Right from the earliest design sketches Highland Gate golf course promised to be a truly spectacular visual experience. Now, some 10 years after Ernie first visited this beautiful site, the course does justice both to its designer’s vision and the wonderful location. “Whenever I go back to Highland Gate I’m always taken aback by the sheer beauty of this place,” comments Ernie. “There is a grandeur to this scenery that reminds me of the Scottish Highlands; a place such as Gleneagles, for instance. It has that same epic scale with expansive views that seem to go on forever. And the cool-season grasses we have here bless the course with an amazing vibrancy. Take it from me, a world class golf course in such a unique and special setting as this is a rare combination.”
Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate has recently been acquired and re-launched by Century Property Developments and is providing investors with the opportunity of purchasing a weekend getaway property in South Africa’s most exclusive golf and fly fishing resort for the whole family. There is, however, a limited number of only 174 investor stands available selling from as low as R715,000.
The Highland Gate estate spans 700 hectares of which only 30 per cent will be developed. The residential component consists of 455 prime stands ranging between 770m² and 1900m² with the remainder of the property left in its natural state for residents to enjoy nature at its best. It is the perfect weekend retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, the focus is not only on the championship level golf course but also the wealth of leisure activities the estate offers, including hiking trails, fly fishing, mountain biking, picnicking, swimming and bird watching to ensure the whole family is catered for in this rare and tranquil setting.
“Due to the fact that Century was able to obtain Highland Gate Estate at a significantly lower market value, we are able to pass on the value and offer the stands at this discounted price, which will never be repeated. If this were a greenfield development, the stands would sell in excess of R2 million each. We envisage the property values to double and get to those values in the near future. Investors can also purchase properties in a syndicate to enjoy their weekend getaway with close friends or family,” says Mark Corbett, CEO of Century Property Developments.
“At Century Property Developments, we recognized a remarkable opportunity to leverage what we believe is among the finest golf designs in the country and open it up to the public by launching a strategic investment strategy of completing the development infrastructure and constructing a new 12km tarred access road and state-of-the-art golf clubhouse, unlocking true value for investors. With these improvements and a limited number of properties available, Highland Gate is South Africa’s best-kept golf secret. Along with a strong operations team, we have partnered with the Ernie Els Design team who have built us what could be one of the country’s best golf courses, allowing us to leverage the quality of this association with Ernie’s brand to offer a world class experience to visitors and residents,” concludes Mark.
Located only 2½ hours from Johannesburg, nestled in the Steenkampsberg mountain range near Dullstroom, the Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate boasts the ideal offering for an investor looking to own their piece of nature and have the most sought after Ernie Els signature golf course on their doorstep. As a test of golf, Highland Gate is challenging and fair, with dramatic changes in elevation that add aesthetic and strategic value. Multiple teeing areas and strategic hazard placement mean it is the kind of layout that can be enjoyed by players of all standards, which is one of the defining principles of the Ernie Els Design philosophy. From the tips it is, quite rightly, a test for the best.
“Another of the things I love about Highland Gate,” says Ernie, “is that with every hole you play the views go in different directions. In terms if conditioning, the attention to detail is of the highest standard and the quality of the greens are right up there with the very best putting surfaces in South Africa. The feedback we’ve had indicates that it is the sort of course that people want to play over and over. As a golf course designer, that’s music to my ears.”