On the morning we were due to arrive for a 2-night golfing break at this hotel we received a phone call to inform us that there were only 7 out of 18 golf holes open. This was due to floods that had washed the bridges away over the Bushmans River. OK, no one can do anything about severe weather...however, this flood damage had occurred at least 3 weeks before - just around the time we booked in fact!! Sorry, it's just not acceptable to inform guests at such a late stage. Having just experienced another major golfing let-down at Katberg, where the course was closed for maintenance and, again, we weren't informed, this was about the last straw.
We made the best of it and played the 7 holes (which weren't in very good condition and definitely not the most interesting holes on the course) 3 times. Very boring. At least the golf and the use of an electric cart was free.
As for the rest of the facilities, there's good and bad. We had a luxury room which was clean, spacious and comfortable with a huge bathroom & shower, plus a mini fridge and patio. The bar & dining areas looked in urgent need of some TLC - and some less gloomy lighting. The dining room carpet was stained and the dining chair covers starting to fray. The evening buffet-style dinner was, to say the least, ordinary and the charge outrageous! R80 for the main course (a choice of fatty-looking curry of indeterminate meat, small overcooked chicken pieces, shrivelled lamb chops or dried-up fish.) Dessert was a choice of a kind-of chocolate trifle made with Miracle Whip or similar or a small square of sponge pudding with lukewarm custard. For this, an extra R40 was charged! We opted to eat cheese & biscuits on our patio the following evening! The buffet breakfast, which is included in the room rate, was OK, but the bacon and sausage pieces had been sitting around for at least an hour or so and were dry. The lunchtime snack menu had only 4 choices: toasted cheese & ham or chicken mayo sandwiches, or a beef or chicken burger. Sandwiches at R30, burgers at R40. Not very nice or very good value.
As we'd exhausted the golf possibilities, we went on an evening 2-hour game drive. The scenery was pretty and followed the course of the river for some way, but we only saw a few waterbuck, springbok, a small herd of eland, a fish eagle a one warthog. I suppose the R250 charge was OK, though.
The main problem with this hotel is that it's on the edge of a very run-down village that has very little to offer - we couldn't even find anywhere else to eat, so be prepared! The service is a bit lethargic and indifferent. Like other reviewers, I don't think it deserves its 4-star rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the Bushman's River Gorge, in the heart of the Greater Addo in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, Bushman Sands Golf Lodge features an 18-hole Gary Player Signature golf course and Luxury Lodge Accommodation. The 18 Hole Gary Player designed championship Golf Course is a challenging yet friendly course that follows the banks of the Bushman's and New Year's Rivers! The fairways are molded and shaped into gentle slopes to reflect the natural flow and fall of the banks of the Bushman and New Year's Rivers to its best possible advantage. Pot Bunkers ensure an exigent, yet exciting! Golf Club facilities include a pro-shop and two spacious locker rooms, each with showers. Golf Carts and limited sets of golf clubs are available for hire. Caddies are available with prior arrangement. The complimentary use of the onsite gymnasium, coupled with a scenic swimming pool, will add that special touch to your getaway. The Lodge boasts 13 tastefully decorated rooms, all marked by welcoming warmth, a hint of intimacy and stunning views of the golf course and hills beyond. The Luxurious rooms are all en-suite, featuring spacious bath rooms with a bath, shower, twin vanity and toilet. Each room has its own private patio, opening onto the pristine landscapes and picturesque golf course. All rooms are fully air conditioned and offers limited DSTV channels. Culinary delights in the form of light A la carte meals are available from the Lodges' Clubhouse Pub-restaurant. Bushman Sands - the perfect golfers' getaway! ... more less
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