The beautiful city of Kimberley situated in the Northern Cape, South Africa, is internationally known for its diamond producing capacity and speaking of gems, the Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate can be considered as the hidden gem of the Northern Cape boasting a world class 18 hole golf course built to USGA standards.
Nestled less than 50 kilometres from Kimberley is a place called Modder River, which is home to this ever scenic private golf course designed by John and Craig Edwards which was officially opened in 2007.
Magersfontein Golf Course
Magersfontein offers a bit for everyone with a slightly easier front 9 than back 9. Some of the holes are bordered by the beautiful houses on the estate while other holes have the Modder River bordering it. Most of the holes on back 9 are more open with less trees and shrubbery.
- Some wildlife on the course
- Beautiful landscapes
- 4 Star Hotel Accommodation, Restaurant and Spa
- Driving Range
- MMGC is a private course
- To play, one must either be a home-owner, a member, play with a member, stay at the Cygnature Lodge or partake in a golf day
- Green fees range from $6 for a 9 hole and up to $20 for a full 18 hole experience
- Carts are hired out separately and ranger from between $8-$16
- The course is open 7 days week
Pace Of Play
- Due to it being a private course, the pace of play is generally quite fast on most days, approximately 4 hours to complete a 18 hole.
- Carts are not mandatory, but the green to tee walks are quite long on some of the holes, but if you are fit enough, do yourself a favour and take a walk on this beautiful landscape, there are breath-taking views to behold, you will not regret it!
Course Par and Overall Yardage
|Par||Red (Ladies)||White (Men)||Blue (Seniors)|
|Course Details||Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate|
|Address||PModder River (Kimberley), 8700, South Africa|
|Tel No.||+27 53 581 9000|
|Course Architect||John and Craig Edwards|
|Golf Director||Schalk Botha|
Magersfontein Detailed Review
The Magersfontein Memorial Golf Estate opened up in 2007 and at that time was open to all, it is only over the past 4 years that the club has gone private in an effort to maintain its prestigious status which indeed it is.
Along with the USGA approved golf course, the estate boasts modern day mansions surrounding the golf course along with a decadent Cygnature Boutique Lodge and the Cygnature Restaurant which serves up delightful meals as well as a rejuvenating Mini Spa to really relax in the splendour of this intriguing setting!
To wet the appetite even more, a new professional gyming facility will be opening soon on the estate.
The course itself has been designed with a few water hazards, some challenging bunkers and some game changing slopes to test even the best of golfers so there is very small room for error.
The course has been to home a number of Sanlam Cancer Golf Challenges over the past few years.
Those who enjoy a bit of wildlife will appreciate the resident swans and springbuck that regularly make brief appearances on the course.
As previously mentioned, there is a driving range on the estate for pre-match warm-ups or if you just want to hit a few balls on the odd afternoon. Carts are also available for hire should you opt for quicker play!
The Parklands type golf course is 6365m in length made up of Cynodon grass on its fairways and Bent grass on its greens. The course offers a traditional mix of Par 3s, 4s and 5s.
Hole 1 is a par 5 of 453m and is one of the more challenging holes on the front 9 nine, this intimidating hole is then followed by a far less challenging Par 3 at the second measuring 214m from tee to pin. Hole 3 is then the last Par 5 on the front 9, the rest are then very manageable Par 4s with just one more straight forward Par 3 on the 6th measuring only 109m.
The first 2 holes of the Back 9 that is Hole 10 and 11 are quite straight forward but becomes a bit more challenging from Hole 12 to Hole 15 where one encounters the most difficult hole on the course which is the Par 4 14th followed by another difficult encounter at Hole 15.
The last 3 holes are not as challenging but are also not to be taken lightly.
It is important to note that some of the holes are rather flat and are easier to contend with than those which are sloped leaving you in quite a predicament as you will not necessarily find your ball where it landed because if it catches a slope, you will look for it a bit longer
he course is well maintained throughout the year, obviously a bit greener during the warmer months but always a pleasure to play on.
The course can sometimes be a bit wet under foot depending on how early in the morning you tee off. It dries up a bit more later on in the morning.
The greens are superb and the bunkers are always well maintained.
Because the course is comparatively shorter, the course is suited for golfers of all levels but at the same time, it offers enough resistance to the more skilled golfer which gives it a good balance of ‘easy enough to play’ yet ‘challenging enough to falter.’
The fairways are broad which allows for enough forgiveness and the greens are reachable and make for good putting opportunities.
On some holes, the rough will punish you for your bad shot but in general but there are enough forgiving holes on the course to make up for it.
The entire estate provides a great experience, it is access controlled so safety is definitely a priority for the estate.
The 4 Star Cygnature Lodge and Restaurant gives the estate that added value while the Mini-Spa adds to its intended sophistication.
While it does have a driving range, it is not a very big one! It also lacks a putting green, a chipping green and a greenside bunker for the purposes of warming up before teeing off which would be a bit of frustration for some.
There was a Pro Shop previously on the premises but that is sadly a thing of the past. The only items currently for sale are some golf balls and tees.
On the up side again, there is the probability of a professional gymnasium being built on the estate in the very near future which will further entice increased membership.
The most enticing and intriguing hole on the golf course is definitely the Par 5 1st hole, it is both intimidating and achievable in the same breath.
On the right side of this hole is some of the exquisite houses on the estate which you will try your very best to steer clear of. If your tee shot is a good one, the par is always on.
Least Favourite Hole
This would have to be the Par 4 Hole 5 which is a tricky hole to say the least and probably one of the few holes which allows little room for error.
It is one of the narrower fairways on the course with a number of fairway bunkers leading up to the green on the left and a lot of rough on the right hand side. There are a number of green-side bunkers which makes the green a bit more challenging to reach.
Well this would certainly be the Par 4 14th measuring 404m from tee to pin and that would be straight over the mass of water which is the signature feature on this rather daunting hole.
Best to play it safe and go the longer route around to give you a better chance of saving par but I suppose bogeying the most difficult hole on the golf course will not be the worst outcome and you will be forgiven for erring! It is human after all.