Unique to South Africa, The Links golf course was officially opened in November 2000, by owner Dr Hasso Plattner and course designer, Gary Player.
Created from a previously flat piece of land, over 750,000 cubic metres of earth was moved in, transforming it into a typical links style. The course presents undulating windswept terrain, and dune-style landscape and is the only such course in South Africa.
The resulting aura, created by hand-planted grasses on sandy mounds, is that of a pure links, despite the inland location. Ten hectares of wetlands were introduced.
Every hole has received detailed attention to ensure that the overall balance in terms of length, position of hazards and shot values are in harmony. As a result, The Links presents a stern test in all weather conditions.
Set to test the best golfer in every way, The Links has some extraordinary holes, like the par-three second, with its bunker in the heart of the enormous green. Gary Player said, ÂWe included the bunker to break it up, but the front left of the green is severely sloped, so the golfer can use the contours to get the ball near the flag. You will never be stymied by the trap.Â
In a first for South Africa, the tees and fairways are a mix of four cool season grasses: Kentucky Blue, Rye, Fescue and Bent, with the greens a dominant Bent. These grasses allow for the traditional Pitch and Run shot to be played and also for the ball to ÂchaseÂ along the fairways.
ItÂs tough, and it will bring out the best in the professionals in the Volvo Champions, and it will be spectacular to watch them playing on it.