Leopard Creek Country Club

5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   Leopard Creek Country Club Est. 1996

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Leopard Creek Country Club: Located alongside the Crocodile River, with the southern edge of the vast Kruger National Park stretching away on the opposite bank, Leopard Creek is both spectacular and wonderfully scenic. Playing the course is one of the best golfing experiences in South Africa.

Elevation changes, excellent bunkering, fast and true greens and no end of water hazards all contribute to the golfing challenges of this Gary Player-designed masterpiece. At the downhill par-5 9th all the essential elements of a great golf hole come together, with an island green spicing up the risk-reward character of the hole. The parallel par-4 18th, also played downhill to a water-protected green, is another absolute belter. Here the final outcome of a match or tournament can hang in the balance all the way down to the final putt.

The relatively open aspect of the front-nine, gives way to some hillier climbs on the back-nine that provide the opportunity to take-in many stunning views. Perhaps the best vista of all comes at the 13th green. Here you look down onto a wide sweep of the Crocodile River, where crocs and hippos provide an always engaging and dramatic scene.

With its magnificent thatched clubhouse and a leopard statue at every tee-box, Leopard Creek guarantees a sumptuous and unforgettably African golf experience. Even more so if you are one of the lucky few (in fact, very few) to catch a glimpse of the resident leopard. To tour the Royal Sydney course click on the video below.

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Making Contact

Leopard Creek Country Club
Malelane Gate,
Malelane, Mpumalanga 1320
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)13 791 2000
Pro Shop   +27 (0)13 791 2000

  +27 (0)13 790 3334

Website   www.leopardcreek.co.za
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb, especially on the back-nine.
Surroundings: Woodland and bushveld
Designer: Gary Player
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6692 6047 5027
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 74 71 71
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How2Get There?

65km E of Nelspruit
From Nelspruit take the N4 heading east. After 60 km take the Malelane Gate turn-off, and follow signs to Leopard Creek.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee (local lodge guests), 18-holes: R4,000. Golf cart included. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
Leopard Creek is a private club. Lodge guests (staying at selected local lodges; see Leopard Creek website for listing) can book to play on weekdays and weekends.  Must book through Lodge at which resident. No outside visitor play available. Handicap required
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Predominantly white socks must be worn to accompany shorts.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Leopard Creek is the creation of Johann Peter Rupert, one of South Africa's most successful business tycoons and committed conservationists. Since its opening, Leopard Creek has become a revered and established name throughout the golfing world. It has already hosted many top level tournaments, attracting the world's best players (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Leopard Creek).

The sculptures at each tee box are the work of Dillon Lewis and stunningly depict "A Day in the Life of a Leopard". In addition to a course map, it would be more than a little interesting if you also had access to a Hollywood style star-map, to spot who owns the relatively small number of fabulous course-side properties.

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Published Ranking
2016 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 2nd best course of the 450 courses in South Africa.
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Latitude: (-25.441899)
Longitude: (31.533122)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Buhala Lodge 4-star
off the N4, Malelane, 1320 Mpumalanga.
+27 (0)82 909 5941

Located on the banks of the Crocodile River and bordering Kruger National Park, Buhala Lodge features elegant rooms, an outdoor pool and open deck spa. Many of the elegantly decorated rooms and suites feature verandahs offering views out onto the Crocodile River and across to Kruger National Park.

Golf at this hotel No
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Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve 4-star
PO Box 192, Hectorspruit, Mpumalanga
+27 (0)13 792 6700

Meaning "place of the rock" in the local Swazi tongue, Kwa Madwala, a 4000 hectare private game reserve, lies on the southern side of Kruger National Park and is home to the fabulous Manyatta Rock Camp. Comfort comes as standard along with elegant African touches and commanding views over the surrounding bush from this stunning hilltop location. A place to enjoy "big five" game viewing experiences and soak up the tranquility of this unique hilltop camp.

Golf at this hotel No
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