Although I really love the layout, I have either played very well or missed the cut! But to me Leopard Creek is a great course and the bushveld setting just gives me the African feeling – we belong here. It’s great to visit the Kruger National Park with my family in between the golf – especially after travelling the world during the year.
It’s really a special place. The 505m par-five 13th is amazing. The green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32m above the level of the water, offering views up the river and into the Kruger Park.
Earlier this year, we went to SA on vacation, so I took the opportunity to play Leopard Creek (had to book a room in a specific lodge we did not stay at so I could play the course). Needless to stay I had high expectations coming in but oh boy!
The course is inside the Kruger park and despite they had to kick the giraffs out as they were damaging the greens, the course is absolutely fantastic. Fairways and greens are perfect, very few people on the course, a great staff, very low price, food at the turn on the 2nd floor of the English style club house overlooking the course.
As for the course itself, I must say that the par 4 9th and the par 5 18th are just magnificent as they are quasi-island green and an island green and from the tee box you can admire the hilly Kruger Park and the clubhouse. Standing on the green of the 12th, you can admire the park as you are right on the edge which makes it an unforgettable memory.
Leopard Creek is definitely worth is top 100 ranking by Golf Digest, and I am really happy that I got the chance to play it.
On the side note, even though I also played Durban CC (top 100 by Golf Magazine), this was not a golf trip BUT I really look forward to going back to SA to play some of the other great courses they have in this beautiful country!