Gold 7040 metres, CR76.8/148
White 6525 metres, CR74.2/137
Blue 5945 metres, CR71.1/132
Red 5130 metres, CR66.7/124
Women’s blue, CR77.6/142
Women’s red, CR72.7/131
R500 includes cart and halfway house
Annika Sorenstam 2008
014 743 5000
This attractive bushveld course in the Waterberg region of Limpopo was a project by European Golf Design with Annika Sorenstam, who is the first and only woman to have a course attributed to her in South Africa.
In a beautiful tranquil setting, with some remarkable bird life, it is a quiet course in terms of rounds. Eight kilometres from Mookgophong (Naboomspruit), there are a limited number of residential homes, and just 140 members.
Euphoria’s strength lies in its memorability of design. The holes have individuality in among the bushveld, and there is a collective continuity to them. Nearly every hole is distinctively hidden away in its own isolated part of bushveld. The only downside to this is the long walks between green and tee, so a golf cart is essential in getting around comfortably. The cart paths are excellent.
Each tee complex is slightly elevated providing a good view of the hole and surrounding bushveld. Wide fairways with wild grasses and deep bunkers give the course something of a links feel at times. Several of the holes cross a natural ravine, mostly dry, which runs through the estate, and some exquisite large marula trees are a feature.
68, CJ du Plessis, Limpopo-based Sunshine Tour pro.
The par-4 fifth has a large bunker splitting the fairway, offering various options off the tee on how to play the hole. There is a fine quartet of par 3s, notably the long 17th alongside a large dam. Each of the nines ends with a par 5 in front of the clubhouse.
Luxury Bush Villas are situated close to the clubhouse and hydro spa. There are 64 en-suite rooms. The estate has a waterpark and a cable car which takes guests to a facility at the top of a hill overlooking the estate.
A 350-metre long range (200 metres wide) adjoins the first tee, and there are short-game areas.
1/ Euphoria has hosted both Sunshine Tour events and Interprovincial tournaments.
2/ Ross McGowan shot 64 in the tour’s 2019 Limpopo Championship, but it was not recognised as a course record because of placing and the use of some forward tees. The event was won by JC Ritchie on 18-under 270.
3/ A cableway is attached to the clubhouse, and the small car – a perfect fit for a golfing fourball – rises 400 metres to the Sundowner Deck and a restaurant atop the hill overlooking the estate. The view from the deck over the bushveld and the golf course is sensational.
4/ Euphoria is one of several Waterberg golf estates that offer a bushveld experience in a malaria-free area, easily accessible to Gauteng.
Johan Krugel & Joanne Shields
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