Johannesburg golfer Hugh Baiocchi – well respected member of the European Tour in the 1970s and 1980s – designed the 18-hole championship course at Champagne Sports Resort and it first opened for play in 1997.
Located in the Drakensberg mountain region between Johannesburg and Durban, the golf course here is one of several outdoor pursuits on offer at a 122-bedroomed hotel complex, including fishing, mountain biking, hiking and horse riding.
It is easy to see that no expense was spared in setting up the course – greens were sown with L93 bent-grass, fairways with kikuyu grass and bunkers lined with white Bronkhorstspruit sand , providing a well balanced test over 7,363 yards from the back tees.
With the Champagne and Cathkin Peaks as a spectacular backdrop, teeing it up in the mountains here is an exhilarating experience that really should be sampled during a golfing getaway trip!
I would travel to play this course, cracking facility.
Buggies are worth going for as the terrain is very steep and hilly.
So many memorable holes here, with high tee-offs to low greens, driving across rivers, approach shots over dams, longest hole in SA at 605M!
This place has it all! can be very dry in the winter due to it being in the Berg, but it's maintained well and greens are great.
Summer golf here is epic!
Play this course if you can.