Peter Matkovich

Full Name
Peter James Matkovich
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Year of Birth
1942
Place Born
Mufulira, Zimbabwe

“God and nature shape our design. The land and nature must determine the shape, style and direction of play. The design must aesthetically enhance the nature of the environment, not detract from it – as if time and nature itself have shaped the golf course. This is what makes every course different and unique” – from the Matkovich website.

Peter Matkovich grew up in the mining town of Shabani, close to Fort Victoria, in what was then called Southern Rhodesia. Nowadays, the town is called Zvishavane and is located in the Midlands Province of modern Zimbabwe.

He learned how to play golf at Shabani Golf Club, which was owned by the local mine company, and progressed to play many of the other courses around the country, most of which were developed by the various mining firms.

After turning professional in 1968, Peter played on the Sunshine Tour for a decade , though he also ventured further afield to Australia and Europe, where he played in the 1968 Open at Carnoustie and the 1970 Open at St Andrews.

He and his family moved to Pinetown, just inland from Durban, in 1973 before he accepted the position of club professional and course superintendent at Umhlali Country Club. It wasn’t long until he’d extended the 9-hole layout to a full eighteen holes.

Peter spent the best part of two decades dedicated to his home club – though he was involved in developing the course at Worcester in Western Cape in the late 1980s – before heading along the Kwazulu-Natal coastline to Southbroom, where he designed the 18-hole course on the San Lameer Estate in 1992.

During the remainder of the 1990s, Matkovich designed another dozen courses, though they weren’t all located within South Africa.

He ventured into his native Zimbabwe on several occasions – notably at Leopard Rock then Chapman, where he redesigned the club’s 1920s layout in Harare – in addition to renovating Royal Swazi’s 18-hole course at Mbabane in Swaziland. Peter also collaborated with Nick Price on an 18-hole layout at Borrowdal...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Peter Matkovich

Arabella

3rd Western Cape - Best in Area 10th South Africa Ranking

Arabella Golf Club is set dramatically on edge of the Bot River Lagoon. This wetland is home to thousands of waterfowl, so keep your eyes peeled for the Blue Crane… this beautiful bird is even the Arabella club emblem.

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Avalon

4th Mauritius Ranking

Designed by Peter Matkovich, currently the most prolific and most prominent golf architect on the African continent, the Avalon course occupies almost half the 544 acres of the Avalon Golf Estate ...

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Bonanza

4th Zambia Ranking

Commissioned by Union Gold Zambia, the Bonanza golf course was designed by Peter Matkovich and his associate Louis van der Walt and it’s the centrepiece of an upmarket residential development on the northeastern outskirts of Lusaka.

Centurion Country Club

34th Gauteng - Best in Area 98th South Africa Ranking

A large man-made lake is the centerpiece of the landscaping at Centurion and the clubhouse and four closing holes are all laid out around it to create a tough finish to the round.

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Chapman

3rd Zimbabwe Ranking

Zimbabwean, Peter Matkovich, redesigned today’s Chapman Golf Club in 1995 and the course now measures more than 6,500 metres from the back markers.

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Cotswold Downs

4th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area 39th South Africa Ranking

Peter Matkovich routed the Cotswold Downs golf course across a former sugar-cane farm. The undulations on this elevated site make the golf exciting and the club is renowned for its tip-top conditioning.

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De Zalze

11th Western Cape - Best in Area 36th South Africa Ranking

De Zalze is yet another creation from the prolific Peter Matkovich and is laid out within the 750-acre Spier Estate in the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains...

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Ebotse

12th Gauteng - Best in Area 40th South Africa Ranking

In 2007, the Matkovich & Hayes Golf Course Design and Construction Company developed the course at the Ebotse Golf & Country Estate in a disused sand quarry.

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Elements

1st Limpopo - Best in Area 31st South Africa Ranking

A stream winds through part of the course to a lake which forms the centerpiece of the design here at Elements Private Golf Reserve.

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Heritage Golf Club

2nd Mauritius Ranking

Peter Matkovich was the architect who fashioned the course at the Heritage Golf Club (formerly Golf du Château) within the enormous Domaine de Bel Ombre estate on the southwest coast of Mauritius.

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