DRAK­ENS­BERG RETREAT

MA­JES­TIC MOUN­TAIN GOLF IN MPUMALANGA

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 6/15 -

High­land Gate in Mpumalanga.

Sev­eral years have passed since Ernie Els com­pleted the de­sign of the High­land Gate course on a res­i­den­tial es­tate in the Drak­ens­berg es­carp­ment of Mpumalanga, just a few hours by car from the heart of Gaut­eng. It is now of­fi­cially open for play, and at­tract­ing rave re­views from those who have been there.

Get­ting to High­land Gate in the be­gin­ning re­quired a bakkie or 4x4 to tra­verse a rough coun­try road from nearby Dull­stroom, but Cen­tury Prop­erty De­vel­op­ments, who ac­quired the once bank­rupt es­tate and re­launched it as a get­away des­ti­na­tion, have had the road graded and sur­faced, so that the jour­ney is now an easy and pleas­ant one.

High­land Gate, with its nu­mer­ous el­e­va­tion changes amidst hilly Drak­ens­berg ter­rain, is an ex­cit­ing course to play, of­fer­ing a mul­ti­tude of chal­lenges from first hole to last. Cool sea­son grasses on the fair­ways make it playable all year round.

Els first vis­ited the site 10 years ago, and he loves the lo­ca­tion. “It re­minds me of the Scot­tish High­lands, a place such as Gle­nea­gles. The ex­pan­sive views seem to go on for­ever.”

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