Leopard Creek Country Club

Malelane, South Africa

Since opening in 1996, this private club has consistently been rated as the best in South Africa – no mean feat in a golf-crazy country which boasts over 500 courses.  The course lies along the Crocodile River, the southern border of the Kruger National Park, premier game reserve in the country. Here you will hear the sounds of the hippos in the river, see the crocodiles on the banks of some of the water hazards and a variety of game in the area. The course was designed by Gary Players and although private, does allow a limited number of visitors.

The club hosts the Alfred Dunhill Cup annually and the 9th and 18th have become familiar sights via television coverage of the event. Both greens share the water feature directly in front of the imposing thatched clubhouse. The 9th is a peninsula green jutting into the water, while the 18th finishes on an island green. The 18th is the signature hole, a pulpit tee box plays to a downhill fairway flanked by bunker left and a stream on the right. Some big hitters may go for the green in two, but a long carry over the lake and a perfect line is required to reach the island green. Whatever your score, this is likely to be a memorable round of golf.

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