In the true spirit of giving back, the Department of Sport and Recreation in Ekurhuleni hosted a golf development clinic as part of a legacy project linked to the South African Open Championship at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Saturday.
George Coetzee produced one of the great rounds in South African Open history when he carded a course record 63 in Saturday’s third round to place him only three strokes off the lead of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.
Merrick Bremner kept his South African Open challenge on track as he finished off his second round within three strokes of the lead of Henrik Stenson at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Saturday.
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate will host the South African Open Championship in 2011 and 2012. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Serengeti is the first 27-hole golf course in Gauteng and was recently named “Best New Golf Course” by Golf Digest.
The 18-hole course called Masai Mara, which means “wide open plains” in the language of the Masai, has a rugged grassland and dune-scape look. One of the unique features on the course is the par-five eighth hole with its island green. The nine-hole course called Whistling Thorn has a more classic feel.
The courses were constructed in accordance with USGA specifications, with cool season grass that provides green vistas all year round. Designed as a strategic and technical masterpiece that will test today’s best players, the sunken design of the course with its wide corridors is ideal for tournament purposes and provides optimal spectator value on almost every hole.