Royal Swazi Spa Country Club
Situated across South Africa’s Eastern border lies the Kingdom of Swaziland where the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club is perfectly nested within the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).
This golf course is home to pure parkland variety and magnificent fairways lined by a dazzling array of trees and scrubs. The course layout has been revamped by the worldrenowned architect Peter Matkovich.
With a proud history being the longest serving host on the Southern African Pro Tour, this course has seen the likes of Ernie Els and John Daly crowned as champions on its 18th green. While the pros might make a mockery of par here, none suggest that the course is “too easy”.
The willing Royal Swazi caddies are a major attraction, each full of advice that should be heeded. Be warned, the layout’s hilly terrain will test the legs, particularly the 11th hole, a par-four sweeping up the aptly named “Thrombosis Hill”. This is an iron-player’s course, with mainly the medium to short varieties under scrutiny. You are likely to experience at least one pressure shot – that played from the 10th tee. On this short par-four, the tee shot must clear a ravine before finding the wide fairway. Survive this and perhaps the 17th, a par-five where the approach shot must be played over the lake, and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by your score.
Many golfers have scored their lowest rounds on this quaint course, and most play to their handicaps quite comfortably. The romantic colonial architecture and wonderful gardens of Sun International’s Royal Swazi Spa makes for a very luxurious setting, while Lugogo Sun has its own particular charm. Both hotels have superb food and services, couched in evocative African themes. Guests can take their choice from energetic pursuits of horse riding, mountain climbing and hiking, or relax around the wonderful swimming pool, play tennis, bowls or squash, or just rejuvenate at the premier spa.