About Us

Our History

In 1978 Mr. Charles Lloyd prompted the concept of a golf course in the valley.

From left Charled Lloyes, Des Grant, Alan Barnard, Barry Tait, Lester Schoeman & Bokka vd Westhuizen
From left Charled Lloyes, Des Grant, Alan Barnard, Barry Tait, Lester Schoeman & Bokka vd Westhuizen

 

Spearheaded by Mr. Lester Schoeman and Mr. Alan Barnard together with a dedicated band of 14 founder members, worked together to formulate a strategy for the golf course. The vision and drive of these people and in particular Mr. Lester Schoeman saw the first sketch plans designed and conceived in 1978 by Alan Barnard for an 18 hole golf course. Mr Lester Schoeman himself spent many weekend’s on the back of a tractor mowing down the overgrown grassy areas, just to return to his law practice the following Monday.

This band of members raised money through sponsored golf days at Umbogintwini Golf club as well private raffles and fund raising events.
Further to this the Government Department of Sport and Recreation provided funding for labour at R4.00 / day to clear the course for construction to take place.
It was a remarkable and some would say miraculous transformation and by 1990 Charles Lloyd’s idea had come to fruition. An 18 hole golf course straddled the swampland and a proud new name in South African Golf – “The Bluff National Park Golf Club” – gained recognition as one of the finest venues in Kwa- Zulu Natal.

Opening of first nine holes – Lester Schoeman(right) Charles Lloyd (Left)
Opening of first nine holes – Lester Schoeman(Left) Charles Lloyd (Right)

Committee Members

Darryl Ribbink – President
Monay Pretorius – Captain
Alan Barnard
Brian Olsen
Max Magnussen
Priscilla Cleverton
Graham Whittock
Kevin Wolf
Dave Kendal
Shaun Ribbink