Skukuza Golf Course

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Skukuza is by no means an exceptionally designed course. There are no amazing greens, few bunkers or clever tricks of course design. It is however, truly a unique course which will linger in the memory of any golfer who has played it. An unfenced golf course inside the spectacular Kruger National Park, a wildlife reserve roughly the size of Israel and home to the Big Five of the African Bush, this course is accessible to all the wildlife found in this game reserve. In fact, the sign at the entrance reads “Beware. Dangerous Animals. Enter at Your Own Risk” – and they mean it literally.

You are guaranteed to see warthogs, impala and other small game on the fairways and around the clubhouse – hippo’s and giraffe are often also on the course. You may even see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo – even if you don’t, they may well have seen you on the course. Legends abound about the course. It was once closed for a few days while a large pride of lions feasted on a giraffe they brought down on one of the fairways. A senior ranger once stunned an impala on a fairway with a well-struck drive, only to see a lioness grab the animal as the four ball approached their drives.

Two important tips for the course – don’t act like prey and forget about any balls hit into the deep rough. The course is open to the public.

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