Akabeko Boutique Hotel Golf Course.

I know I’ve been gone for a while, and maybe you haven’t even noticed I’ve been missing so I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve achieved so far.

You do remember I was off to design and build a 9 hole golf course? Well that’s where I’ve been and still there. A big problem is a lack of internet and cell phone signals, so I have to climb a hill (at my age it feels like a mountain) to do anything on the internet.


The design accepted I climbed into the construction. Lydenburg district is well known for rain that can last for weeks, so it was eyes down and go for it while it’s dry.


The setting of the course is breath taking and with spots like this for tee boxes it is not difficult to design a course with character. (I have sworn at myself for some of the holes)


The 9th is a short hole, but has the most perfect view of the club house and chalets.


The 8th is one of the par fives and two long shots might just see you on the green, but they will have to be good shots.


The 6th is probably to be considered an intimidating hole, hitting off the tee between the trees with a dog leg left to the green, bunker protected is actually easier than it seems. (If I can play it everyone else should be able to.)

And one last photo of the area, breath taking to say the least….


I am ahead of the construction time line, but the rainy season has just begun so we might just see you more often.


49 thoughts on “Akabeko Boutique Hotel Golf Course.

  1. Not a golfer but appreciate good design and environmental landscape/constructions/stuff. Fascinating post. Lots of math and maybe physics involved as well as knowledge and skill with the game. A puzzle involving people or an obstacle course game with mandatory stunts. Looks complex, but fun. Can’t wait to see how it goes

  2. Hey hey hey … I’ve been on blog break, so you post. 😉 … As a golfer, I appreciate seeing you design. Great last pic to see the overview. What are you see as the total yardage? Keep up the good work!!!!

  3. You have been missed but I understand life getting in the way. This sounds like a very interesting project Bulldog. Would love to see photos when it is completed.

    • Thanks Alf… you know what it feels like to achieve something of this nature… specially in SA where everyone wants a known name to design the course, I have been privileged to get this and the achievement in the end will be very special…

  4. Good to hear from you Rob. It looks like a great natural setting for a golf course. As well as the existing trees, I see you are building in a number of bunkers and doglegs to add to the challenge. How long will the course be?

    • The course is 3000 m long, bit short but I’ve included some difficult holes, some that will make one think and others that are intimidating… but overall I’m very proud of my design… there are a lot of bunkers to come still that will increase the challenge…

      • Off my increasingly high handicap, 3000m for nine holes is long enough for me. Bunkers are my nemeses…I say fill them all in…lol. I look forward to seeing more pictures of your latest venture.

  5. Thank you for your update, bulldog. It’s always great to hear from you. Your project looks wonderful! I wish you much continued success and envision a legacy of thousands of golfers thanking you for creating such an experience for them.

  6. So good to hear from you! Isn’t it wonderful to create something from nothing? 😀 Hope you are all doing well and give Linda a great big hug!

  7. Good to hear from you, and glad the project is going well. I had a good chuckle about the rocks. Imagine a drive landing on one of those, who knows where it would end up. 🙂

    • You got that right… one of my big problems are the rocks, but we will rid the fairways of them, so stay on the fairway the rough might just be rougher than you think…

  8. wahoo! So good to get a posting from you – I was getting worried. You sure have been busy, not that I profess to know anything at all about golf courses or the design of but looks darn impressive! Welcome back 🙂

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