With a great golf course in a natural setting, we look forward to hosting your golfing guests. Be it social golf, weekend get-away, golf tours or tournaments, Mbombela golf course is suited for golfers of all types and talent and we ensure you that you will have an enjoyable golfing experience. After golf one can enjoy the spacious clubhouse offering showering, bar and entertainment facilities.
We are determined to present a well manicured, fair test, rewarding golf course and supply the professional service in an environment that matches this setting. Serve every member and patron as a friend, making them feel a part of our family, ensuring they enjoy our facility and the atmosphere that is our club. Strive to improve the golfing experience and maintain the ethics and ethos of this grand old game. About
Nelspruit Golf Club was founded in November 1928 and moved to its present location in 1939. The bushveld course is a Bob Grimsdell design, built among rocky outcrops of land in the suburbs of Nelspruit, and the course has a curious history. It was originally a 9-hole golf course for nearly 30 years before Grimsdell returned to complete the second nine in 1967-68. The course was left largely untouched until 1998 when Peter Matcovitch upgraded the course and the adjacent “Matumi Golf Estate” was established.
Nelspruit (Mbombela) is the capital city of the province of Mpumalanga. The city lies in the fertile valley of the Crocodile River, 330km (205.06 miles) east of Johannesburg in the hot and humid Lowveld.
The history of this beautiful, fast growing metropolitan area dates back to 1892 with the construction of a railway station up the Crocodile River valley. Built on a farm owned by the Nel family, the place Nelspruit (Nels stream) attracted traders and farmers in high profile because of the natural richness of the soil, adequate water for irrigation and a level valley floor.
Nelspruit Golf Club is famous for hosting the annual Jock of the Bushveld Festival of Golf, considered the biggest amateur tournament of its kind in the world. Started in 1968, it has grown to the extent where some 800 amateurs from far and wide play more than 2 000 rounds during a week in May.
In close proximity to the club is the Kruger National Park. This is one of the world’s biggest and best-stocked game reserves, with Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) present in abundant numbers. The Malelane Gate, southern access to the Kruger Park, is about 60km (37.28 miles) away and is a must visit for both international and local visitors after their game of golf with us.
Renowned for its excellent putting surfaces, magnificent birdlife, warm hospitality and efficient service, Nelspruit Golf Club is a great golfing destination easily located off three major routes.
The Jock History
In 1967 J.J. Van Rensburg and Rip Riphagen created a new topic of conversation in the pub at the Nelspruit Golf Club – a place where most bright ideas originate. Lively discussion ensued amongst the “manne” for many a memorable evening with major contributions from Christo Basson and Ken Myers and the concept of Jock was born.
The idea was taken to Committee where it was met with very mixed feelings, however, months of pub discussions had armed the proponents of Jock with very persuasive arguments and Jock’s birth became official. The first Jock was played from Thursday to Sunday and consisted of two 18 hole competitions each day with the 36 hole Lowveld Open on the Sunday. In 1969 Jock was extended to include Wednesday. It was not unusual in those early jocks for players to be called to the tee for the afternoon competition while still battling up the 18th hole of the morning round. In 1973 the tournament was changed to its present format, including the Tuesdays from 1977 and the Monday from 1981. A feature of the first Jock was the presence of Bobby Locke who entertained us with his ukulele until 4.00am on Sunday morning then curled up in the lounge and went to sleep. He was awakened for his tee off time but informed Ken Myers that he required some “hair of the dog”. He duly retired to the pub for a “few” gins after which the old maestro recorded a 141 gross for the day and Ken retired to bed – for the day!
Jock has not only survived since those early days, indeed it has prospered and since 1969 the tournament has been oversubscribed each year. Currently approximately 2 000 rounds of golf are played over the week by 800 competitors and it is reputed to be the largest amateur tournament of its kind in the world.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then it speaks volumes that even with the advent of the “Barberton Daisy” the “Lalapalm”, the “Kameeldoring” and numerous other similar tournaments, the Jock retains its reputation for being the best.
It is not just a golf tournament but a meeting place where friendships are made and renewed some spanning the entire 20 years.