Peter Matkovich ( Shabani ) is a Zimbabwean golfer and course architect .
Matkovich grew up in Shabani, near the Fort Victoria in Southern Rhodesia , which became independent as Zimbabwe in 1980. His first encounter with an 18-hole golf course was in Shabani Golf Club. Soon he started training with the golf club and was a competitive amateur golf. In 1968 he became a professional golfer and played three years in Europe . He then played a year in Australia and did more than 10 years with the Sunshine Tour .
In 1973 Matkovich decided to move with his family to South Africa. Shortly after he waved above the Umhlali Country Club , which was then a 9-hole golf course. He decided to extend the course to 18 holes. The new golf course was officially opened in 1975 and thus he accomplished his first job as a golf course architect. His next big project was in Worcester , Western Cape , and built a new golf course at a local golf club.
In the early 1990 he worked with his good friend, Dale Hayes , as the “Matkovich & Hayes”. Matkovich excelled as a golf designer and Hayes excelled as a businessman. Their first project was in 1994, at the San Lameer Country Club in Southbroom . Initially it was a golf resort and Matkovich made an 18 hole course with a par of 72. In the following decades Matkovich designed more than twenty golf courses.
Matkovich designed, to date, more than 20 golf courses and below is a summary:
|1975||Umhlali Country Club||Ballito , KwaZulu-Natal|
|1993||Silver Lakes Country Club||Pretoria , Gauteng|
|1994||San Lameer Country Club||Southbroom , KwaZulu-Natal|
|1997||Centurion Country Club||Pretoria , Gauteng|
|1998||Steenberg Golf Club||Cape Town , Western Cape|
|1999||Woodhill Country Club||Pretoria , Gauteng|
|1999||Arabella Golf Club||Kein Mond, Western Cape|
|1999||Leopard Rock Country Club||Zimbabwe|
|2000||De Zalze Golf Club||Stellenbosch , Western Cape|
|2004||Zebula Country Club||Bela Bela , Limpopo|
|2005||Elements Private Golf Reserve||Bela Bela , Limpopo|
|2005||Golf du Chateau||mauritius|
|2006||Cotswold Downs Golf Club||Hillcrest , KwaZulu-Natal|
|2006||Pinnacle Point Golf Club||Mossel Bay , Western Cape|
|2006||Prince’s Grant Golf Club||Dolphin Coast , KwaZulu-Natal|
|2006||Simbithi Country Club||Ballito , KwaZulu-Natal|
|2007||Hermanus Golf Club||Hermanus , Western Cape|
|2008||Ebotse Golf & Country Estate||Johannesburg , Gauteng|
|2009||Dunblane Golf Estate||Newcastle , KwaZulu-Natal|