Get cheap Golf Club Membership at Gooderson Leisure Monks Cowl Golf Resort for only R795 per year!
The Gooderson Leisure Monks Cowl Golf Resort boasts a 9 hole, 18 tee golf course is certainly one of the most scenic with views of the magnificent Champagne Valley – including Monks Cowl itself, which is between the towering Champagne Castle and Cathkin Mountains and took on its name because it resembles a cleric’s attire – from every tee.
This 9 hole, 18 tee, par 72 Golf Course plays 5559m (Club) and 5738m (Championship). The front 9 of the course offers 1x Par3, 7x Par4 and 1x Par5 with a total distance of 2856m (Club) and 2927m (Championship). The back 9 of the course offers 3x Par3, 3x Par4, and 3x Par5 with a total distance of 2703m (Club) and 2811m (Championship).
The mild summer climate coupled with the spectacular backdrop of the Drakensberg make many of the golf courses in the region an attractive option – none more so than the recently upgraded Monks Cowl course. Regarded as one of the Drakensberg’s top 10 courses.
It serves as the perfect introduction to the 260,000 hectare Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage site and the Mdedelo wilderness area. The course itself has a couple of dams and a river. It is generally level. The fifth hole is accessed via a swing bridge which crosses the gorge at Hattingspruit. The fairways are planted with Kikuyu, and the greens with Cynodon dactylon. For those golfers still at “caddy” status or wanting some good exercise in the crisp mountain air, there’s a pleasant walk around the course. Alternatively motorised golf cars are available.
The Monks Cowl Country Club started out in 1973 and currently has a membership of around 60. Those who become members at only R795 a year now have a choice of national or local SAGA (South African Golf Association) affiliation which comes with an official SAGA handicap card. The best news of all is that resident guests get golf membership rates included with their stays! The upgrade of the Monks Cowl course came shortly after the resort became part of the respected Gooderson Leisure Group. It wasn’t the well-known hospitality group’s first foray into golf – which means that Monks Cowl certainly benefited from experience gleaned at the extremely popular Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort which is the Southern Drakensberg’s only 18 hole golf course.
After a round of golf, guests can enjoy the quirky, yet substantial menu at the Friar Tuck Restaurant & Pub. Enjoy some the tasty meals on offer, such as the curry or every popular ox tail.
After dinner, the bar crowd arrives to trade stories of the day’s play.
One of the best things about Monks Cowl is that it is well within striking distance, at just four hours from Johannesburg and two and a half hours from Durban. This makes it the perfect place for a weekend away or even a family break. The renovated golf course is also an added plus for seminars and conferences, providing the perfect way to network and unwind. The resort’s conference room easily accommodates between 50 and 60 guests. For those who don’t want to step up to the tee, there are plenty of outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy.
Facilities within a 15 kilometre radius include horse riding, paintball, trout fishing, river rafting, quad biking and bowling greens as well as a bird of prey display centre and the world renowned Drakensburg Boys Choir. On site there is tennis, putt putt, and two swimming pools plus kiddies facilities.