Playing Golf at Zimbali – Compleat Golfer course of the month
Complete Golfer Course of the Month – Published on January 25, 2016 (View original article here)
The par-72 championship golf course at Zimbali was designed by internationally-renowned golf course designer and former South African PGA and British Open champion Tom Weiskopf, and makes masterful use of the natural terrain. It has matured into a challenging course that has firmly established itself as a golfer’s dream destination.
Designed with conservation in mind, this cart-only golf course – with its dramatic elevation changes, varying eco-systems and substantial residential areas – can best be described as an enthralling journey through 18 holes.
Boasting spectacular sea views, the course features a mix of open links-like holes on the front nine and tree-lined holes with tranquil water features and beautiful wetland areas on the back nine. Ideal for all levels of golfer, Zimbali offers a variety of tees from which to choose.
The estate has hosted the Gary Player Invitational, the Volvo World Amateur Finals, and has staged the MTN SuperSport Shootout for three consecutive years. The modern yet colonial-style clubhouse is the perfect place to unwind after a challenging day on the course. Designed around an ageing fig tree and framed by the remains of a ruined farmhouse, the country club is fully integrated with the surrounding natural forest. Golf carts, a well-stocked pro shop, a halfway house, putting greens, a driving range, bar and lounge facilities, and impeccable service, along with excellent catering from the on-site Crowned Eagle and Fig Tree restaurants, add to the world-class experience.
Residents and guests can enjoy five-star recreational facilities, including the Valley of the Pools, with panoramic views of the warm Indian Ocean, tranquil lakes and flowing waterfalls. Other facilities include the secluded Zimbali beach, the Bushbuck Pools with waterslides, the Bushbuck Club with a range of children’s amenities, as well as tennis courts, squash courts and kick-about fields.
Situated only 20km north of Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, Zimbali Coastal Resort is perfectly positioned to offer residents and guests the very best of the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. These include some of South Africa’s finest big-five game park experiences, the Drakensberg, the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the International Convention Centre in Durban, world heritage sites, numerous fine golf courses and the largest shopping complex in the southern hemisphere.