Hartbeespoort is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa and its golf courses are regarded among the top courses in the country. Nestled among the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range and along the Hartbeespoort Dam, the variety of golf courses all offer scenic beauty, and in some cases even game encounters, making it the perfect escape for golfers. The golf courses in Hartbeespoort and surrounds range from prestigious golfing destinations to Mashie courses and driving ranges.
An eagle eye on golfing in Hartbeespoort
It is a favourite destination for golfers from all over the country. It also boasts the first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in South Africa at the Pecanwood Estate. Most of the golf courses are situated on luxury estates, an ideal investment for golfers looking for a permanent or weekend home in beautiful Hartbeespoort. Hartbeespoort has much to offer, and so does its golf courses.
The grass is greener over here
Pecanwood Estate, situated on the banks of Hartbeespoort Dam and nestled in the rolling hills of the picturesque Magaliesberg Mountains, is home to South Africa’s first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Pecanwood is a five-star experience and has all the golf facilities offered by world class resorts.
Magalies Park, a popular time-share resort nestled between the Hartbeespoort Dam and the Magaliesberg Mountain, boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course of over 6 000 m. Strategically placed low lying trees have taken the place of traditional bunkers, providing interesting new alternatives to the game.
Mooinooi Golf Course
Situated just outside Brits, the course at Mooinooi Golf Club is a sportly 9-hole layout with 2 tees, allowing players to play 18 holes. It boast a lovely greens layout in a scenic setting. Mooinooi has some of the finest kikuyu fairways in South Africa and its Bent grass greens are always in magnificent condition.
Arrows Rest Golf
Arrows Rest offers a wide range of facilities for outdoor adventures, including a golf driving range and putting green with a 9-hole Mashie course with 18 tees. It also offers professional golf coaching and ladies and beginners golf programmes.
Sandy Lane Golf
Sandy Lane Golf Club is a nine-hole golf recreational facility set along the northern banks of Hartbeespoort Dam. Although short, the nine-hole parkland golf course is the ideal weekend getaway for the average golfer by offering a venue for a quick, scenic, round of golf that will test any average golfer’s skills.
Pecanwood Golf and Country Club is a legend of South African golf and one of five Jack Nicklaus designed signature courses in the country. Situated on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam this course has been carefully crafted to test your skills to the full. The fairways are generous and inviting and the Crenshaw bent grass greens are immaculate all year round. Although the course is flat, there are high mounds, carefully crafted water features and strategically placed bunkers that have been set amid the scenic mountain surrounds and vast expanses of water to create a challenging and interesting golf experience. The signature hole is the beautiful par 3, 13th hole that plays alongside the dam to a green flanked on both sides by bunkers. The Pecanwood Golf and Country Club is a five star experience and has all the golf facilities offered by world-class resorts including a driving range, pro shop and 3 practice greens.
The Magalies Park Golf Course enjoys a tranquil setting on the edge of the Hartbeespoort Dam in South Africa’s North West Province. Long crisp green fairways melt into the surrounding hills and slip into the water’s edge with the grace of a ballerina. The championship 18-hole course was designed by Loutjie van Aswegen and measures in at just over 6000m. Three different tee options have been made available to cater to a host of golfing abilities and players will find the course as enjoyable as its surroundings. Strategically placed low lying trees have taken the place of traditional bunkers here at Magalies Park providing interesting new alternatives to the game and as ever, water comes in play on a number of occasions Don’t let the tranquillity fool you however, this course will test you yet, especially on the 8th and 12th holes.
Visitors will be pleased to know that play at Magaliespark is open to the public. However, it is highly recommended that you book your hotel or accommodation in Hartbeespoort and your tee-off times ahead to avoid disappointment. Facilities include a bar, restaurant, tennis court, volleyball court, swimming pools, billiard tables, fi shing, giant chess, cricket, yacht club, bowling, hot air ballooning, boating, water-skiing, horse riding, gym and locker rooms.
One of the finest nine-hole facilities in the country, Mooinooi Golf Club is situated in the mining town of the same name near Rustenburg in the North West Province. The course was developed in 1972 by the Platinum Mine that also owns the course as a sporting facility. Thanks to recycled water used in the mining process, Mooinooi has some of the finest Kikuyu fairways in the whole of South Africa and its Bent grass greens are almost always in magnificent condition. These lush conditions ensure that the course is seldom overpowered by long hitters, keeping it a fair test for all golfers. The toughest hole on the course is the par four 3rd (and 12th) which is just on 420 meters from the championship tees, but like so many holes on this beautiful course, there is a real premium on accuracy from the tee. A river runs all the way up the right side, while thick thorn trees and a fairway bunker protect the left side, demanding a well-placed tee shot if you are to have clear shot to the green which is tucked slightly below the approach and to the left among the trees on the left. To add to its trickiness, it is well bunkered left and long. Make a par here and you have passed all the tests the hole can set. The 4th (13th) is a delightful par three that is played over water to a green that slopes quite severely from back to front – you don’t want to belong with your tee shot as you’ll face a tricky downhill chip which is not fo the faint-hearted. The 8th (17th) is a relatively easy par five, but again it really depends on the placement of your drive. Favor the right side of the fairway and the longer hitters will have a clear shot to the green, which is narrow, two-tiered and well-bunkered both left and right. Get it right and you should have a reasonable easy birdie attempt, but get it wrong here and a scorecard-wrecking double bogey is just as much a possibility. The finishing hole is a dogleg right par four, which is also no pushover. Again a well placed drive is the key to an easier approach and a strong finish. As can be expected from a small-town nine-hole facility, visitors are warmly welcomed by the friendly and helpful locals. Combine that with a fine layout, which is nearly always presented in top condition and you have the makings of a not-to-be-missed golfing experience. Put it on your must-play list if you are going anywhere near Sun City.
Sandy Lane Golf Course is a nine-hole course (18 tees) that provides a challenge for both low and high handicappers alike. Having narrow fairways and difficult water hazards, this course tests all ranges, and skill sets of golfers. The greens regularly are very speedy for all golfing talents. The green on the signature par three 5th hole is surrounded by water making the hole quite astonishing when having a fear of losing balls! Water hazards guard 16 holes, so a welcome supply of balls is advised. The course has many significant scenic appearances and the atmosphere of the dam and nature surrounding it, gives Sandy Lane the essence of feeling relaxed whilst playing a round of golf. The Golf course is being maintained by Ingadi Group, which assures that the greens and course are conditioned to other courses within the area. The golfing committee, responsible for the upkeep, branding, special events and annual events consists of Detlev Duve (Chairman), Grant Matthews (Men Club Captain), Sanet Van der Merwe (Ladies Representative) and Niall Atherton (Finance), making up the Golf Committee. Annual membership rates are very reasonable and we welcome new players to our course.