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Legend Golf & Safari Resort
Sterkrivier, Limpopo, South Africa|www.legendvillage.co.za
Africa’s longest course is an exercise in excess. The massive, 50,000-acre big game reserve is home to 18 holes, each designed by a different golfer beginning with Trevor Immelman and finishing with the Retief Goosen’s 18th. Each is distinctive in that it reflects the designer’s own personality – from Camillo Villegas’ challenging 8th, to Vijay Singh’s cleverly laid out par-four 15th.
But as interesting as the 18 holes unquestionably are, the real attraction is the additional 19th hole: a par 3 from the top of Hanglip Peak, 470 yards above a huge, Africa-shaped green. You get to the tee by helicopter and hit your shot, which takes more than 20 seconds to reach the ground. Mulligans are allowed, of course – to play this hole alone costs an extra £200.
There’s also a 10-hole par-3 tribute course with some of the world’s most famous short holes.
Getting there & doing it
The golf course is 60km southwest of Polokwane, about a 2.5-hour drive from Johannesburg. You’ll need to book accommodation at the resort to play. Green fees are easily available, but you’ll need to book well in advance to play the 19th.
When to do it
The course is open all year round, seven days a week. Spring and autumn are the best months to play for the best weather.
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