The diverse and multicultural ‘Rainbow Nation’ of South Africa can truly be called ‘a world in one country’, with breathtaking natural scenery, diverse and abundant wildlife, gourmet food, historic wine estates and to top off its attractions –some of the world’s most scenic beginner, as well as seriously challenging golf courses.
A challenge to all Pro’s
A firm favourite as well as the ultimate challenge for all avid golfers, has to be the course at Legend Golf and Safari Resort, located within the Entabeni Safari Conservatory, approximately two hours’ drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
The Legend Golf and Safari Resort in South Africa’s beautiful Limpopo province is home to what has actually been described as the ‘most extreme golf hole in the world’ – the Extreme 19th; the world’s highest and longest par-3 hole.
The whole extreme experience begins with golfers taking a helicopter ride to the tee box, which sits high up a cliff on Hangklip Mountain.
From here it is a 576-metre drive to reach the pin of this unique golf hole. The tee box is, however, 430 metres above the green, allowing plenty of leverage – not to mention a superb panoramic background. The green itself is shaped like the African continent, surrounded by a bunker. The average drive will remain airborne for some 30 seconds, allowing plenty of time to marvel at its flight. All the balls are fitted with tracking devices (as you may well imagine, they have to be under the circumstances) in case the drive is a little wayward.
The first birdie on this extreme golfing hole was recorded by former Barbados cricket star Franklyn Stephenson, who sunk a 7m putt after his booming drive landed on the green. Many celebrities have played this hole, and some have done themselves extremely proud. Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman became one of the first golfers to record a par on the Extreme 19th.
One for the Beginners
Tucked away in the north-east corner of South Africa, the Lowveld is a world with a pace all of its own. And at the centre of this world lies Greenway Woods, the premier leisure resort in Mpumalanga. Enjoy a round of golf at Greenway Woods Resort which is a Gary Player designed 18 holes golf course adjacent to the hotel, at the White River Country Club.
The 5th and possibly the signature hole of the course, is an extremely attractive par-3 hole, but calls for an accurate tee shot over the gushing river onto a gently sloping green. With out of bounds beyond, and to the left, and water to the right of the green, this is one hole that may prove to be challenging. The experts advise that club selection is the key, and pin placement can have a dramatic effect on the degree of difficulty of this hole.
Book your golfing trip to any of our beautiful destinations in Southern Africa for an experience that you will never forget. Test out your skills, or take your first steps as a beginner golfer, the choices are endless.