Mpumalanga Golf CoursesLeopard Creek Golf Estate
Designed by Gary Player
Type Parklands golf course
Fairway Grass Kikuyu
Greens Grass Bent grass
Length 6533 (Ladies: 5106m)
Telephone+27 (0)13 791-2000
The Leopard Creek Golf Course is, hands down, South Africaís best wildlife / safari golfing experience. The course actually borders the Kruger National Park, separated by nothing less than the carving crocodile river.
When you imagine a golf course in this habitat itís easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the grounds are just as scrubby and arid as its lowveld surroundings but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Johann Rupert and his team have spared no cost in creating one of the lushest and indeed finest playing surfaces in the country.
The emerald green surfaces and white sculpted bunkers are naturally protected from the resident wildlife through innovative architecture and landscaping. That said, hazards at Leopards Creek certainly take on a new meaning with sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant being all too common. A dream for the safari enthusiast!
Leopards Creek is another of the Gary Player designed courses and the old master chose to go with a parklands layout measuring in at 6665m. Fairways are coated in a svelte Kikuyu and the greens with Bent. Player is particularly fond of his 18th that ends off with an island green as well as the 9th that includes a peninsula green.
Visitors are limited as the course is reserved for guests and members but limited bookings are available. The facilities are absolutely of the highest standard and include a clubhouse that will leave memorable views over the course and the Kruger National Park.