GOLF COURSE: Royal Swazi

Set amongst the unspoiled beauty of the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland, the Royal Swazi beckons guests from all corners of the globe, welcoming them to a destination of unrivalled luxury and legendary golfing experiences.

Esteemed Rovos Rail passengers disembark their luxury train journey only to be greeted by Royal Swazi’s spectacular 18-hole championship golf course – a course said to occupy one of the most scenic settings in the world. The epic par 72 course sprawls out onto the dramatic slopes of the Lebombo Range – an 800km stretch of narrow mountainous highland – before curving gracefully down into the lush valley where the Swazi Sun’s superlative hotels are set.

The first nine holes of the spectacular course are comparatively level while the second nine take full advantage of the imposing mountainous terrain. While the course is well known for providing seasoned golfers with a challenge, South Africa has long enjoyed a competitive nature and is regarded as one of the most passionate sporting nations. Therefore, the challenge afforded by the incredible Swazi Sun championship course is duly accepted and lauded by golfers, both locally and internationally.

Challenging features decorating the course include glossy lakes, rustic gullies thick with vegetation and out-of-bounds areas siding close to the fairways. Wickedly sited bunkers dot the landscape – one of which is so steep that they had to incorporate railway sleeper steps –while rich clusters of indigenous plants and imposing trees set the scene for a unique, extraordinarily scenic golf experience.

Greens and fairways are maintained in mint condition and appear like a sea of emerald satin draped across the landscape. All the greens are adorned with Durban Country Club grass which affords golfers a thinner (therefore faster) putting surface that effectively meets PGA standards.

Discerning Rovos Rail passengers accustomed to luxury train accommodation will find that the resort’s facilities are of the finest class, with a lush putting green, a stylish club house and an attractive bar located on the first floor where guests can sip on chilled champagne, soak up the majestic scenery and watch the challenging play.