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Serengeti Signature Golf Course Review

Updated on June 30, 2019

Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the Signature golf course lies at the heart of the Serengeti Estate.

Situated just 16km from OR Tambo International Airport, this championship golf course will provide a stern and unique challenge to golfers of all skill levels.

See: Best Golf Courses in South Africa

Serengeti Signature Golf Course


  • Tough but rewarding holes.
  • Immaculate conditioning of the course.
  • Excellent service from staff.


  • Serengeti is open to all golfers whether it is your first round or whether you’re a seasoned professional.
  • Members have the added benefit of enjoying discounts on all food and beverages, and discounts on any purchases made from the pro shop.
  • Green fees range from $61-$77 with the cheaper rate being for a round in the week and the latter for a round over the weekend.
  • This green fee includes: 18 Holes, Complimentary Post Round Drink, Bottle of Water, Pre-Round Practice, Compulsory golf cart.

Pace Of Play

  • Golf carts are mandatory which will leave many players thankful that they won’t have to walk the long distance between green and tee.
  • Pace of play is generally quite slow in South Africa so allow at least 4:30 hours for 18 holes.

Course Par and Overall Yardage

  • 72 par.
  • 6830 Yards.
  • Quick Facts




    Serengeti Estates, Kempton Park, 1530.


    +27 (0)11 552 7200


    Course Architect

    Jack Nicklaus

    Course Video

    Serengeti Signature Golf Course: Detailed Review

    Serengeti Estates is home to one of only five courses in South Africa designed by Jack Nicklaus and is part of a 300-strong network of golf courses throughout the world that carry the Nicklaus name.

    Since its opening in 2009, the Signature Golf Course has had a reputation for being the gold standard for golf in South Africa. It provides golfers with a total golf experience and features pristine evergreen fairways and bent grass tee-boxes all rolling between rugged grasslands.

    The extensive practice facilities along with the challenging, yet rewarding nature of the golf course, provides golfers of all skills with the complete and unique golfing experience that is hard to find at many other places.

    It has played host to the 2011 and 2012 SA Open Championship, as well as the Serengeti Tour Championship and the Serengeti Pro-Am Invitational in 2018 and 2019.

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    Par 4, 18th hole at Signature golf course- Serengeti


    Measuring just 6245 metres (6830 yards) off the members’ tee-boxes, this golf course is relatively short by modern standards. The golf course features a mix of ten par 4’s along with four par 5’s and four par 3’s. Course management is a skill that this golf course often requires as it features a few driveable holes and risky approach shots.

    The shorter par 4’s are interspersed with bunkers or water hazards that provide an additional challenge to the tee shot or approach shot. Although the fairways are quite wide, the rough can be quite thick and difficult to manage so driving the ball in the fairway is integral for a good score.

    The par 5’s, like most courses, provide a great mix of holes that reward players for taking on risky shots. This is most evident on the par 5, eighth hole, which features water down the righthand side of the fairway and an island green.

    The par 3’s provide a stern challenge with the shortest par 3 requiring a long carry over water. The longer par 3’s feature some elevation changes with some water hazards or deep bunkers. Navigating these four holes well is important for most players to complete a good round.


    The highlight of this golf course is the immaculate manicuring and excellent condition of the tees, fairways and greens.

    The signature golf course boasts beautiful trimmings which just adds to the overall golfing experience and makes it truly feel like you are getting what you pay for. The practice facilities are in excellent condition all year round.


    Although this golf course boasts some relatively short holes, the strategic placing of fairway bunkers, the occasional water hazard along with the exposed nature of the golf course makes it a challenging experience for golfers of any level when the wind picks up.

    The golf course boasts generous fairways which rewards good driving with an emphasis on a good approach shot to the massive greens as an errant shot can sometimes lead to difficult putts.


    With the introduction of an 18-hole par 3 championship course in the estate, this Golf course boasts a place for golfers to refine certain aspects of their game while being able to play 18 holes in about an hour.

    Players have access to a state-of-the-art practice facility. The practice facilities include: a full-length driving range, chipping greens with practice bunkers and a putting green. The facilities remain in exquisite condition all year round.

    Players in need of some fine tuning have access to world class golf coaches at the Serengeti Estates Golf Academy.

    The pro shop is stocked with a wide variety of high-quality apparel. The pro shop is run by PGA Professionals who can provide you with excellent service and advice.

    Favourite Hole

    The signature 8th hole is a favourite of many golfers that frequent this golf course. This picturesque par 5 provides a stern test off the fairway with a tight tee shot to a fairway guarded by a bunker on the left and water to the right.

    A good tee shot sets up a risky second shot into the relatively large island green otherwise, a lay-up and short pitch into the green provides players with a good birdie opportunity.

    The risk and reward factor of this hole along with the stunning scenery always leaves people talking about this hole.

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    Par 5, 8th hole at Signature golf course- Serengeti

    Least Favourite Hole

    Measuring 360m (393 yards) off the tee, the first hole provides an easy but rather lacklustre introduction to the Signature golf course. Apart from a few fairways bunkers this hole is lacking a unique feature that makes many of the other holes on the golf course memorable.

    Toughest Hole

    The stroke 1, 18th hole is the hole that many golfers find to be the toughest. A relatively long par 4 measuring 403m (440 yards) off the club tees, provides a beautiful finish to the round.

    Even after a good tee shot, the approach shot can be quite intimidating with water on the left of the green and people watching from the balcony of the club house.

    A good approach shot provides players with the opportunity to make a par in front of the crowd.

    About the author 

    Paul Bradshaw

    Paul hit his first golf shot at the age of 5, and from that point on was immediately hooked. He went on to become one of the leading amateurs in South Africa, securing a full golf scholarship with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Turning professional in 2004, Paul played extensively on the Sunshine Tour and co-sanctioned European Tour events. Paul is our lead editor at Golf Assessor.

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