The number of top class golf course designs by Peter Matkovich that are featured in the Top 100 South African rankings is now into double digits and the bushveld course at Zebula is yet another – like De Zalze, Elements and Pinnacle Point – that he has created in the new millennium.
Conceived as a grand scale bush project by former owner and former American golf retailer Steve Dunn, Zebula is, in essence, a 3,500-acre game reserve that also offers a number of sporting activities ranging from tennis and squash to fishing and golf, with fairways on the 18-hole course laid out around a residential complex.Located not far from the small spa town of Bela Bela, the course at Zebula Golf Estate lies on rather flat terrain where wide, open fairways are framed by bushveld trees. A feature hole on the back nine is the par five 15th with its split fairway but the signature hole on the layout is regarded as the 8th, a 150-yard par three with a raised green that’s protected by both sand and water.
Zebula is a golf estate with all kinds of leisure facilities, though with golf as the primary attraction. In my “subjective” opinion it is one of the very best we have played on this SA-tour. It is located in a basin of the most pristine African bushveld. It is a very challenging course. The rating from the back tee is 74,9. That is; a scratch player can add 3 strokes to the handicap. If you can’t hit it long and straight I recommend playing it from one of the front tees.
Even if difficult, it is a very fair course to play. What you see is what you get and even if you are out of line, you can still find your ball and get it back on the fairway. On most of the holes you will have to think course management. Both from tee and on second or third shot you will have to make decisions.
Very, very interesting for players of all levels. Great walking course promoting a good flow.
Enjoy the practice area, full of opportunities to practice all parts of you game. And enjoy the restaurants and bars, full of enthusiastic golfers.