Yellow 6104 metres, CR 73.4/147
White 5834 metres, CR 72.0/143
Blue 5375 metres, CR 69.1/138
Red 4731 metres, CR 65.8/128
Women’s blue, CR 76.0/141
Women’s red, CR 71.9/132
Estate visitor R310
Special group rates
Peter Matkovich 1992
039 313 5141
San Lameer is a unique lifestyle estate on the Indian Ocean with an early Peter Matkovich golf course which first established his reputation in the early 1990s and led to several other golf estate commissions. It’s a high-adrenaline risk-and-reward undulating layout through parts of a sub-tropical forest which is fun and exciting to play. Water hazards are an integral feature, parts of the course having been built among wetlands.
The modern clubhouse is on different levels overlooking palm trees and water features defining a challenging collection of holes – the ninth, tenth, 13th and 18th. The ninth is a downhill par 3 with its green tight against water on the left; No 10 a short par 4 with water right from tee to green; No 13 a dogleg left par 5 with an island fairway close to the green; No 18 a short par 4 with water right of the fairway and around the green.
San Lameer is a year-round South Coast holiday destination in a tranquil, tropical environment catering for seasonal and permanent residents who have access to their own Blue Flag beaches, a variety of leisure activities, running and cycling trails, a hotel and spa, and villas of various sizes to rent. Holidaymakers have no need to leave the estate.
The course has an interesting mix of holes due to the hilly terrain. The front nine is long and testing, while the shorter back nine has more water hazards and four shortish par 4s. Walking is allowed, but it’s mainly a cart course. The only long walk is that between 17th green and 18th tee. The greens were upgraded in 2013 and new paspalum grass planted which has boosted conditioning.
64 by Rossouw Loubser, 2004 KZN Open
The second tee is the highest point of the property, with fabulous views, and it’s a thrilling downhill par 4, as is the sixth. The 150-metre fourth has a shallow green fronted by a water hazard with bunkers behind. The seventh is the strongest hole, a 463m tree-lined par 4 which curves right around a stream. The par 3s are all excellent and individual looking.
The San Lameer Resort Estate Hotel, recently upgraded, is situated on the banks of a lagoon, and has 40 rooms. Popular as a wedding venue and conferencing location. Its restaurant is open throughout the day for meals. The hotel has the 5-star award-winning Camelot Spa with the only Rasul chamber of its kind in the country. It’s the only true spa facility on the KZN South Coast.
Self-catering villas – bachelor apartments to 5-bedroom luxury homes – can be rented for a minimum stay of two nights. Phone 039 313 0450.
A range adjoins the 15th hole, buckets on sale in clubhouse. Warm-up net at first tee, and practice putting greens.
1/ The estate land was acquired by Sanlam in 1974 and declared an eco-friendly private township, with 60% of the sub-tropical property being protected from development. Additional land was bought in 1990 to build a golf course and clubhouse.
2/ Since 2013 there has been a significant upgrade of San Lameer’s golfing and clubhouse facilities.
3/ There is a good quality 9-hole mashie course on the property, fun for beginners and enjoyable for better golfers.
4/ Several Sunshine Tour events have been played at San Lameer, including the SA Masters in 1996 (Wayne Westner) and 1997 (Mark McNulty).
5/ The Mark McNulty Junior Golf Foundation is at San Lameer. McNulty, winner of more than 50 worldwide tournaments, is a resident, and his memorabilia are displayed in the clubhouse.
6/ San Lameer hosted the SA Women’s Open from 2014 to 2017, and the winner on all three occasions was Lee-Anne Pace.
Rickus Vermooten & Maritha de Beer
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