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Ebotse

Benoni, Gauteng
Benoni, Gauteng
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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.

In this brief edited extract from the book he co-authored with Jamie Thom entitled South Africa’s Greatest Golf Destinations, Stuart McLean writes:

“When Peter Matkovich first saw the colossal sand hills on the site of a disused quarry where he was meant to build Ebotse, he made a decision that was to save the developers a big chunk of their projected budget. Instead of removing the sand at great expense, the sand was dispersed and shaped into uneven, flowing mounds between holes, giving it a links-like character.

It is not a deliberate attempt to build an artificial links by adding dirt; instead, the mounds lend distinctive character to each hole, and the result is a uniquely rugged golf course for Gauteng, in contrast to the pretty parkland layouts that are typical of the region. The Ebotse course is not all high dunes, buts has a rumpled and distressed look, with jagged mounds and steep slopes adding definition to the terrain.”

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.

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Peter Matkovich

Matkovich learned how to play golf at Shabani (which was owned by the local mine company) and progressed to play many courses around the country, most of which were developed by mining firms.

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