Designed George Peck, Major S.V.Hotchkin, Peter Matkovich
Course Type Parkland
Holes 18
Length Men – 6288 metres
Ladies – 5337 metres
Championship – 6820 metres
Par 72
SAGA Rating 71
Grass Bent

Maccauvlei Golf Club was established in 1926. The original architect was George Peck. The finishing touches were credited to Major S.V.Hotchkin in 1929, one of an illustrious trinity of British course designers, who was responsible for Humewood in Port Elizabeth.


Maccauvlei became known as the only ” Inland Links” golf course in the world, and was referred to as the “queen of inland links”. It was a real seaside course though no sea was visible. If you wanted a bunker all you had to do was dig a hole. Maccauvlei hosted four South African Open Championships in the 1920’s to 1940’s.

As history shows us, no golf course is ever complete, and Maccauvlei golf course undertook a major reconstruction under the watchful eye of the renowned golf course architect, Peter Matkovich. His brief was to restore rather than rebuild, and to retain the links origins that built its reputation. The result is a course essentially parkland in style with link like characteristics.

Although the front nine has several memorable holes, it is the closing holes on the back nine which are its piece de resistance. It has been said that the six-hole stretch from 13 onwards is as good and as lovely as anything that this golf-rich land of ours can offer ( Phillip Galgut, Compleat Golfer Nov 1997). One of the most famous holes on the course is the par-4 17th , with its giant bunker sloping up from the fairway towards the green, and in its day reputed to be the largest in the world.

Today Maccauvlei still holds its own in the top 50 courses in the country, and according to Golf Digest offers the best “play” value versus cost per round among these top courses. Golfers can enjoy their game in peaceful and natural setting of trees and various wildlife including a variety of birds.
Make your next stop MACCAUVLEI.