Skukuza Golf Course - Hole by Hole
The Skukuza Golf Course is a magnificent 9-hole (18-tee) course situated in the world-renowned Kruger National Park on the outskirts of Skukuza Rest Camp. The rich wildlife sanctuary surrounding the golf course is home to the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals, which all conspire to provide the visitor with a harmonious close-to-nature golfing experience. The golf course was built in 1972 as a recreational facility for the Skukuza personnel, and has now been opened to visitors to the Kruger National Park for the first time.
The course is a Par 72, and is 5831m (6450 yards) for men and 4950m (5480 yards) for women. Since the course is not fenced-in, uninvited spectators are a common sight; hippo, impala, warthog and baboons to mention but a few. The course offers the pleasure of challenge and adventure. The Skukuza Golf Course has no bunkers, although ‘aerial bunkers’ abound because of the many trees found on the course.
Hole 1 & 10
Difficult opening par 4 going slightly downhill with “Lake Panic” on your left and out of bounds stakes to your right. A good tee shot is required to approach the water hazard surrounded green.
Hole 2 & 11
A short range iron shot is required to hit over the tail end section of Lake Panic to a small green with water stretching from the tee box to the back of this challenging Par 3.
Hole 3 & 12
The first and longest par 5 hole on the course. Tee shot going downhill for the first 250m and then the next 250m dog leg to the left and is slightly uphill with the dam all the way from the tee box on the left and out of bounds all the way on the right, with a two-tiered green. Hole 12 is slightly shorter.
Hole 4 & 13
Hole 4 is the hardest hole on the golf course the stroke one (Par 4). It is all the way uphill from the tee box over 400m, with out of bounds running all the way on the right hand side of the hole. You can find Phil’s Fountain at the tee box of no. 4.
Hole 13 becomes a Par 5 with the tee box back on the Lake Panic dam wall.
Hole 5 & 14
Hole 5 is the second Par 5 and is a straight hole going all the way downhill, with a few large Marula Trees obstructing your drive and approach shots. Hole 14 becomes a Par 4 with Pete’s puddle right in front of the tee box.
Hole 6 & 15
he hole is a fairly difficult par four, slightly dog leg to the right uphill most off the way with a couple of trees in the fairway at your landing areas, and thick bush at the back off the green without any hazards.
Hole 7 & 16
This is a short dog leg right par 4 which the long hitters can drive the green if they cut the corner with a tiger line tee shot over the out of bounds stakes running all the way on the right hand side off the hole which runs all the way along the tar road to the green
Hole 8 & 17
This is a fairly straight par 4, going downhill with a blind tee shot. This par 4 is also drivable for the long hitters, with out of bound to the right and red stakes to the right hand side of the green.
Hole 9 & 18
This is our signature hole, a mid to short iron par 3 hitting over the dam towards the clubhouse. This is a very scenic hole where you also finish your round and also have a nice view of the rest of the course.