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the home for SA’s first Els Club, Ernie Els said: “Right from the start we recog­nised this as a fan­tas­tic site for a golf course. It’s a beau­ti­ful part of the world with great views of the Ma­galies­berg moun­tain range, which lends it­self to the use of the nat­u­ral fea­tures of the land­scape and pro­tect­ing all that the environment has to of­fer. We knew that with the right part­ners we could cre­ate some­thing unique and that it would be the best place to open the first Els Club in the coun­try. This has been a very spe­cial golf course de­sign project for me per­son­ally. I would go so far as to say that the Els Club Cop­per­leaf en­cap­su­lates, in one desti­na­tion, every­thing that I love about fam­ily liv­ing in a coun­try club environment. The course rep­re­sents a fair and en­joy­able test for golfers of all stan­dards.”

The golf course is set among grass­lands and rocks and has its share of clear fair­ways, de­mand­ing bunkers and water haz­ards. A golf per­for­mance cen­tre of­fers the ex­per­tise and modern tech­nol­ogy to as­sist play­ers of all lev­els and ages with their skills.

Els said that the Els Club Cop­per­leaf has be­come one of a premier col­lec­tion of golf cour­ses that bear his name, each of which em­bod­ies the char­ac­ter of some of the world’s most im­por­tant golf des­ti­na­tions, with fa­cil­i­ties and stan­dards in­spired by the very best of the golf clubs he has played in his 20-plus years tour­ing the world as a pro­fes­sional golfer.

“With the new full-ser­vice club­house, which of­fers great food, a re­laxed and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere as well as the spa and gym, cricket ground and in­door and out­door swim­ming pools, we couldn’t be more proud of what has been achieved here. It is bound to be­come a pop­u­lar and sought af­ter ad­dress,” he said.

Cop­per­leaf car­ries the her­itage of be­ing built on land once lived on by Ernie Els’s grand­fa­ther, and the ac­claim of be­ing the sec­ond Els Club to be es­tab­lished glob­ally. The de­vel­op­ment has its own water treat­ment works that re­cy­cles grey and sew­er­age water for the ir­ri­ga­tion of the golf course, and 2 700 trees are be­ing planted to add to the ex­ist­ing park, wet­lands and grass­lands.

It is also worth men­tion­ing that Cop­per­leaf is home to a num­ber of pro­tected species, in­clud­ing the gi­ant bull frog and the African grass owl. Price: Stands from R375 000 to R1,5m Con­tact: Cop­per­leaf sales of­fice 012 0720 200

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