Nestled in the Steenkampsberg mountain range near Dullstroom, the Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate boasts an Ernie Els signature course as the main sporting attraction of an upmarket residential development.
The 18-hole layout is set at high altitude among some of the most scenic terrain in Mpumalanga, where less than a third of the enormous 1,750-acre property will be developed, allowing plenty of scope for residents to enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits.
Ernie Els had this to say about the golfing element of the project: “When you hear golfers say they were torn between hitting their next shot or pausing to take a photo of the surrounding scenery, you know it has to be a very special place. Highland Gate is definitely that kind of place.
It’s now more than 10 years since Greg Letsche and myself first visited this site, but the memory is still fresh in my mind. As a golf course designer you feel blessed to be able to work with an area of outstanding natural beauty, but also a real sense of responsibility to do justice to such a wonderful location.
We believe that’s been achieved and we’re so proud of what Highland Gate has become. A world class golf course in such a unique and special setting is a rare and powerful combination.”
Played this in January 2017 after the drought had broken. The course was in superb condition and the greens were in great shape. The rough was brutal following said rains! Course is very enjoyable with some magnificent views (Especially the 4th) and there is a good variety of holes. I know that these guys are hoping to host the SA Open at some point in the future and I think this will provide a great test of golf.