Nelspruit Golf Club is a must-play when visiting the southern Kruger area and the one of the most popular golf courses in the region. It is a busy and friendly club that welcomes visitors on South Africa golf holidays. The club plays host to the annual ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ tournament, when hundreds of amateur golfers descend on the course to compete.
The course is landscaped with indigenous Lowveld trees and over 256 different species of birds can be seen. Originally designed with no fairway bunkers, Nelspruit has undergone radical changes in recent times. Since Peter Matkovich was commissioned to revamp and modernise the course, bunkers have appeared, making it all the more challenging.
The course starts with a long and intimidating par 4 but for the most part the par 4’s are a fair test. On the back nine, the 14th feature hole is a par 5 from an elevated tee box,which will tempt the longer hitters. The fairway is flanked by trees on one side and a ditch on the other to penalise any wayward shots – a real card-wrecker.
The 5th is a deceptive par 3 of 141 metres to a large green, the player hits over a dry creek to a long, narrow green protected by bunkers on the right. Club selection is important as it can vary by as much as three clubs depending on the pin position. There is danger to the front as well which is over grown with bushes.
The club is a true member’s club and whilst it welcomes visitors most days of the week, it is not quite as polished as other clubs. However, there are all the facilities that you would need including showers, restaurant and a pro shop.
There is accommodation nearby and we include Nelspruit Golf Club as one of the courses on our Kruger Golfing Safari Itinerary.
For more information about South Africa golf holidays and playing at Nelspruit, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 (Europe) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia) to speak to our South Africa Golf Holiday’s team.
Nelspruit Golf Course Information
- Holes: 18
- Par: 71
- Type: Parklands
- Length Mens: 6082m
- Length Ladies: 5716m
- Pro shop
- Putting green
- Club hire
- Pull trolleys
- Halfway House