Last updated: 12th November 2012
The Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate where this week's 102nd South African Open will tee off on Thursday can boast of owning the first 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course in Gauteng.
One of the more than 300 courses Nicklaus has built worldwide, it was opened to great acclaim in 2009 and has all the hallmarks worthy of a course fit enough to host it's nation's oldest and most distinguished Open.
Right now there are only five other Jack Nicklaus courses in South Africa, all of which have reciprocity agreement with Serengeti that allow its members to play these other courses at a special rate. They are: Pecanwood (Northwest Province), Pearl Valley (Western Cape), Simola (Southern Cape), St Francis Links (Eastern Cape) and Houghton (Gauteng).
Serengeti, according to its official website, "Is made up of an 18 hole course, named Masai Mara, which has a rugged grassland and dune-scape look and feel and a nine-hole course, named Whistling Thorn, which features classic design elements and a plains like feel.
Serengeti is the first Golf Club in Gauteng to use cool season grasses which enable the course to remain lush and green throughout the year.
A variety of tee options combined with a careful consideration to daily set-up can either provide the sternest of challenges for your most skilled professionals, or create an ideal environment for new golfers to learn the game.
There are a number of unique features, such as the challenging par five, 8th hole with its Sawgrass-type island green.
Straddling the two golf courses is a multi faceted clubhouse of over 6500 square meters. This venue is not only aesthetically appealing but incorporates a variety of facilities, including several lounges, bars, two restaurants, 'The E18hteen' and 'The Deck', banqueting facilities, and a golf academy, a fitment centre and an excellent pro shop.
Named the "Best New Golf Course (in SA) for 2010" by Golf Digest and given a five star service award by Complete Golfer,in the short space of 18 months from its opening, Serengeti is already ranked as one of the best courses in the country - as it would have to be to qualify as the host club for the SA Open.
Although primarily an estate course, it was designed with characteristics of a stadium course.
It was constructed in accordance with USGA specifications and the sunken design of the course with its wide corridors is ideal for tournament purposes, providing optimal spectator value on almost every hole. Weather shelters and toilet facilities are strategically situated on the course and an engineer designed drainage system allows play to continue without too much delay after a typical Highveld storm.
Serengeti's cool season-grassed playing areas provide a wonderful spectacle, especially against the starkness of a frost-burnt Highveld winter wilderness.
THE COURSE LAYOUT:
You can see the course layout on the club's official website by clicking here
THE ESTATE OVERVIEW
The wall and gated Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate was created especially to give security and the peace and tranquility normally associated with country life a mere 15 km from Johannesburg's busy OR Tambo International Airport.
Its developers sincerely believe that an estate of this size (780 hectares) with all the outstanding facilities it offers including both a fitness and an equestrian centre, office accommodation and shopping facilities as well as a private school will never again become available for residential property development in and around Johannesburg.
They see Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate as "a new city in Gauteng, completely self-contained and secure, with everything inside its perimeter that discerning owners and their families desire".
With a design vision that embraces a sense of wide open spaces, there is room to breathe and with many families already living on Serengeti, the Estate is maturing into a suburb with a true sense of community.
For more information on the residential estate itself, contact 0861 396 396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family owned and operated 'The Yard at Serengeti' equestrian centre, founded by Charmaine Gardner, is set to open in July next year and will offers top quality facilities for full stabling and riding. Skilled staff will be available to train individuals or groups.
The following will be available
- 96 Stables with secure tack rooms (you can book your stable now)
- Individual herd paddocks
- 2 dressage, 1 Derby and 1 Jumping arena
- Convenient wash bays (hot and cold water) and qualified grooms
- A tack shop, coffee shop and up-market Club house
- A resident Vet and Clinic
- Adult sun set riding
- A SANEF qualified instructor or an International instructor (on request)
- Lunging & schooling of horses
The golf club offers a wide variety of memberships with one-off joining fees that currently range from 'No joining fee for Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate property owners' to R11,400 for non-property owners to R22,800 for a Platinum Corporate membership.
For more information on this subject you should contact Francis Keyter by telephone on 083 406 0036 or by e-mail to email@example.com
For 18 holes:
School-going members: R60 on weekdays only
Members Guests: R315
Affiliated visitors: R495
Non-affiliated visitors: R675
Golf car hire (with GPS and bottled water): R250
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