Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate, established in 1994, has matured into one of the most prestigious residential Estates in Kwa Zulu-Natal. Reclaimed from a sugar cane monoculture, it was replanted with over 100 000 indigenous trees and plants, to recreate the natural biodiversity of the area. This resulted in the Estate being recognized as a Site of Conservation Significance by the Kwa Zulu-Natal Ezemvelo Wildlife Department. The original vision of developer Guy Smith has blossomed into a spectacular reality for both residents and visitors.
The history of Prince’s Grant dates back to the 1800s.
Prince’s Grant has a rich history and fascinating pedigree. Prince’s Grant was previously a portion of the Hyde Park farm. The first owner was George Wilson Prince who acquired the property by Deed of Grant on 20 October 1856 from her Majesty Queen Victoria. The land acquired by Mr Prince was 3354 acres in size, according to the Deed of Grant and the price a handsome two pounds, five shillings and four pence sterling.
The farm was acquired by Babu Bodasing soon after the purchase. He was an indentured cane cutter from India. In his lifetime, Babu Bodasing managed to put together a portfolio of properties in Natal and Hyde Park that remained in Bodasing hands until the land on which Prince’s Grant is situated was sold to Prince’s Grant Property Share Block Limited by Raj Bodasing. The latter is still a shareholder and director of Prince’s Grant Holdings (Pty) Limited.
Certain of the features of the estate originate from the Babu Bodasing era. The 16th hole of the golf course is known as Paddyfield. This portion of land was where Babu Bodasing planted rice many years ago. The small house on the beach behind the fifteenth green was the first building on the property and has been retained in its original form. The house was the Bodasing family’s original beach cottage. Although it has been redesigned, the remaining foundations were originally built by the Bodasings seventy or eighty years ago.
The Golf Course
When the Prince’s Grant Estate development was designed, it differed from most golf course estates in that the golf course took precedence and was given priority when the land was laid out for its final uses. The care and priority given to the design of the course is evident when looking at the magnificent fifteenth hole which occupies prime real estate that in most developments would probably have been allocated to housing. Peter Matkovich has skillfully worked the land and today we have a course which works in harmony with the surrounding natural environment.
Construction of the golf course commenced in 1992 and it was opened for play in June 1994. The clubhouse was officially opened by Hugh Baiocchi, our first Director of Golf, in November 1994. The residential Estate now consists of over 450 houses and plots, spread over 4 ridge lines overlooking the Indian Ocean and the championship golf course. There is a common thread running through the architecture of each home designed to bring a village feel to the Estate.
The Estate is managed by the Homeowner’s Association. This body is responsible for the maintenance, development and finances of the Estate, as well as for the commercial operations. In recognition of the excellent job done by this body, Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate was named Best Golf Development In Africa in 2011 by the World Property Awards.
Since opening in 1994, the Prince’s Grant golf course has earned a reputation for excellence. Prince’s Grant is a regular recipient of the Compleat Golfer 5-Star Golf Experience Award and has been named the Best Golf Development In South Africa by the World Property Awards.
The golf course has a links/parkland layout, designed and constructed by Peter Matkovich, and is laid out over four ridge lines overlooking the Indian Ocean. Sweeping, majestic views over the ocean, with spectacular coastal forest makes this one of the most scenic and visually stunning golf courses in South Africa. But it is the quality of the golf course design and the lovingly groomed condition of greens and fairways that make Prince’s Grant a bucket list golf course for golfers of all ability levels.
When all of this is paired with the mild KwaZulu-Natal climate that allows for year round golfing, you understand why Prince’s Grant is one of those golf courses where you sit with a cold beverage after the 18th, and you are already starting to plan how you will play the next round on this magnificent golf course.
Corporate Golf Days
With the magnificent golf course complemented by world class accommodation, dining, conferencing and sporting facilities, Prince’s Grant is the perfect venue for corporate golf days and golf tours with friends and colleagues. We have some great value corporate partnership deals on offer.
Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate is a regular recipient of the Compleat Golfer 5 Star Experience Award which is a prestigious accolade is presented for the quality of the overall experience enjoyed by visiting golfers. For this reason, Prince’s Grant is a popular destination for corporate and fundraising golf days. Seamless full service, including registration, scoring, marshals where necessary, ball spotters, branding setup on the course and catering for prize-giving ceremonies and/or gala dinners is available.
Accommodation at Prince’s Grant is tailored for guests with a taste for luxury. The 4 star Lodge at Prince’s Grant offers 15 fully appointed suites with views of the Estate’s stunning natural scenery and a sense of space and opulence that runs throughout the lodge. Accommodating a maximum of 30 guests, the Lodge at Prince’s Grant offers an intimate and exclusive experience. The suites are split between the main lodge and the Umdoni suites situated a short walk away. All suites offer air conditioning, WiFi, safe parking, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms.
Wining and Dining
Prince’s Grant offers a selection of dining options. Our chefs are famous for their spicy curries, but we cater for all tastes, including wonderful vegetarian meals, and mouth-watering South African steaks and seafood. Prince’s Grant is also renowned for the quality of the cuisine offered for gala dinners, conferences, weddings and golf tournaments. We can offer a full three to five-course meal service for up to 150 guests. Our extensive beverage list also offers a wide selection of fine wines, beers and spirits.
Tying the Knot at Prince’s Grant
With its magnificent grounds, pristine beaches and luxurious interior Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate offers the perfect setting for your special day. Our experienced events team is focused on scrupulous attention to detail and ensuring that we provide you with everything you need to make the day run smoothly.
We have a magnificent setting, with manicured fairways, coastal forest, beach front and inspiring ocean views, offering absolute serenity and natural beauty for your wedding day. The Estate also boasts a 4 star Lodge, which will be the architecturally magnificent base for your wedding party and guests. We have capacity to cater for up to 150 guests, and our cuisine is of the highest standard, as you would expect from such a prestigious venue. We specialize in beach weddings and have a 2km stretch of pristine private beach in front of Prince’s Grant which makes the perfect setting for your ceremony.
Conferences and Events
Prince’s Grant has a team of function coordinators who can help you with your event planning to fit your budget and style. We have numerous facilities available to make your event an astounding success. From corporate events and presentations and meetings, to team building and golf days, we have the facilities and services to meet your needs.