North West

Founded in 1994, North West province occupies an area of 40,000 square miles to the south of Botswana, forming boundaries with four other South African provinces. Gold, uranium, platinum and diamond mines form the backbone of the North West’s economy, providng many jobs for its population of three and a quarter million people.

North West Province Golf Union and North West Women’s Golf are the two provincial governing bodies that look after the golfing interests of male and female golfers in the region and they each provide an administration service to over 5,000 golfers in around 30 clubs. Golf at seventeen of these clubs is played on a 9-hole course with members at one club, Venterspost, having the use of a 10-hole layout.

Orkney and Goldfields West are a couple of much-admired old Bob Grimsdell designs in the province but it’s a trio of newer, more polished tracks that take the ranking honours in the North West. The first of these is Pecanwood, an engaging Jack Nicklaus Signature course that opened in 1999. The other two courses are found at the Sun City resort, where the Gary Player Country Club and Lost City layouts are amongst the best in the country.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North West

Gary Player

1st North West - Best in Area

The Gary Player Country Club is perhaps South Africa’s most famous course thanks to the “Million Dollar Golf Challenge”. Naturally the “Black Knight” designed it and it’s one of the longest courses in the country...

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Millvale

2nd North West - Best in Area

Few know much about the course at the ultra-private Millvale Golf Estate, which is located in the North West Province, near Koster and not far from Rustenburg.

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Lost City

3rd North West - Best in Area

The most fearsome hazard at Lost City is reserved for the downhill par three 13th where a crocodile pit guards the front of the green!

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Pecanwood

4th North West - Best in Area

Pecanwood – the name comes from the grove of pecan nut trees found on the property – was the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course in South Africa...

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Magalies Park

5th North West - Best in Area

Situated close to the Magalies River, at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the golf course at the Magalies Park resort is an unheralded hidden gem in the North West Province.

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Goldfields West

6th North West - Best in Area

The course at the Goldfields West Golf Club is set within a nature reserve in the Wonderfontein Valley where a variety of wild animals can be found wandering the fairways.

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Orkney

7th North West - Best in Area

Laid out on the northern bank of the Vaal River, the 18-hole layout at Orkney Golf Club began life as a 9-holer in 1939 before it was expanded to a full course a few years later.

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Leopard Park

8th North West - Best in Area

Located in dry and dusty Mmbatho, the course at Leopard Park Golf Club has been described as “an oasis in the north west.” Water is in play at eight of the holes, most notably at the island green on the 18th.

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Klerksdorp

9th North West - Best in Area

Having started out in 1889 as a 9-hole layout with sand-based putting surfaces, the course at Klerksdorp Golf Club has evolved down the years into a challenging modern parkland track.

Mooinooi

10th North West - Best in Area

Situated between Rustenburg and Pretoria, the course at Mooinooi Golf Club is a sporty little 9-hole layout that first opened for play in 1972.