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Koro Creek

Modimolle - Limpopo

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General manager: David Riddle
Golf director: Jacques Venter
Greenkeeper: Sammy Sibeko
Chairman: Andries Taljaardt

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Gold 6795 metres, CR74.9/140
White 6410 metres, CR73.0/136
Blue 6058 metres, CR71.2/128
Red 5410 metres, CR67.9/122
Women’s blue, CR77.8/144
Women’s red, CR73.7/136

Visitor green fee

R450 weekdays;
R525 weekends includes halfway house and golf cart
R325 walking

Course designer

DDV Design 2006

Contact

014 495 0030/26
www.korocreek.com

Koro Creek is one of a group of attractive modern bushveld courses in the Waterberg region of Limpopo, built in the new millennium. It is the closest to the N1 highway, and centrally situated so that the estate has become a convenient base for golfing groups exploring the area. You have a choice of half-a-dozen courses within an hour’s drive.

Koro Creek is an expansive bushveld layout with an interesting variety of holes that offers plenty of width off the tee and is therefore enjoyable to play. The conditioning has improved considerably in recent years, with superb bent grass greens. It’s in a tranquil setting, with houses mostly well back from the area of play. 

The front side is the shorter nine, but it also has the more difficult greens, some with serious slopes. The back nine is longer but offers more birdie opportunities for the longer hitters.

Koro Creek Bushveld Golf Estate evolved around different estate planning compared to other Waterberg estates. It concentrated on secure upmarket residential housing within the convenience of a town’s infrastructure rather than being a second-home wildlife destination in the remote bushveld. Today it is a prosperous and restful looking estate bordering the leafy suburbs of Modimolle. It has a large shopping mall and is attracting retirees, drawn by a broad selection of retirement villages. It’s close enough to the N1 that it’s just a 90-minute drive south to Pretoria.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

63 by Danie van Tonder in 2020 Limpopo Championship

Feature Holes

Koro Creek has one of the most unique and challenging par 3s. The seventh is a special bushveld creation, and can play anything from 140 metres to a daunting 222 from the back tee, although the Sunshine Tour never played it longer than 192 metres. The tee shot has to carry high trees to seek out a large green that has water hazards on both flanks. Short or long is safer than being wide. The first and 18th are two good risk-and-reward par 5s, particularly the opening hole where the green is within reach for two for many golfers, but beware of the deep pond in front of it.

Accommodation

Eight guest houses on the estate with contact details on the Koro Creek website.

Practice Facility

Driving range open to the public has good quality golf balls. There is also a short-game area.

Did You Know

1/ GM David Riddle is a PGA of SA professional familiar with the Limpopo region, having grown up playing junior golf with Retief Goosen at Polokwane. He was previously the golf director at Legend Golf & Safari Resort, where he helped in the design of the course and built a 10-hole Par 3 course with replica greens from famous courses. He was responsible for the design and construction of Legend’s Extreme 19th.

2/ Koro Creek has a large thatch-roofed clubhouse built for outdoor living and the warm weather in this northern part of the country. It has an 80-seater restaurant, pro shop and bar.

3/ Koro Creek co-hosted the first two rounds of 2020 Limpopo Championship with Euphoria on the Sunshine Tour/European Challenge Tour. Hosted 2015 Vodacom Origins won by Dean Burmester on 19-under 197.

4/ Koro Creek has good membership options for golfers under 30 (R2 825 a year) and over 60 (R2 421).

Club Champions

Andries Kruger & Anzel van der Skyf

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Golf course scores tougher than it looks and is a challenge. Tough climate for keeping the course in condition and the course staff do a good job in a dry area of the country.

Leon Bevan
14 April 2020
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