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We are the only Inland Links course in South Africa. The greens and fairways are superb. It is quiet, peaceful and a wonderfully designed course. The compliments from players continue to pour in. A definite destination stop on any persons bucket list.

Previously the average golfer may have been rather intimidated by some of the challenging holes found at Ebotse Links. The good news is that Peter Matkovich agreed with you and the result is that we have made a number of changes to our much loved course, Ebotse Links, to make your game that much more playable and enjoyable, regardless of your handicap.


HOLE-BY-HOLE OVERVIEW

HOLE 1

HOLE 1



A great starting hole that sets the stage for the links golf experience. Given the sense of being in a channel, you could be on any golf course in Scotland, with nothing to break your view of the horizon. The fairway is framed by traditional links mounds which ensure that most shots feed into the fairway from both sides of the target area. All that’s required off the tee is a fairway wood or long iron, as you take aim for the first bunker on the right of the green. For the daring who want to get off to a flying start, taking a driver down the left of the fairway will set the scene for a simple pitch into the green. The correct yardage is essential, or the well-protected amphitheatre green will penalise an errant shot.

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HOLE 2

HOLE 2



Hole 2 is arguably on the highest point of the Ebotse golf course, with the elevated tee exposing you to the prevailing wind. Take a moment to appreciate the wonderful view of the Estate, then focus on the job in hand. This hole is well bunkered and the size of the green and pin placement option make it the most challenging par 3 on the course. A mid to long iron will be the club of choice as you aim for the heart of the green.

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HOLE 3

HOLE 3



Characterised by its big greenside swale, this hole highlights the strategy requirement of links golf. Hole 3 is all about setting yourself up for the best possible second shot. The front pin placement makes this particularly challenging. A slight dogleg to the left will require a fairway wood or even a hybrid off the tee. For those brave golfers, a driver down the left hand side with a slight draw will test your nerve and should leave you attacking the green with a short iron.

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HOLE 4

HOLE 4



Hole 4 is the toughest on the course. This is confirmed by the fact that it is stroke 1 on the card! The change in elevation epitomises a links course and a long drive is required. The green has three separate tiers and is protected by the greenside swales and slopes on the green that will challenge the best of putters. Selecting the correct yardage and club is essential. A two putt is always satisfying and a par will always look great on your scorecard.

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HOLE 5

HOLE 5



A straight but long par 5 that requires three precisely struck shots. The undulating green is the real protection on this hole, which offers a great opportunity to record a birdie. Club selection off the tee will set up your strategy for this hole. A driver will bring the fairway bunkers into play and any ball that lies on the fairway will allow you to attack the green in two.

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HOLE 6

HOLE 6



This is one of the trickier holes on the course, playing slightly uphill and making the hole play longer. Here it’s necessary to favour the right hand side off the tee. A driver is the club of choice and a ball placed on the right hand side of the fairway will give you an easier approach shot to the green. This is also one of the smallest greens on the course and is well protected by two pot bunkers in front of the green,

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HOLE 7

HOLE 7



This is one of the trickier holes on the course, playing slightly uphill and making the hole play longer. Here it’s necessary to favour the right hand side off the tee. A driver is the club of choice and a ball placed on the right hand side of the fairway will give you an easier approach shot to the green. This is also one of the smallest greens on the course and is well protected by two pot bunkers in front of the green,

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HOLE 8

HOLE 8



Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of the Rynfield Dam from this raised tee, perched on the edge of this vast expanse of water and protected by bunkers on both sides. A precisely struck short iron should get you onto the green, but make sure not to miss the green, as any errant shot will be penalised.

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HOLE 9

HOLE 9


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This hole follows the banks of the Rynfield Dam. The landing area is well protected, which requires some thought with the tee shot. There are numerous bunkers to negotiate, so length off the tee is not important — it’s all about accuracy. A long iron or fairway wood will place you with a short iron into a long green.

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HOLE 10

HOLE 10



This opening hole of the back nine represents everything you can expect from a links course. Here it’s once again important to choose the correct club off the tee. This is one of those occasions when a long drive will get you into trouble. You’re negotiating a gentle dogleg to the left with the target line being the pot bunker short of the green. Just past the hump in the fairway is a 30 metres dip and any ball that feeds down to the bottom leaves a blind shot to the flag. Using a fairway wood or hybrid off the tee will leave you in the perfect position to get a full view of the green but a longer iron in.

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HOLE 11

HOLE 11



This is a real beauty! Don’t be fooled by the distance measurement — while the hole plays on average around 150 metres, the dramatic drop of 30 metres will add to the complicated calculation in determining your club selection. With the green framed with water and sand, take a deep breath and commit to the shot!

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HOLE 12

HOLE 12



Possibly the best advice for this fantastic par 5 is to plan the hole backwards. Try to leave yourself with a 100 metres in for your third. In very simple terms, two 5 irons will get you there comfortably and a wedge for your third takes much of the trouble out of play. But hey, don’t listen to me! If you start feeling a sense of anxiety – welcome to Ebotse’s “Amen Corner”.

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HOLE 13

HOLE 13



This driveable par 4 is fraught with danger. A fairway bunker hugs the right hand side of the fairway from the tee all the way to the green. A host of pot bunkers protect the left hand side of the fairway. Any ball hit to the left will feed down to the middle of the fairway. You either hit driver or six iron, depending on your strategy and the strength of your game. Good luck!

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HOLE 14

HOLE 14



The green is what this hole is all about. Two good shots are needed to get you there on this long par 4. The protection on this hole is provided by the grassy swales that surround the green and a green that tilts quite significantly from back to front, requiring a deft touch with your SW if you miss the green. A driver will place you in a good position on the fairway. Favour the right hand side of the fairway to benefit from the large landing area. Club selection into the green must be accurate, as any ball left above the flag will leave you with a testing putt.

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HOLE 15

HOLE 15



This hole generally plays the shortest of the four par 3’s, but requires a precise short iron into a narrow, long green that is well below the surface of the tee. The green has a large bunker protecting both the front and right side and a pot bunker to the left. Club selection will be influenced by the elevation change and the wind direction.

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HOLE 16

HOLE 16



Keep an eye out for the resident herd of springboks! Save your best drive for this hole. The bunker on the left hand side is a sighter — only very long hitters can reach it. A tough second shot needs to pitch on the green, as the elevation in the front of the green doesn’t really allow for a low-flighted shot to make it onto the green. The green has two tiers running from left to right. Placing your ball on the right level is essential if you want to leave yourself an opportunity to only have two putts.

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HOLE 17

HOLE 17



The opening for the 17th hole will really test your nerve as you try to close out a successful round of golf. The Rynfield Dam hugs the left hand side of the fairway and well-placed fairway bunkers require a well struck tee shot. There’s a reason this hole is stroke 2.

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HOLE 18

HOLE 18



A par 5 which can enable a long hitter to finish in style with a birdie. The second shot is vitally important to get yourself into a position to attack the flag. You can expect lots of tension on this green, under the keen observation of the spectators on the balcony of the clubhouse. After a picture-perfect ending, join them for a cold one.

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COURSE INFORMATION
PLAYABILITY, CONSISTENCY, TRANQUILLITY

There are a couple of tough but memorable holes at Ebotse Links. Hole 14 is a Par 4, Stroke 6 – a hole that golfers regard as tough. You are often playing into the most common prevailing wind and the landing seems tight due to the view from the tee box, but once you are out on the fairway you realise the landing area is rather wide. Also, anything can happen on our finishing holes - 15, 16, 17, and 18. You can compare it to playing a US Open course, where things can quickly change down the stretch, especially if you are having a friendly game between your playing partners. You can be in the lead and when you wipe your eyes after finishing Hole 18 things may have changed.

The Last four holes are simply superb, something special and a must play!

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EBOTSE LINKS PRO SHOP

In addition to our Championship Golf Course and 5 star Facilities we have a pro shop that caters for all the golfing needs of members and visitors. The golf Shop is managed and owned by PGA Professional Craig Stickling, boasts the newest styles in men’s, ladies and juniors apparel along with the latest technology in golf Equipment. The Golf Shop also caters for all the residents on the estate with tennis and squash accessories. The Friendly staff will ensure you are looked after 6 days a week with whatever your needs are.

For all golf bookings and fitting call us on 087 285 3555.

Contact Craig Stickling on proshop@ebotselinks.com for all your golfing and leisure needs.

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