EBOTSE LINKS – GAUTENG
Peter Matkovich has drawn much acclaim for his links-style design at the upmarket Ebotse estate in Benoni, where he used vast quantities of sand from a disused quarry to create a masterpiece of a layout that is unique to the Gauteng region. A few years ago the golf club elected to add the word Links to their name to convey to golfers how proud they were of this connection. It is ranked No 32 in the Golf Digest Top 100.
Standing on the tee of the first hole, with dunes lining each side of the fairway, and another towering behind the green, it’s easy to convince yourself that you could be in Ireland or Scotland. The links design theme continues throughout all 18 holes, although some stand out more than others.
Built on the site of a quarry, and adjoining a large dam which is used for watersports, Ebotse Links offers a great deal of variety from one hole to the next. The terrain undulates on the first nine, while the par-3 11th is played from a high tee to a green perched far below on the edge of another large dam. That’s followed by a lengthy par 5 which skirts the water’s edge from tee to green, and then a short par 4 where you can drive the green. It’s exciting stuff!
Ebotse have recently completed an upgrade to their clubhouse, with R12 million spent on refurbishments which have transformed the double-storey building, creating more space and outdoor areas overlooking the dam. They have also appointed a new CEO, Stephan Vorster, formerly the estate manager. Memorable hole: There are many at Ebotse, but many like the short par-3 eighth, with its elevated green set against a backdrop of the main dam. Golf Director: Craig Stickling.