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Bosch Hoek

Near Howick, KZN Midlands - KwaZulu-Natal

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CEO: Andrew Clark
Golf Director: Brad Ross (PGA pro)
Greenkeeper: Kesley Hansen
President: Ivan Clark
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 60.5 out of 100
Conditioning14.2 / 20
Playability11.2 / 20
Aesthetics13.2 / 15
Design Variety6.7 / 15
Shot Values7.6 / 15
Memorability7.6 / 15

Course Summary

Three tees / Par 71

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

Visitor green fee

R395 for 18
R290 on Mondays
R200 for pensioners on Tuesdays

Course designer

Bob Grimsdell 1963,
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2013

Contact

033 234 4232
www.boschhoek.co.za

Previous ranking

89

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

Course Record

57 by Sunshine Tour professional Daniel Greene in January 2019 medal.

Feature Holes

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.

Accommodation

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.

Practice Facility

Fair-sized range close to clubhouse alongside first hole, and a talking point is the Wayne Westner Teaching Robot which stands there.

Club Champions

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.

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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.
Kevin Curren
02 January 2021
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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.
Stuart McLean
29 November 2020
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