Mbombela Golf Club

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

About the course

  • The Course:

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

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Robert "Bob" Grimsdell. Upgraded by Peter Matkovich in 1999.

SSS or slope






How to get there:

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

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1928

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.

List of courses: Kruger Park, S Africa


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes (all days): R550 (non-affiliated); R430 (SA-affiliated).

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2022].

Other information

Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available; a minimum of one caddie should accompany each four-ball flight.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

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.

Published ranking

59th best course in South Africa (SA Top 100 website, 2022).


  • Matumi Golf Lodge5-star

    Matumi Golf Estate, Nelspruit

    +27 (0)13 755 4993

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Mbombela (Nelspruit)

    • Golf within 10 km:


    • Golf within 30 km:

      White River

  • Town Lodge Nelspruit4-star

    Cnr General Dan Pienaar & Koorsboom Streets, off N4, Nelspruit

    +27 (0)13 741 1444

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 10 km:

      Mbombela (Nelspruit)

    • Golf within 30 km:

      White River

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