Gowrie Farm Golf & Fly-fishing Estate

The green-green hills of Natal have become a whole lot greener with the development of Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate amidst the lush rolling hills of Nottingham Road in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Gowrie Farm encompasses an appealing blend of private farm-style design residential homes on a cleverly landscaped estate within the context of a working farm. The Gowrie Farm lifestyle offers endless opportunities for healthy outdoor activities such as golf, horse riding, hiking, biking, birding and fly fishing... or… simply the rare opportunity to slow right down and enjoy the uncomplicated relaxation of country life in a secure and aesthetically stunning estate.

Set on 361ha this prestigious upmarket development has set a whole new standard in upmarket country estate living. Set within an operating farm, the estate encompasses an intimate nine-hole golf course with a splendid clubhouse, exquisite trout stocked fly-fishing dams and 125 freehold residential sites along with home owner facilities such as an indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court and privately owned stables.

Plans for expanding the existing 9 hole golf course into full 18 hole course with the release of a further 24 residential stands are at an advanced stage.


Gowrie Farm

For The Lifestyle You Deserve

Put yourself in the picture... a cosy lounge with a crackling log fire and a view onto mist covered hills and lush tranquil valleys with verdant fairways wrapping around trout stocked dams and wetlands rich with indigenous birdlife. This quilt-work of natural beauty will inspire your senses and calm your soul. Gowrie Farm is in the heart of the famous KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander which is widely acclaimed as South Africa’s top art, craft, activity and gourmet food route. If you feel the need to restore, mind, body and soul allow yourself to be pampered at the adjoining Brookdale Health Hydro, one of the premier wellness destinations in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. The area abounds with superb restaurants, bistros and pubs. Gowrie Farm Golf and Fly-fishing Estate is a Development of Distinction for the lifestyle you deserve. Sound like your kind of place? If so... read on.

Golf Course

Challenging Fairways

Gowrie Farm golf course was officially opened in 2008. Ryan Botha, former South African No. 1 ranked top amateur described the PAR 70 nine hole parklands type golf course as “the finest 9-hole course” he has ever played upon and Peter Matkovich one of South Africa’s leading golf course architects, stated that “ Gowrie Farm is a tribute to real golf” . Others have described it as a treasure in the KZN Midlands.

Royal Dornoch (Scotland):
The course where Donald Ross, the father of American golf course design, was raised.

Merion (Philadelphia):
The course on which the great Bobby Jones successfully completed his grand slam.

Pinehurst No.2 (North Carolina):
The course that is heralded as Donald Ross' masterpiece and was the venue for the 2005 US Open.

The challenging fairways of Gowrie Farm golf course wrap around trout-filled dams, farm fields and bird-rich wetlands. The layout of the greens was moulded by the terrain where wild bunkers appear to have been formed by a natural weathering process. The fairways are kikuyu grass, the greens are bent grass and the rough is comprised predominantly of local indigenous grass species such as Rooigras (Themeda trianda).


Since opening this exquisite golf course has notched up several noteworthy accolades such as:

• Ranked top 20 most fun courses to play in South Africa by the Golf Digest in 2013
• Gowrie Farm Golf Course was ranked 49th in the Country in the Golf Digest top 100 Rankings in 2014
• Ranked 4th best conditioned course in KZN by the Golf Digest in 2014
• Ranked 4th best short course in the world outside of the USA by the Golf Digest USA in 2014

Gowrie Farm golf course is the property of the Developer who is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep. All home owners are obliged to become members of the Gowrie Farm Golf Club which has its own clubhouse incorporating a bar, half-way house, lounge, change-rooms, pro shop and 5 luxury double bedrooms available on a Bed and Breakfast basis. The clubhouse with its thick carpets, never-dying open fire and well-stocked bar makes for a perfect hideaway after a round or during inclement weather. The dining area is hosted in a spacious bright observatory where coffee and breakfast can be enjoyed with a 180-degree view of the lakes, golf course, estate and farm.

Plans are underway to expand the existing 9 hole golf course into a full 18 hole course along with the release of a further 24 residential stands.


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Gowrie Farm Golf Course

While the initial consent of the Development Facilitation Tribunal allowed for a 9 hole golf course the intention of the Developer has always been to increase the course to a full 18 holes. When this happens the number of ordinary members may be increased to 300. Along with the expansion of the golf course, a further 24 stands for estate homes will become available.

The stunning Gowrie Farm Golf Clubhouse Lodge has been built by the developer and includes a bar, half-way house, lounge, change-rooms, pro shop and 5 double bedrooms available on a Bed and Breakfast basis. The Clubhouse occupies a superb setting on the edge of one of the scenic fly-fishing dams and enjoys views over the golf course and estate farm.