Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course
One of the joys of playing a golf course in the bush in South Africa -- like the Signature at Legend Golf & Safari Resort -- is stumbling across wild animals. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 1st
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 1st
The par-5 first hole on the Signature Course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort introduces the stark landscape of golf in the "bush. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 5th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 5th
The fifth hole, designed by New Zealand's Michael Campbell, is the no. 1 handicap on the Signature Course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 7th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 7th
Bunkers frame the par-3 seventh hole on the Signature Course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 8th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 8th
Hanglip Mountain looms in the background of the eighth green on the Signature Course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 9th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 9th
A pond lurks on the par-5 ninth hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 13th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 13th
England's Luke Donald designed the 13th hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 18th
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - 18th
The par-5 18th hole, designed by South Africa's Retief Goosen, finishes the round at Legend Golf & Safari Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - zebras
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Signature Course - zebras
Zebras graze near the ninth green at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Tribute Course
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Tribute Course
The 10-hole Tribute Course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort has a nice collection of par-3 replica holes. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Extreme 19th hole
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Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Extreme 19th hole
Playing the Extreme 19th hole at Legend Golf & Safari Resort in Limpopo, South Africa is one of golf's most thrilling experiences. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa: Experience wild animals and golf in the bush

LIMPOPO, South Africa -- The Signature Course at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort, located less than three hours from Johannesburg, is the epitome of "golf in the bush" in South Africa. The course shares the backcountry with all sorts of exotic creatures -- zebras, antelope and birds to name a few. Next door is the resort's "Big Five" sanctuary, home to lions, leopards, hippos, rhinos, elephants and more.

The story behind the layout is an interesting one: IMG invited more than 60 different professional golfers to design a hole. The 18 eventual participants included two prominent South Africans, Trevor Immelman and Retief Goosen, and plenty of other famous names: Jim Furyk, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia, K.J. Choi, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Robert Allenby, Mike Weir, Bernhard Langer, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Camilo Villegas. With so many golfers involved, the course lacks a true signature moment. The finishing holes on each nine are stout. At the same time, there's no bad hole, either.

In keeping with the "bush" theme, the course's fairways and bunkers aren't always in pristine condition, although its greens roll nice. The 10-hole Tribute Course showcases replicas of famous par-3 holes from around the world.

Any golfer who doesn't play Legend Golf & Safari Resort's "Extreme 19th hole" is missing out on one of golf's most amazing experiences. It's a wild helicopter ride to a rocky cliff high on Hanglip Mountain. Afraid of heights? It's a spooky feeling standing on a tiny tee box near a ledge, hitting drives with dizzying hang time to a green shaped like Africa some 400 yards away. You get six chances to put a ball in play. Only a handful of golfers who've tried have made par. The first hole-in-one wins $1 million. Your odds might be better playing the lottery, but this is more thrilling.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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