White 5860 metres, CR 71.2/134
Blue 5458 metres, CR 69.0/130
Red 4759 metres, CR 65.5/124
Women’s blue, CR 75.4/147
Women’s red, CR 71.1/139
R395 for 18
R290 on Mondays
R200 for pensioners on Tuesdays
Bob Grimsdell 1963,
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2013
033 234 4232
The magnificent Bosch Hoek in the KZN Midlands became the first 9-hole course to be included among South Africa’s Top 100 Courses. Recognised as one of the country’s best 9-holers for many years, Bosch Hoek has been transformed as a golfing destination under the ownership and investment of Ivan Clark over the last decade. And much of its charm lies in the fact that it has remained a 9-holer, and not been increased in size.
First of all there was a makeover of the original Bob Grimsdell design by Golf Data designer Sean Quinn in 2013, the club’s 50th anniversary. Golf Data modernised the greens, and remodelled the two par 5s into more exciting and challenging holes. The Bosch Hoek dam has been utilised as a feature of the layout, both visually and within the design. Clark also had a luxury lodge built close to the clubhouse in 2017 so that Bosch Hoek could offer accommodation for golfers, wedding parties and conferences.
Bosch Hoek adjoins the N3 highway through the Midlands, and is now an ideal stopover for golfers travelling between KZN and Gauteng. Bosch Hoek is parkland golf at its best, with beautiful mature trees framing the fairways. It’s a tranquil walk in the countryside. In autumn the property is at its most magnificent, when the trees are aflame with golden colours.
The small clubhouse at Bosch Hoek, which sits right on the first tee, harks back to a simpler time when this was a private club. It’s comfortable and charming and just the right proportions for a course that can only accommodate 60 golfers at a time.
57 by Sunshine Tour professional Daniel Greene in January 2019 medal.
The second/11th is a short par 4 which at 250 metres puts the green easily within reach of many golfers. It is overlooked by the beautiful old Bosch Hoek Manor House. The sixth/15th is a terrific risk-and-reward par 5 where the Bosch Hoek Dam comes into play along the left of the hole, with a green jutting out into the water, leaving little margin for error on the approach shot.
The relatively new Bosch Hoek Lodge a short walk from the clubhouse offers luxury and standard rooms in an attractive setting. The rates are inclusive of breakfast.
Fair-sized range close to clubhouse alongside first hole, and a talking point is the Wayne Westner Teaching Robot which stands there.
Kesley Hansen and Sherry King
1/ Bosch Hoek began out of a connection with The River Club in Sandton, where one of the founder members of this private members club was the industrialist Charles Sydney “Punch” Barlow. The River Club course was designed and built by Bob Grimsdell, and as part of his contract Grimsdell also undertook in 1963 to lay out a 9-hole course on Barlow’s Bosch Hoek working farm.
2/ Bosch Hoek was a private facility for 30 years under the ownership of first Barlow and then his stepson Peter Gallo. Gallo opened the course to public use in the 1990s when he developed the Bosch Hoek Country Estate. It now has 264 members.
3/ Sunshine Tour golfer Daniel Greene, who resides in the KZN Midlands, shot a 15-under-par 57 in the January 2019 club medal, having two eagles, a 2 at the par-4 second and 3 at the par-5 sixth, and 11 birdies. He played the front nine in 27.
4/ The residential estate, away from the golf course, is restricted to 35 properties.
5/ Greenkeeper Kesley Hansen has won the club championship five times, including the last three years.
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