Near Howick, KZN Midlands - KwaZulu-Natal
CEO: Andrew Clark
Golf Director: Brad Ross (PGA pro)
Greenkeeper: Kesley Hansen
President: Ivan Clark
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 62.9 out of 100
Conditioning14.5 / 20
Playability12.2 / 20
Aesthetics13.2 / 15
Design Variety7.1 / 15
Shot Values7.6 / 15
Memorability8.3 / 15
Three tees / Par 71
White 5870 metres, CR 71.2/134
Blue 5458 metres, CR 69.0/130
Red 4819 metres, CR 65.5/124
Women’s blue, CR 75.4/147
Women’s red, CR 71.1/139
Visitor green fee
R395 for 18
R290 on Mondays
R200 for pensioners on Tuesdays
Bob Grimsdell 1963,
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2013
033 234 4232
97 (2022) & 96 (2021)
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.
Additional Course Facts
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.
Bosch Hoek Lodge a short walk from the clubhouse offers luxury and standard rooms in an attractive setting with a restaurant. Rates are inclusive of breakfast and currently it is R1149 for an overnight stay and 18 holes of golf.
Fair-sized range close to clubhouse alongside first hole, and a talking point is the Wayne Westner Teaching Robot which stands there.
2021 Kesley Hansen & Paula Beddow
2020 Bruce Dixon & Lynn Garbutt
2019 Kesley Hansen & Sherry King
Did You Know
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 six times, including four of the last five years.
6/ The club has hosted the annual SA Rugby Legends golf day for the last 10 years.
Course and Facilities Rating
The nine holes at Bosch Hoek are challenging and the KZN Midlands scenery is up there with the most aesthetic courses in the country.
02 August 2023
Undoubtedly one of our best 9-holers. Played the first 9 in benign, windless conditions and then the second 9 in a two-club wind which showed just how different the course can play within a few hours after a change in conditions. This proved a blessing as several holes share the same tee box on each nine which makes one feel you're playing the same hole twice. This doesn't necessarily detract from the enjoyment of the round as most holes are so scenically spectacular. The various tee boxes on the par-3 5th/14th, played over water, can change the angle to the green by almost 60m from left to right. The signature hole, the par-5 6th/15th, is a classic risk-reward hole where the wide fairway meanders around a huge dam and the peninsula green therein is tempting to take on with the second shot. For those golfers who travel between Gauteng and KZN, next time leave earlier and stop to play this gem along the route. You will not be disappointed.
27 July 2023
Bosch Hoek is one of the most attractive parkland experiences in South Africa. Walking around the property is delightful without even hitting a golf ball. There's a magnificent view from the hillside tee at No 4, one of several strong par 4s. A 9-hole "River Club" in many respects, and both were founded as private clubs and courses in the 1960s by industrialist Punch Barlow with Bob Grimsdell as the architect. Bosch Hoek is fortunately open to the public these days, and there are non-golfing visitors coming to stay at the Bosch Hoek lodge or have lunch in the clubhouse. From the outside veranda you have an outstanding vista through to the lake. The first and tenth tees run alongside the veranda, quite daunting for golfers if there's a crowd of interested spectators commenting on your swing.
24 March 2023
What a beaut! Felt like I was taking a stroll through an English park. As good a parkland layout as one can find in KZN. The routing is fantastic through the best parts of the property. Even the scenic drive from the entrance gate to clubhouse must be the best in SA! Definitely the best 9-holer I have played. Greenkeeper Kesley Hansen and his team are doing a good job. After a long chat to him, one can see he is passionate about his slice of paradise. I played on a quiet Monday morning and had the course to myself. After the opening two holes I thought I was in for a low score but how wrong I was as the difficulty factor picked up quickly. There was an unusually strong wind, making the long par 4s even longer. A Bob Grimsdell design, but I couldn't spot any of the design styles usually noticeable at his other courses. I would have liked to have played the course before its redesign. Yet Sean Quinn/Golf Data have done a fantastic renovation. Bosch Hoek has a balance of risk versus reward, the greens have good shape, and playing from the fairway is paramount.
14 March 2023
This KZN Midlands gem provides a test of accuracy off the tee. Narrow landing areas and mature trees guard large areas of the course. The greens complexes are a key defence; cleverly shaped with subtle sloping. The par 3s are a highlight. The varied tee boxes add interest to them, and any breeze will impact an errant shot on holes where water hazards lurk. Some par 4s are driveable, a carrot to the longer hitter, but missing your landing area will leave a difficult approach. There are no guaranteed birdies. Bosch Hoek offers excellent service, beautiful presentation and an interesting layout, which you get to experience twice.
02 September 2022
Enjoyed a round in the members Saturday afternoon competition, and it was noticeable how busy the course was with golfers of both genders. Fortunate to tee off early (11.20) as from 4pm onwards at this time of year the sun makes an early departure, and the temperature in the Midlands cools down quickly for late finishers. A warm day becomes frigid. Bosch Hoek's greens are a feature and roll magnificently. The members refer to holes 6 to 8 as their "Amen Corner" and they do challenge you. The sixth is a shortish par 5 but the lake left of the fairway and around the green makes you cautious; the seventh is a fabulous par 3, a narrow green fronted by the same lake where the back bunker is not where you want to be. The green slopes away from the sand towards the water. The eighth is a superb 380-metre par 4, its fairway curving around a stream on the left, and boasting the best designed green of nine creative complexes. This one is angled sideways, leaving a tiny opening, and guarded by three bunkers. Bosch Hoek has never previously had irrigation on the fairways, and a new system is being installed.
06 June 2022
Bosch Hoek is a fantastic experience and deserves its place as a destination for any golfer passing through the KZN Midlands. Our group had a warm welcoming experience in a special part of the country. The clubhouse is cosy and immaculate and the staff friendly and helpful. The course, a superb 9-hole design, is a mix of woodland and lakeside golf with meandering hillside streams. The variance in tee box positions for the back nine offers challenging options and a different perspective of each hole. The 4th/13th hole is a great testing par 4, teeing off from an elevated tee with an expansive view of green rolling hills in the background. Here you must choose between an aggressive play with a driver, taking on the stream on the left but avoiding the oak trees to the right, or a conservative play with an iron, still a demanding shot. The closer you keep to the water the better the view of the green for the second shot. Given the amount of rain KZN has seen recently the greens were fast and true. The tees had suffered in the wet weather and may need levelling, but the course staff have done an amazing job presenting the course in such good condition this close to winter.
01 May 2022
A unique experience in the beautiful KZN Midlands.
17 March 2022
Pleasant surprise to find this excellent venue. Who would have known about it without the Top 100 website. Such a different experience from most other golf clubs. The pretty drive through the beautiful property to the clubhouse, and then discovering this "Augusta" spread out before my eyes. Standing outside the clubhouse it just looked fabulous and the course didn't disappoint. A beautiful walk that I will long remember. It has to be one of South Africa's most scenic golf experiences.
Dieter ten Haag
02 May 2021
One of our hidden gems. This parkland course is under-rated as a superb experience for all levels of golfers, having magnificent scenic surrounds. Greens are always in superb condition with tricky but well presented surfaces on which to putt.
02 January 2021
Bosch Hoek has become a destination stop for golfing groups in an intimate setting. It offers superb lodge rooms close to the clubhouse, an outstanding restaurant, a pub with fireplace that stays open until late, and braai facilities. A top-class breakfast and 18 holes of golf are included in the rate. The parkland course lives up to its reputation as SA's best 9-holer, with quality greens a feature. The course begins with two short par 4s, then comes the most challenging of holes, the par-5 third, which seems to stretch for ever to an elevated green bordered by a stream.
29 November 2020
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