Golf enthusiasts can pick from a number of top golf courses.

Locally, the Drakensig golf course is right on your doorstep and not too far away you can tee off at the signature Hans Merensky golf course.
If you are heading to the Kruger, don’t miss the opportunity to play a round at Skukuza, the only golf course inside the Kruger National Park.

A bit further, 2 golf experiences that cannot be missed if you are a serious golfer : Leopard Creek & The Legend Golf & Safari. Leopard Creek is ranked number 2 among the top golf courses of South Africa. At the Legend, don’t miss the opportunity to play the Extreme 19th, the highest and longest par 3 in the world! The tee is accessed only via helicopter.

Teeing off at these magnificent facilities is a real treat.

4 km / 8 mnDrakensig Golf Club

Drakensig Golf Club is a precious 9/18 hole golf course (different tees) and is situated in the Air Force Base in Hoedspruit. The clubhouse faces down the 18th and the skyline is flanged by the Drakensberg Mountain Range.

Drakensig is known for the abundance of different types of trees and the exquisite bird life. There are also many different species of animals roaming around freely on the course.

Drakensig Golf Club – P.O. Box 585 – Hoedspruit – 1380

+27 15 799 2071

80 km / 1hHans Merensky

Located just outside of Phalaborwa and bordering on the Kruger National Park, the Hans Merensky Golf Course is an another delight of a course to have emerged from the rich lands of Limpopo.

The legendary Bob Grimsdell designed this Par 72 championship with his usual flair for the Parkland layout. The course is a visual masterpiece and the resident wildlife of Giraffe, Hippo and Crocodiles adds a safari element to the game that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

The course has recently been voted the best walking course in South Africa and received the Diamond Arrow Award for being the highest rated course in Limpopo. Both are indeed excellent achievements when you consider the competition they face in South Africa.

The course itself has been kept in immaculate condition with special attention paid to the Bayview greens. It measures in at 6549m and gladly welcome visitors every day of the week.

Facilities include: Bars, Pro Shop, Club hire, Caddies, Buggy Hire, Driving Range, Putting Green, Halfway House, Lockers, Accommodation, Conference facilities and more.

This is truly an outstanding course and we encourage a trip out to experience golfing magic. Just don’t attempt to retrieve any balls lying too close to the waters edge!

This world famous golf course that is home to a wide variety of game and over 200 species of birds.

3 Copper Street, Phalaborwa, 1390

+27 15 781 3931

140 km / 2h15Skukuza Golf Club

Skukuza Golf Course is the only Kruger Park golf course located in the park itself. It is a 72par, nine-hole, 18-tee course on the road to Paul Kruger Gate. Built originally in 1972, it is now open to the public.

The course is as close-to-nature as you’ll get with beautiful bushveld trees, wonderful bird life and views over Lake Panic. The course is not fenced in so a round of golf often provides wildlife sightings.

A lion once killed a buffalo on the first green and on another occasion, a honeymoon couple’s golf game was interrupted by a pack of wild dogs chasing an impala across the course. Parks staff, however, do keep an eye on the area to keep dangerous animals away, and no golfers have ever been harmed by wild animals.

The park staff has an eye on the area to keep away dangerous game. Nonetheless, an indemnity form must be signed before teeing off.

Kruger National Park, Skukuza, 1350, South Africa

+27 13 735 5543

Closed Mondays | Tee off times between 07h00 and 11h00, Sundays to Fridays.

A bit further...

But not to be missed if you are a serious golfer !

220 km / 3hLeopard Creek

The Leopard Creek Golf Course is, hands down, South Africa’s best wildlife / safari golfing experience and is ranked number 2 in the Golf Digest list of the best courses of South Africa. The course actually borders the Kruger National Park, separated by nothing less than the carving crocodile river.

When you imagine a golf course in this habitat it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the grounds are just as scrubby and arid as its lowveld surroundings but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, Johann Rupert and his team have spared no cost in creating one of the lushest and indeed finest playing surfaces in the country.

The emerald green surfaces and white sculpted bunkers are naturally protected from the resident wildlife through innovative architecture and landscaping. That said, hazards at Leopards Creek certainly take on a new meaning with sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and elephant being all too common. A dream for the safari enthusiast!

Leopard Creek is another of the Gary Player designed courses and the old master chose to go with a parklands layout measuring in at 6665m. Fairways are coated in a svelte Kikuyu and the greens with Bent. Player is particularly fond of his 18th that ends off with an island green as well as the 9th that includes a peninsula green.

Visitors are limited as the course is primarily reserved for members and guests, however limited booking through selected Lodges in the area are allowed (see Lodging page on their website for further information).

The facilities are absolutely of the highest standard and include a clubhouse that will leave memorable views over the course and the Kruger National Park.

 Note: Leopard Creek Country Club will close for re-design in October 2017 for approximately 6 months.

Kruger National Park, Malelane Gate, Malelane, 1320, South Africa

+27 13 791 2000

320 km / 3h40Legend Golf & Safari

The golf experience at Legend Golf & Safari Resort is nothing short of exceptional!

In the heart of the resort is the championship 18 hole Signature Course, where each hole was designed by 18 of the world`s top golfers.

The 9 hole Tribute Course pays homage to some of the greatest golf holes around the world, incl. one each from Augusta and St Andrews Old Course.


The Extreme 19th is the longest and highest Par 3 in the world. An extreme helicopter flip takes you to the tee box from where you play down 400m towards a green in the shape of Africa.

Haakdoring Rd, Lympopo, Sterkrivier, 0560, South Africa

If you are planning to go to The Legend with your plane, you can download the pilot information below.