Where they’re playing in South Africa this week: Serengeti Estates

Apr 10, 2024 | Featured, Features, Sunshine Tour

The Sunshine Tour season will finish on a high with the exclusive R2-million Tour Championship at the magnificent Serengeti Estates.

The top 50 available professionals on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit will battle it out on this Jack Nicklaus Signature course which was opened in 2009. Situated in the heart of a popular residential estate in the Johannesburg region, Serengeti Estates boasts a rugged, grassland look and feel.

Undulating fairways, strategically placed bunkers and large multi-tiered greens combine to make this course a serious challenge. The water hazards come into play on eight holes. Routed in a figure of eight with each hole pointing in a different compass direction and each loop returning to the clubhouse, the course was developed with tournament play in mind.

The short par-five eighth, with water running all the way down the right-hand side of the fairway, and an island green, is the much talked-about signature hole. Another notable hole is the opening par-five third, which is one of the longest in Gauteng at 619m.

Serengeti is certainly a worthy host of the prestigious end-of-season Sunshine Tour event and players will also be spoilt for choice at the multi-faceted clubhouse which boasts several lounges, bars and two restaurants.


  • Jaco Ahlers will be in the field to defend his title. In 2023 he closed with a 71 and a total of 17-under-par to claim his 11th Sunshine Tour victory.
  • The course hosted the SA Open in 2011, won by Hennie Otto, and in 2012 when Henrik Stenson lifted the trophy.
  • Serengeti was the fifth golf course designed by the Jack Nicklaus in South Africa.

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