Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa

Club Road, Copper St,

Phalaborwa, Limpopo 1390

  • Office

    +27 (0)15 781 3931
  • Fax

    +27 (0)15 781 7740
  • Golf pro

    Sean Pappas

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and Kruger National Park.

  • Designer:

    Robert (Bob) Grimsdell
Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6164
5044
Par
72
72
SSS or slope
72
72

Location

Latitude:

-23.964235

Longitude:

31.166604

How to get there:

225 km N of Nelspruit

From Nelspruit follow the R40 direction White River, then Hazy View, then Acornhoek, then Mica, and finally Phalaborwa (a total of 225 km from Nelspruit). At T-junction just outside Phalaborwa, turn left direction Kruger National Park. Follow signs through Phalaborwa direction Kruger National Park. Turn right at traffic lights into Koper Road (Total garage and Spar supermarket on your right). After 1.6 km turn left direction Hans Merensky. After 1.3 km stop at Hans Merensky gatehouse.

Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1967

Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa: Located right alongside the Kruger Park boundary fence, Hans Merensky is one of the best known and most natural of all South Africa's golf courses. With its own fair share of wildlife to keep the naturalist in you fully satisfied, don't be surprised to see giraffe, zebras, warthogs, impala, monkeys and baboons roaming the fairways. Hippos and crocodile can also be seen in and around some of the water hazards. Notwithstanding the wildlife attractions, this is a very good quality golf course in its own right. Expansively laid out across gently undulating terrain, the good-width, well-maintained fairways are usually flanked by a generous measure of semi-rough, before small trees and bushes take over. Ball-finding from wayward tee-shots is not too much of a problem, but working the ball back through the trees may interfere with a direct shot to the green. The par-3's are all excellent, three of them requiring a shot over water to find the safety of the green. The only other water you'll encounter comes at the par-5 16th, dangerously defending the front of the green. A small number of thatch-roofed bungalows discreetly line a few of the holes, but not to the detriment of the naturalness of the course, or your ability to hit the big timber from the tee. As with its neighbour, the Kruger National Park, there is a feeling of openness and space here at Hans Merensky, and a knowledge that at any point during your round something may wander out of the bushes that's worth getting your camera out for.
List of courses: Kruger Park, S Africa

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: R435.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, SA affiliated and other discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Dr Hans Merensky (1871 - 1952) was South Africa’s most famous prospector and mining geologist; also a great humanitarian; devotee of nature, afforestation and agriculture. In a brilliant career of close on 50 years of active field work, Hans Merensky achieved an international reputation as an outstanding analytical geologist. His major discoveries of platinum, diamonds, chrome, gold and phosphate ores had a major impact on the country's prosperity. >> Han Merensky is also the home of the renowned Pappas family. Leon and Dianne Pappas have been involved with the club over many years, while their sons, Deane, Brendan, Craigen and Sean have variously spread the family name onto the US PGA Tour, as Director of Golf at Muirfield in Columbus, Ohio, and closer to home, directing operations at Hans Merensky.

Where2Stay

  • Hans Merensky Hotel & Estate4-star

    Club Road, Phalaborwa

    +27 (0)15 781 3933

    Visit website
    Very comfortable, air-conditioned and secluded en suite accommodation is offered in thatched chalets situated along the golf course. Each chalet is a short walk from the golf clubhouse. In addition, air-conditioned en suite hotel rooms overlooking the hotel swimming pool offer accommodation closer to the main hotel.
    • Golf at this hotel:

      Hans Merensky

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