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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Course Type: Parklands
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Course Rating: 18-Hole, Par 72
Club: 6,246 metres
Tees and Greens: Bent-grass
Fairways: Fine Fescue/rye
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