Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Limpopo - South Africa

Legend Golf & Safari Resort,
Entabeni Safari Conservatory,
South Africa

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  • Nico Truter

  • Doue van der Mere of DDV Golf Design

  • Nico Truter

Developer Peet Cilliers wanted the scale of the golf facility in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy to match the surrounding African landscape so he made a wise move to bring in Kuwaiti-based IFA Hotels and Resorts as a partner when it came to financing an ambitious project that cost a reputed $30 million.

Everything at Legend is larger than life in an enormous 50,000-acre estate where herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope roam free alongside fairways that weave though open grassland and dense bushveld in two large circuits of nine.

Each of the holes has been assigned its own “signature designer,” starting with Trevor Immelman at the 1st and ending with Retief Goosen at the 18th. The bunker style has been standardised throughout with no hidden hazards to negotiate, just as the pros like it.

In between the opening and closing holes, the marketing men have allotted holes to top names who appeal to as wide a spectrum of golfers as possible, showcasing emerging talent like Camilo Villegas at the par four 8th and established major winners such as Vijay Singh at the par four 15th.

Legend would, of course, have to be the longest course in all of Africa so it measures up at almost 8,500 yards from the championship tee markers. Even allowing for some extra distance due to altitude and heat, that’s still an awful long way to have to propel a golf ball from the first tee box to the last hole.

Bernhard Langer on the Extreme 19th - click here to read the storyOf course, all of this gargantuan golf pales into near insignificance when compared to the gimmick that is the Extreme 19th – a par three played from the top of nearby Hanglip Peak, 470 yards above the level of a massive green that’s contoured in the shape of the African continent.

Golfers reach the tee box by helicopter and their tee shots from the longest, highest par three on the planet take more than 20 seconds to reach terra firma. Mulligans are allowed, as it would be a shame to pay an extra 200 quid to play this monster and not have a second shot to play on the ground!

For those who don’t have a head for such heights, there’s a 10-hole par three Tribute course which features replicas of some of the more famous short holes from around the world.

The course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort closed in October 2019 for a full revamp and is scheduled to open again in 2021.

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Description: The course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort is the longest in all of Africa, measuring almost 8,500 yards from the championship tee markers, but it closed in October 2019 for a full revamp and is scheduled to open again in 2021. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Javier Pintos
Legends, another huge surprise and place you need to visit! Legends is not just a golf course, it is a whole experience not only for golfers, but the golfers who like the game will really love it! It was the end of the Fam Trip and although it is not the best course we played, the entire experience is somthing really special. We arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday Legend Golf Course - Photo by reviewerand after checking in in the fatastic Lodge Rooms we were led to the Tribute 10 Holes par 3 course to play a very fun round of golf. This course has perfect replicas of the most famous par 3s in the world (10th at Pine Valley, 12th & 16th at Augusta National, 8th at Royal Troon, 11th at St Andrews, Redan at North Berwick and the final one 17th at TPC Sawgrass) and they look exact, with the only change in the geography, which is the fabolous mountains of South Africa. We ended almost at night and some plenty of beers were drunk to finish a very enjoyable moment. Next morning we were suposed to tee of at extreme 19th but due to the Helicopter's damage we were not able to do it and it was a huge dissapointment I have to say. This hole is a 600m par 3 with 400m level change between tee and green, where you are taken in Helicpoter. There are plentu of videos who show how spectacular it is. You will be charged some more money, but it is really worth. The green has Africa's shape and topography, it is great. Then after a very generous lunch we played the Signature Course, with one designer per hole which is something you may have never seen before. And with 7 sets of tees, you can extend it to Legend Golf Course - Photo by reviewermore than 9000yds if you want to use the backest tees. But asd you are 1800m above the sea level, you can hit it a lot further than usual. And what adds something special as well is that there are lots of different wild animals along the course, which again is very unusual. We played it after a very dry summer but all the same it was in good shape with the greens rolling true and decently fast, so we had a lot of fun!! There are plenty of good holes, but par 5 9th (Justin Rose) and par 5 18th (Retief Goosen) are in my taste the best ones, together with great par 4 16th (Sergio García). And having it playing it almost in twilight added some spectacularity to the scenary. And to end the fantastic experience, we slept in the Lodges in the middle of the Reserve, an experience which I really recommend. And due to a very powerful thunderstorm, we had our dinner with candles and with the teaching of an expert in animal wildlife. It is different. It is not as great as Fancourt. It is just one course and 10 par 3s, but all together it is worth to be experienced!
July 04, 2013
6 / 10
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February 06, 2015
The worst maintained top 100 golfcourse I ever played. Don't go there.