Note: the course has re-opened for visitors, with social distancing and Covid-19 safety guidelines
In the middle of the gushing waters of the Vaal River on the border of the Free State and the North West Province, rests an island of incomparable quiet and beauty.
On this island, the new and stately Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate promises a novel kind of lifestyle experience, second to none.
The Estate is merely an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and once on the island, it is uncanny how swiftly the flurry of city-life is forgotten and left behind. Besides exquisite housing and relaxation facilities to delight in, the estate also plays host to the first Nick Price Signature Golf Course in the country.
One of the Estate’s main inspirations is Nick Price, the South African born Zimbabwean who has, among dozens of wins, bagged the Open Championship and the PGA Championship – the latter more than once. In the mid-nineties he was regarded as the best player in the world. Known as one of the kindest fellows in the gentlemen’s game, he has persisted to play a great game – and these days his knowledge of golf courses is put to first-class value as a designer. Over the last decade Nick has collaborated on the design of ten golf courses with Steve Smyers, Craig Schreiner, Tommy Fazio and Tom Fazio. He is now working on his own through his own company, Nick Price Golf Course Design, on projects such as this in the United States and other international sites. Nowhere is his expertise clearly more visible than at Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate – the first full championship course designed by Nick Price in South Africa.