Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate

Serengeti’s wide-open spaces, indigenous grasslands and rehabilitated wetlands bring the magic of the African Bushveld to the city.

Even though it’s located within city limits, the minute you drive onto Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate you are instantly transported out of the city and into the heart of the tranquil African bushveld.

Serengeti’s aim is to offer visitors the very best of international private club experiences while still retaining the accessibility of high-end public facilities. Their friendly and welcoming staff go above and beyond to ensure that every moment you spend on the course is enjoyable and truly memorable.

When playing a round of golf at Serengeti, you are welcomed by the Course Host at the first tee, where the course rules and regulations are explained and your halfway house order is taken to ensure it is freshly prepared and waiting for you on your arrival.

Opened by the Golden Bear himself in 2009, Serengeti is the sixth golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in South Africa and is the first 27-hole signature course in Gauteng. It is already the proud recipient of a number of awards including a Five Star Service Award from Compleat Golfer, and Best New Golf Course in South Africa by Golf Digest. Not yet eligible for Golf Digest’s Top 100 South African Courses, as it is less than three years old, Serengeti is full of promise for a future top position.

Serengeti’s Par 72 championship course played host to the South African Open from 24-27 November 2011 with a strong South African contingent including Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

Masai Mara 18-hole Championship Golf Course

Designed to USGA specifications this strategic and technical masterpiece will test today’s best players. Aesthetically alluring, the cool season fairway grass provides lush green vistas all year round. The rugged grasslands and dunescape bunkers combined with wide corridors and a sunken course design makes it ideal for tournament purposes and provides optimal spectator value at every hole.

Serengeti’s perfectly conditioned course is characterised by its rolling hills and tricky greens. It is a great risk and reward golf course, with the very real possibility of wayward shots landing even seasoned golfers in the sand traps. There is a great combination of short holes, challenging par fives and drivable par fours which guarantee an exciting round for visiting golfers. The greens will probably provide the biggest challenge on the course.

Masai Mara’s signature hole is undoubtedly the breath-taking and challenging par-five 8th hole, with water down it’s right from tee to green, a narrowing fairway and an approach over the water to its island green.

Whistling Thorn 9-hole Golf Course

Whistling Thorn is a 9-hole course which features classic design elements and a plainslike feel.


Serengeti’s 6,500 square meter, contemporary and stylish clubhouse incorporates a variety of facilities including several lounges, bars, two restaurants, banqueting facilities, perfectly appointed locker-rooms, a Golf Academy and Boutique-style Pro Shop.

Taking service to a whole new level, guests are treated to a free draught beer after completion of their round, at the locker-room entrance while their spikes are cleaned.

The Deck Restaurant’s African sunset hues and high wooden ceilings invite diners in for a casual dining experience. The large wooden deck provides panoramic views of the 1st, 10th and 18th holes and also looks out across the driving range as well.

Golf Academy and Practice Facilities

The driving range and practice facilities at Serengeti are the best in South Africa and are definitely on par with world-class standards. There are two generous tee complexes at opposite ends of the 400 meter facility. The teaching facility is staffed by PGA professionals whose experience and coaching skills are complemented by state of the art video equipment. The Academy offers the services of two biokeneticists, a psychologist and a life coach. A fully equipped gym rounds out the fitness training for golfers.

Golf Pro Shop

The golf pro shop offers a wide range of golf apparel and equipment. The Head Professional and his team are available to assist you and can provide valuable advice regarding clubs and store merchandise. They also offer a full workshop doing all club repairs and adjustments. Gift vouchers are also available for purchase.


  • Clubhouse
  • Bar
  • Halfway House
  • Locker Rooms
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Course Information

Course Type: Parklands
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Built: 2009
Course Rating: 18-Hole, Par 72
Course Length:
Club: 6,246 metres
Senior: 5,782m
Ladies: 5,001m
Grass type:
Tees and Greens: Bent-grass
Fairways: Fine Fescue/rye

Club Regulations


  • Collared shirts which must be tucked in at all times
  • Shorts and trousers must be of a tailored style
  • Soft spike golf shoes must be worn
  • Any colour short sock or ankle type sock may be worn
  • No denim jeans
  • No elastic or drawstring waist trousers
  • No Hawaiian style shorts and shirts
  • No slip slops or sandals
  • No football type jumpers and shirts
  • Steel spiked golf shoes
  • Long socks they are to be pulled up at all times
  • No running/sport shoes


  • Tailored shorts, tailored slacks, and tailored ¾ length slacks, skirts
  • Blouses and shirts
  • Ladies are requested to use fashion discretion in the Club at all times
  • No denim jeans

Bar, Lounge and Dining:

  • Smart casual attire to be worn after 18h00
  • Tailored long pants and smart shoes
  • Regular collared shirts or crew neck golf shirts tucked into trousers at all times. Tailored shirts may be worn over trousers
  • No trainers
  • No caps or hats
  • No shorts or slip slops after 18h00
  • No T-shirts or vests at any time
  • No tracksuits


  • As a visitor or member it is critical for your shoes to be cleaned before your round of golf to ensure we eliminate other foreign grasses. A portable foot bath is arranged for this purpose. Poa Annua, common to many golf courses and often considered as “acceptable” turf, is in fact a weed and the Poa seed heads are easily transported underneath golf shoes. We would like to maintain the cool season grass pure on our fairways.

Recommended Accommodation

Additional Activities

  • Art Galleries
  • Craft markets
  • Gold Reef City
  • Guided Tours
  • Johannesburg Zoo
  • Luxury Spas
  • Museums
  • Nature and wildlife tours / excursions
  • Shopping
  • Theatre and entertainment

Experiences Featuring this Course