Built on the site of an old mine, the course at the Ebotse Golf & Country Estate is regarded as a real environmental success story. Before construction began, the property was cleared of old kaolin deposits, much of the alien vegetation was removed and an old quarry pit filled in. Once this was done, Peter Matkovich had pretty much a blank canvas to work with.
A staggering two million cubic metres of spoil from the old sand quarry was then moved around the estate, allowing the architect to fashion elevation changes of up to 25 metres on a generally flat landscape as he sculpted the fairways in the style of an old Irish links.The front nine weaves through a housing development, with the final two holes of this circuit returning to Rynefield Lake, where the clubhouse sits overlooking the shimmering waters. The back nine holes are set in more open terrain and holes 11 to 13 play round a smaller body of water at the driving range before the final two holes on the card wrap around the Lake on their way back to the comforts of the 19th.
August 10, 2014