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.
In this brief edited extract from the book he co-authored with Jamie Thom entitled South Africa’s Greatest Golf Destinations, Stuart McLean writes:
“Prince’s Grant stands apart from many of the modern golf estate developments in the way it respects and upholds the finer traditions of the game. This secluded hideaway resort has a clubhouse that reeks of golf: walls crammed with old photographs, paintings and memorabilia, and comfortable upstairs accommodation where golfers can stay close to the game.
The clubhouse architecture is old-style American colonial, similar to that at Shinnecock Hills, and the distinctive structure stands on a ridge overlooking the opening holes of the course. Prince’s Grant was conceived by developer Guy Smith, who has a passion for the games traditional values. One exception is the golf carts many use to play the hilly layout, although walking is still encouraged.”