Matumi Golf Estate, Wilhelm St,
Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mpumalanga 1200
Office+27 (0)13 744 0952
Pro shop+27 (0)13 744 0958
Fax+27 (0)13 744 3660
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
Robert "Bob" Grimsdell. Upgraded by Peter Matkovich in 1999.
3 km E of Mbombela (Nelspruit).
In the business centre of Mbombela (Nelspruit), at traffic lights next to ABSA building, leave the N4 and head south on Ferreira Street. After approx 2.3 km turn left into Wilhelm Street (at the El Madre Cafe). After o.5 km you will arrive at the Matumi Golf Estate gatehouse. Turn right after gatehouse and follow road to golf club parking.
Mbombela Golf Club (formerly called Nelspruit GC): located on the Matumi Golf Estate, Mbombela creates an excellent first impression. The impressive view from the clubhouse casts the eye across to partly wooded hills on the other side of the wide Crocodile River valley. Farther north lie distant mountain peaks.
The golf course, which gently shelves away from the clubhouse into the valley, may at first glance appear as a relatively easy-going, classical parkland layout. However, the long and very tough opening par-4 (stroke index 1) and downhill par-5 second should correct any thoughts you may have of a record-breaking score.
The early front-nine holes and all of the back-nine present a variety of golfing challenges, including some occasionally tight tee-shots and approaches, wonderful carries over ravines at the par-3s, and plenty of elevation changes. Only the closing section of the front-nine occupies that rather classical, gently sloping parkland you espied from the clubhouse.
Although the lure of Leopard Creek or Hans Merensky (3 hours north) may be your ultimate golfing target in this Kruger Park area, try to create time to play this excellent course at Nelspruit, and learn more of the legend of Jock of the Bushveld (see Did You Know section below).
Pick of the holes: among many excellent golf holes, the par-3 6th is a gem, requiring an accurate carry over a wide ravine, with the river below. The plunging par-5 14th, played from an elevated tee, is another dramatic and potential card-wrecking hole.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2022].
Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available; a minimum of one caddie should accompany each four-ball flight.
Jock of the Bushveld, South Africa's best known (canine) literary figure, provides Mbombela GC with its emblem. Jock, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, accompanied Sir Percy Fitzpatrick on his travels through the Transvaal in the 1880s. Their adventures were later described by Sir Percy in his best-selling book, Jock of the Bushveld, which was published in 1907. In May every year, Mbombela hosts the "Jock of the Bushveld" amateur tournament, a week long event that attracts golfers from around the globe.
Many varieties of trees are liberally dotted around this parkland course, including marula trees, from which the liqueur Amarula comes. Mahogany and fig trees also feature strongly, as well as the aptly named sausage tree.
59th best course in South Africa (SA Top 100 website, 2022).
Matumi Golf Estate, Nelspruit
+27 (0)13 755 4993Visit website
Matumi Golf Lodge is situated in the tranquil and secure environment of the Matumi Golf Estate, just 3km from the center of Mbombela (Nelspruit). It provides an ideal base for your stay in Mpumalanga, South Africa's province of the rising sun. The Lodge provides luxury accommodation right alongside the golf course.
Cnr General Dan Pienaar & Koorsboom Streets, off N4, Nelspruit
+27 (0)13 741 1444Visit website
The 106-room hotel is situated in a lovely garden with rolling lawns and a swimming pool. It is centrally located close to restaurants, just off the N4 motorway, 30 minutes from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and 2 minutes from Mbombela (Nelspruit)’s CBD.
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