The Legend Golf & Safari Resort presents a world first, namely a championship golf course designed by eighteen of the world’s top golfers.
In a certain sense, having come from the four corners of the globe, they ushered the whole world into one country, adding to the legendary status of the Resort. Having invited eighteen of the best professional golfers to the sanctuary of this culturally rich and diverse part of the African continent, we feel that a wealth of talent will now surely return to this unique area.
Great golf courses share a unique feature: they were designed by people with a real passion for the game. These leading professionals, selected to add their design expertise to the Signature course, share the fascination and spirit of golf. Because of their expertise and their focus on achieving a balance between risk and reward, the course will deliver a truly exceptional golfing experience for players from around the world in a location of spectacular beauty.
The golf course is designed as an 18 hole championship golf course. It is at once the longest golf course in South Africa, providing all golfers, irrespective of their handicap, the experience of a true African challenge. The course plays at 6,534 metres for daily play but is capable of being extended to 7,748 metres for tournaments, making it one of the longest in the world.
Set on the legendary 22 000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the course has flowing fairways which wind through the open grasslands and dense bush. The design and layout of the course are in complete harmony with the natural resources. The pristine bushveld environment has been preserved and the course remains one of the most environmentally sensitive in Africa.
The sheer scale of the golf course, with gently undulating greens and strategic bunkering ensures a unique golfing experience with breathtaking views of the Waterberg mountains as a backdrop. On any given hole, a range of 5 tees allows the golf course to be set up for both professional and amateur players and creates the flexibility that one needs for an enjoyable golfing experience.
The course reaches its climax with the Retief Goosen designed Par 5 measuring 484 metres, 577 yards. From a downhill drive, accuracy is demanded from the long hitter as the fairway is defined by bunkers on both sides. Ample space is provided for a strategic lay-up but the target narrows down nearer to the green complex. The green itself nestles behind an expansive lake with an Augusta-like grassy slope leading up to the green.
Goosen would have preferred the connection between the green and the lake to be closer in order to hype the drama of the finishing hole. He suggested that the lake be enlarged and integrated closer to the putting surface. Golfers whose shots end up on the sloping bank rather than in the lake can thank Goosen for suggesting that the grass be kept just long enough to prevent a watery end to the round!
It takes a helicopter to get to "The Xtreme 19th" and once you are atop the mountain, you'll see a green, shaped like the African continent, 430m below. Hole you tee-shot and you'll take home $1million!
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