George Wilson Prince acquired Prince’s Grant, formerly part of Hyde Park sugar cane farm, in 1856 through Deed of Grant from Queen Victoria for the princely sum of two pounds, five shillings and four pence. Not a bad price for nearly three and a half thousand acres!
Golf was first played at Prince’s Grant in 1994 when the prolific course designer Peter Matkovich laid out 18 holes on the dune land as part of a development where lush fairways now sit hand in glove with onsite residential accommodation. Spectacular changes in elevation and stunning sea views combine to make a round here a very special golfing treat.
The signature hole at Prince’s Grant is the 560-yard par five 15th. “Umvoti” plays from an elevated tee to a green down beside the Indian Ocean, with bush to the left and out of bounds to the right of the fairway. It’s a fantastic hole, well worth the accolade of one of the best 18 holes in South Africa.
September 07, 2011