Situated on the outskirts of Lusaka, a short drive from the Lusaka International Airport, is the new Bonanza Golf Estate. Developed by Union Gold Zambia, this project offers golfers a world class 18 hole golf course with practice facilities, club house restaurant and conference facilities, some real estate opportunities, and coming in the near future, also a hotel and spa. Added to this, there are some great opportunities for walking and cycling paths for residents through the lush African landscape, rich in bird life.
The course was created on a very gently sloped piece of old farm land, with great soil, beautiful mature trees, creating a truly African Bushveld feel. The course consists of two loops of nine holes, starting and finishing at the clubhouse, with each loop are also further broken into separate 3 hole and 6 hole stretches starting and finishing in close proximity to the clubhouse, providing the perfect opportunity for some early morning or late afternoon golf, on either 3 holes, 6 holes or nine holes.
The aim of the design was to provide a course which golfers could enjoy. Different tees providing a longer or shorter course, generous fairways, and interesting and challenging greens complexes, which can be set up to be very inviting and forgiving, or more challenging – a few typical “Sunday afternoon” tournament pin placements, protected by water or sand or some undulating contours. The course provides a great balance in length of holes, but with the focus on offering a fun course – short, medium and long holes require every club in your bag.
Greens on the course is planted with bent grass, providing smooth, gently contoured putting surfaces, while fairways and tees are planted with kikuyu – one of the nicest surfaces to play from in Africa.
The design was led by Matkovich design associate Louis vd Walt, while shaping and earthwork management was done by the Matko group’s most experienced shaper, Living Gabela.