Hans Merensky Golf Course
Voted the best walking course in South Africa, the fairways at the Hans Merensky Hotel and Spa also benefit from an incredible location that means bushland spectators are not unusual. The spectacular Kruger National Park borders the course with elephants and antelopes often seen ambling around the green spaces while hippos and crocodiles sometimes add an extra element to water hazards.
Hans Merensky was a German geologist who made his fortune in South Africa in the search for platinum, diamonds and coppers. The resort named for him pays tribute to the wealth created locally from his discoveries, particularly in the nearby former mining town of Phalaborwa, now a tourism centre.
The Hans Merensky Hotel and Spa © Limpopo Tourism Agency
Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate
The 18-hole championship course at Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate is South Africa’s first ladies signature course. It's the first-ever design by the legendary Annika Sorenstam, the female golfer with the most wins to her name. Set in the Waterberg, a mountainous Unesco Biosphere Reserve of outstanding natural beauty, the course has a river running through it and a clubhouse with spectacular sunset views over the African bush.
Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate © Limpopo Tourism Agency
Elements Private Golf Reserve
Elements takes similar advantage of the beautiful landscape of the Waterberg, with its course winding its way down a wooded valley that holds a small lake. Designer Peter Matkovich believes golf is about more than just the score and players will find a course that uses its natural setting and plentiful water to attract wildlife and create a sense of wonder. It's no wonder really, that it's been voted one of the top 10 golf courses in South Africa.
Sunrise over the Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo Province © Jandrie Lombard / Shutterstock
Zebula Golf Estate and Spa
Zebula is also in the Waterberg and laid out by Peter Matkovitch. While the philosophy remains the same as Matkovitch's vision for Elements, its design is very different. It’s a flat course where wide fairways are lined with indigenous trees with challenges coming from bunkers and water hazards. This open layout makes it much easier to spot the local wildlife, and the Zebula Clubhouse is an outstanding place to enjoy an amazing African sunset.
Other activities on offer range from tennis and squash to fishing and horseback safaris, not to mention the nearby spa town of Bela Bela.
Zebras grazing at Entabeni in Waterberg © B.Forenius / Shutterstock
Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate
Koro Creek's 18-hole championship course runs right into a nature reserve, allowing golfers to see plenty of wildlife as they play. The course itself is deceptively easy and many visitors think it is underrated for its challenges, particularly once you hit the greens. The resort is decidedly family-friendly and it's situated just 90mins from Pretoria. Alongside golf, horse riding is a popular attraction at the resort.
Springbok on a golf course in Limpopo © Jaco van Rensburg / Shutterstock
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Created in partnership with The Limpopo Tourism Agency. The mandate of the LTA is to promote, foster and develop tourism to and within the Limpopo Province. A region of infinite scenic beauty with a great diversity of both natural and man-made attractions, rich cultural heritage and an abundance of wildlife.
Feature image: Golf course in Limpopo © Limpopo Tourism Agency