Legend GC

Legends golf course plays to a par of 72 and is a championship course designed by eighteen of the world’s top golfers. It is the longest golf course in South Africa. The course plays to 7,748 metres for tournaments, making it one of the longest in the world.

Set on the legendary 22 000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the course has flowing fairways which wind through the open grasslands and dense bush.

The sheer scale of the golf course, with gently undulating greens and strategic bunkering ensures a unique golfing experience with breathtaking views of the Waterberg mountains as a backdrop. On any given hole, a range of 5 tees allows the golf course to be set up with many challenges.

Hole 1 – Trevor Immelman
Par 5, 586 metres
A double dogleg featuring the South African’s dramatic St Andrews-like swale short left of the green, which will leave a tricky choice between exacting pitch, bump-and-run and ‘Texas wedge’.

Hole 2 – Thomas Bjorn
Par 4, 485 metres
Bjorn was keen to create a memorable early test early in the round and he’s done just that with an approach played to a deep green backed by a ‘wrap-around’ lake that creates a stunning peninsula effect.

Hole 3 – Jim Furyk
Par 4, 447 metres
A classic risk-and-reward ploy with Furyk tempting us to take an aggressive line from the tee to avoid treacherous bunkers at standard driving distance and ensure an easier and shorter shot to the green.

Hole 4 – Bernhard Langer
Par 3, 209 metres
The shortest hole at Legend, with clusters of natural bushes framing the putting surface.Langer’s input focused on the set-up of the green, in particular a deceptive ‘false front’ that will gather any tentative shot.

Hole 5 – Michael Campbell
Par 4, 474 metres
The longest par 4 features Cambo’s macho challenge of a 310-metre carry from the back tee over a bunker to the ideal landing area. Two perfect shots to reach the picturesque green at the extremity of the layout.

Hole 6 – Colin Montgomerie
Par 4, 461 metres
Monty demanded “clarity of strategy” here, and sure enough, a Monty-like long fade to a snaking downhill fairway will set you up, while another fade with the approach should avoid the left-hand greenside traps.

Hole 7 – Mike Weir
Par 3, 215 metres
Weir focused on the variety of lengths and the angle of the tee positions to ensure that all players would appreciate this short hole. Chipping areas left and long highlightWeir’s fondness for short-game challenges.

Hole 8 – Camilo Villegas
Par 4, 400 metres
A teaser defined by the Colombian’s risk-reward conundrum. The brave will attempt the 260-metre carry over a steep-faced, links-style bunker to set up a birdie chance, while a wide fairway greets the amateur line.

Hole 9 – Justin Rose
Par 5, 592 metres
Rose has made the most of the vast vista here with a downhill drive that must avoid a lake on one side and bunkers on the other. The second shot is a gem over distance-deceiving undulations to a water-guarded green.

Hole 10 – Padraig Harrington
Par 4, 451 metres
Harrington admits he was inspired by Hogan’s Alley at Carnoustie for the ideal drive here to set up a shorter pitch to the green. A finger of fairway on the tiger line duly tempts your tee shot down Padraig’s Alley.

Hole 11 – Raphael Jaquelin
Par 5, 568 metres
Hanglip Mountain dominates this hole played gently uphill from a tee in a natural wetland area. Jacquelin’s bunkers define this double dogleg which will be made reachable in two for tournament play.

Hole 12 – Ian Woosnam
Par 3, 250 metres
he longest par 3 on the course finds the Welshman carefully shaping the entrance to the green so as to encourage the shorter hitter to run the ball between cavernous guarding bunkers.

Hole 13 – Luke Donald
Par 4, 456 metres
A slightly uphill tee shot to an attractive fairway where a controversial tree is still under discussion. Donald asked for the green contours to counter the prevailing wind direction to allow confident approach play.

Hole 14 – Robert Allenby
Par 4, 480 metres
A dogleg involving a memorable drive framed by the open plains to a landing area defined by large, daunting bunkers. Allenby insisted on firm bunker slopes to guide errant balls back towards the base of the traps.

Hole 15 – Vijay Singh
Par 4, 439 metres
Played through the layout’s most dense vegetation – and yet the contouring is almost linksy in places. Vijay even added a cheeky pot bunker short of the green to catch a less-than perfect approach.

Hole 16 – Sergio Garcia
Par 4, 463 metres
Garcia demanded a back-tee carry of 265 metres over exotic mounding to tempt the pros down the ideal line, while his generous contouring around the green also encourages aggressive play. A great birdie chance.

Hole 17 – K.J. Choi
Par 3, 195 metres
Framed by the reddish hue of Hanglip Mountain, Choi felt that strategy at this picturebook par 3 should not detract from the exceptional location. Not overly testing but still requiring a well-struck shot to a shallow green.

Hole 18 – Retief Goosen
Par 5, 577 metres
he course climaxes with a downhill drive between bunkers before a decision on tackling a transverse lake which Goosen enlarged and brought closer to the green – complete with an Augusta-like grassy slope.

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