermuda, but later replanted with the hardier kikuyu, making the fairways easier to hit.

The front nine holes have a desert style layout with a classic links feel. Large waste bunkers are common to this part of the course preventing a safe landing area for drivers and placing a premium on straight hitting. Playing the back nine is like going on a golf safari. It has often been noted that the game is more exciting when played downhill and this is certainly the case here. In addition to the previously mentioned thirteenth, holes eleven, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen are all played from elevated tees offering thrill, excitement and a challenge to the golfer – as well as some of the most spectacular African views to be had on a golf course. But wait, there’s more…

Durban Country Club, South Africa

Nov 9th
2015

South Africa’s most internationally established golf club, the Durban Country Club was founded in 1920 following the flooding of the Durban Golf Club during the South African Open, and the fear that the city would not host the event again unless another course was built. A new club was formed and the chosen site for its course was old swampland north of Durban’s city center, which was blessed with magnificent sand dunes and located less than 100 meters from the Indian Ocean’s golden coastline. George Waterman and Laurie Waters designed the layout and although it has been tweaked several times since, including by Colonel S.V. Hotchkin in 1929, the bulk of the course remains basically as first designed.

Durban Country Club, South Africa

Durban is a contrasting mix of links and parkland golf, with fairways generally cut through dense tropical vegetation and native bush. Eight holes are routed within the severely undulating dunes and the remaining ten are situated out on the flatlands. The opening five holes run adjacent to the beachside boundary and occupy the sites prime sandhills. The best of these is the par three 2nd, which overlooks the coastline and features a superbly bunkered back-to-front sloping target. Squeezed between this masterpiece and another wonderful short hole is the world famous par five 3rd, which heads through a substantial dune valley.

Elsewhere on the front side, the 5th and 6th are both excellent strong four’s while the par five 8th is a fantastic challenge that is notorious for its semi-blind approach played across a heavy diagonal ridge and into a small crowned green ringed by the thick bush.  But wait, there´s more…

Arabella Golf Club, South Africa

May 25th
2015

The Arabella Golf Club lies on the south-western coast of South Africa, 90 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport. Located on the R44, in Kleinmond (between Cape Town and Hermanus). Beautifully set against the Bot-River Lagoon this superb 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course has consistently been ranked in the top 10 courses in South Africa.

Arabella Golf & Country Estate

Peter Matkovich, who designed the Arabella Golf course, ensured that the 18 holes encompass the Mountain backdrops, lagoon frontage and forests on the estate near Kleinmond. These provide for links, parkland and coastal aspects, while the individual fairways provide natural corridors as vantage points to savour nature’s true beauty.  But wait, there’s more…

The Links at Fancourt Hotel & Country Club, South Africa

Mar 23rd
2015

Fancourt is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, and close to the country’s largest remaining indigenous forest, the Tsitsikamma. The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most enchanting areas with sheer cliffs plunging into the Indian Ocean, glittering white beaches and the majestic Outeniqua mountains.

The Links at Fancourt Hotel & Country Club

Gary Player, who has been a part of the design team since the original courses at Fancourt, came on board to add the Links in 2000 and has gone on to say The Links is perhaps his greatest achievement as a golf-course designer. Player’s design team spent months studying the classic links courses of Scotland and Ireland and then, armed with inspiration from the best that those countries had to offer, embarked on the ambitious task of recreating some of their finest holes to make a genuine links test on what was once an airfield.

The result is awe-inspiring and has elicited praise from some of the world’s finest golfers – The Links was the host venue for the 2003 Presidents Cup, which ended in an historic tie after a dramatic play-off between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.

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Mangais Golf Resort, Angola

Mar 9th
2015

Mangais Golf Club and Resort is located in Ingombota, a site along the Kwanza River, some 70 km or 1.5 hour drive from Luanda . The resort offers an 18-hole course designed by the Portuguese golf architect Jorge Santana da Silva, currently a second one is under construction while a third course is planned to open in a few years.

Mangais Golf Resort, Angola

Built on a land area of over 200 hectares beside the river, the 18-hole Mangais Golf Club and Resort course has a distance of 7000 meters.   Designed as an ecotourism project to preserve the local environment and wildlife, the course incorporates 20 lakes and a 7.5 km canal that runs between the lush mangrove forests that encompasses the course. But wait, there’s more…

Pinnacle Point Golf and Beach Resort, South Africa

Feb 9th
2015

Situated slap bang in the middle, Pinnacle Point is an equidistant 400km from both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The eighteen-hole championship course, opened in 2006, immediately reaped praise and acclaim from both national and international golfing communities and has since gone on to be consistently rated in South Africa’s top twenty courses.

Pinnacle Point Golf and Beach Resort, South Africa

Designed by celebrated golf architect Peter Matkovich and pro golfer Darren Clarke, Pinnacle Point Golf Course is one of the Garden Route’s essential destinations. Pinnacle Point inspires you to play its challenging layout with a level of respect due to the dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. All 18 holes have been designed to fit the contours of the land. But wait, there’s more…

Adrenaline Tour #3 (Skukuza Golf Course)

May 6th
2013

Skukuza Golf Course in South Africa it is not like any other golf course in the world that advertises itself as “unique” when in fact they are not, the reality is that not many are up to that standard. Skukuza it is one of the courses that deserve to be in that category, not only unique but potentially dangerous!

The sign as you enter the Skukuza Golf Course is a harbinger of the wild ride you are in for, in every sense of the word: “Beware: Dangerous Animals. Enter at Your Own Risk.” Right next to famed Kruger National Park, this South African course has warnings posted all over the park. They are like the alligator warning signs, except impossibly more terror-inducing.

Their signs read like they were written by someone in mid-chase: “Lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes. Do not run away! … If you run, the animal will believe that it has gained the advantage and it will be more likely to give chase.” Then there’s some helpful information about climbing the nearest tree. You look up from your reading to survey the trees on the course – this is when you yearn for a classic, tree-lined course. But wait, there’s more

Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa

May 29th
2011

The golf course at the Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa is an amazing stretch of 18 holes designed by 18 different top-flight golfers, including Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.  The golf course is designed as an 18 hole championship golf course. It is at once the longest golf course in South Africa, providing all golfers, irrespective of their handicap, the experience of a true African challenge. The course plays at 6,534 metres for daily play but is capable of being extended to 7,748 metres for tournaments, making it one of the longest in the world.

Set on the legendary 22 000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the course has flowing fairways which wind through the open grasslands and dense bush. The design and layout of the course are in complete harmony with the natural resources.  The pristine bushveld environment has been preserved and the course remains one of the most environmentally sensitive in Africa.

The sheer scale of the golf course, with gently undulating greens and strategic bunkering ensures a unique golfing experience with breathtaking views of the Waterberg Mountains as a backdrop. On any given hole, a range of 5 tees allows the golf course to be set up for both professional and amateur players and creates the flexibility that one needs for an enjoyable golfing experience. 

But wait, there’s more