Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort is a spectacular Drakensberg destination

Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort

Situated on a spectacular 9-hole, 18 Tee Box golf course in the Central Drakensberg, Monks Cowl Golf Resort is a great choice for families and romantic couples looking to escape the crowded cities.

They have also taken steps to protect you and their staff from COVID-19.

Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort is within reach of visitors of Johannesburg and Durban. It is an amazing destination for creating lasting memories.

Accommodation at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort

For your accommodation, choose from their 36 Superior Hotel Rooms that are either mountain or dam-facing. The rooms come with two double beds and a private patio.

There are also eight fully-equipped Self-Catering Units. Each one comes with an en-suite master bedroom and a second bedroom with twin beds. They have additional bathrooms and two sleeper couches in the lounge, a fireplace for those chilly winter nights and a private patio with braai facilities.

For discerning travellers, there is an Executive Suite with a King-size bed with double shower, Jacuzzi bath and private patio. There is also a Honeymoon Suite with a wooden deck, four-poster bed, log fire and spa bath.

Amenities in all the units including air-conditioning, DStv, tea/coffee making facilities and mini-bar fridge.

Make an online booking HERE. Take advantage of their specials HERE.

Facilities & breakfast at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort

Guest facilities include a spacious a la Carte restaurant where sumptuous meals are served as well as a pub offering your favourite drinks.

There is also a large function room, which has its own bar and ablutions as well as sound system and big-screen projector and is ideal for weddings, parties and conferences.

Guests also enjoy free use of their swimming pool and tennis courts. The resort also has a spa with amazing treatments for him and her.

Activities at the resort

The golf course has a couple of dams and a river with a small waterfall with a slide, kiddies play area with adventure jungle gym, swings and trampolines. There are also two tennis courts, badminton, volleyball, swing ball, fishing, mountain bike trails and much more!

Golfers will love the 9-hole, 18 Tee Box adventure golf course.

The best walks and hiking trails offered in the Drakensberg are only a ten-minute drive from the resort. The area also offers various activities that include canopy tours, horse riding, paintball, trout fishing, river rafting, quad biking and bowling greens as well as a bird of prey display center and the world-renowned Drakensburg Boys Choir.

Reviews from previous Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort guests

“Terry and his team are superstars. Place is clean and well maintained in spite of limited trading during these times. Food was great value for money and the resort is a haven for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” wrote Vijay127 on their TripAdvisor page.

daniedebeer35 added; “Thanks Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort for making our 40th anniversary so special. It was a wonderful weekend in the most beautiful surroundings, the utmost friendly staff and clean comfortable room. Thanks for helping make memories and an enjoyable weekend that we will always remember.”

Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort is located at Sub 16 of the Farm Heartsease, Cathkin Park, in Central Drakensberg. Here is their location on Google Maps. For bookings, call +27 (0) 36 468 1300 or email and visit them online at Follow them on Facebook HERE.


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