The various villages within Atlantic Beach Estate, have been given names inspired by famous shipwrecks and golf courses from all over the world. They pay homage to both the Estate’s seaside location and its fine golf course. Click on the icons for more info.

The various villages within Atlantic Beach Estate, have been given names inspired by famous shipwrecks and golf courses from all over the world. They pay homage to both the Estate’s seaside location and its fine golf course.


Famous Shipwrecks



This English East-Indiaman was captured by the French and ran aground in Simon’s Town on September 2, 1805.



The wreck of the Birkenhead was one of the worst maritime disasters on the South African coast, and about 445 of the 638 people aboard the vessel perished. To this day the Birkenhead is commemorated for the sacrifice of the troops who stood fast on the deck and allowed the women and children to be saved.



Like the Brunswick, the Colebrook was an English East-Indiaman. Captain Arthur Morris steered the 739 ton vessel on her third and last voyage, carrying 212 people on board. Seven of those drowned while trying to reach the shore after the wreck.



The Nautilus became stranded on the North Spit of the Manawatu River in New Zealand on 6 January, 1869. The schooner had previously suffered the same fate at both Greymouth and Palliser, but had not been wrecked on those occasions.



This 6000 ton steamer left Durban for Australia on 28th May 1907. On 19 June she was left helpless when her propeller dropped off due to gale force winds and rough seas, causing her to roll heavily. After thoughts of abandoning her, the sails were set and she reached Rottnest after eleven days. Two tugs were sent to her rescue and she was towed in for repairs.



Two lives were lost when this British cargo steamer was wrecked due to heavy fog during a voyage from New York to Sydney on 21 May 1906. The engine block and boilers of this 3865 ton vessel still lie at the bottom and have become a site for divers.



This British steamer carrying gold mining equipment now lies 75 meters offshore along the north coast in Port Elizabeth.



The Waratah was one of the most baffling mysteries of the sea. In July of 1909, the 500 foot steamer (on her return maiden voyage from Australia to Cape Town), went missing with 211 passengers and crew somewhere in the Indian Ocean off the rugged eastern coast of South Africa.


Famous Golf Courses



Of the three Gleneagles golf courses in Perthside, Scotland, the most celebrated is the renowned PGA Centenary created by Jack Nicklaus. The course features five different tees at each hole, building up to the ultimate 7 088 yard championship test.


Royal Birkdale

The Royal Birkdale Golf Club is one of Britain’s finest golf clubs and host to two Ryder Cups, the Walker and Curtis Cups, the women’s British Open and the Open Championship on eight occasions. Royal Birkdale has been voted the No 1 course in Britain, and is among the best in the world. The Royal Birkdale golf course is located in Southport, England and was formed in 1889.


St Andrews

St Andrews Links is recognised the world over as Home of Golf, as it was there that golf was first played 600 years ago. It still remains a real test of golf for today’s champions. Golf has been played on the Links at St Andrews since around 1400 AD. The game grew in popularity and by the 19th century it was a way of life for many local people.


Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach provides perhaps the most scenic setting for golf in the USA. With its famous championship golf courses, it is hailed as a golf vacation Mecca for golfers from around the world. Pebble Beach golf course hosts a variety of world-class golf tournaments including the US Open and the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.



Muirfield is home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which is regarded as the oldest Golf Club in the world – having been founded in 1744. Designed by Old Tom Morris with 16 holes built by hand and horse, Muirfield was opened on 3rd May 1891. Muirfield has been host to the Open 15 times with the most recent being in 2002 when Ernie Els won his first Open Championship.



Beginning life as the property of a railway company almost a hundred years ago, Turnberry was used as a wartime airfield before being was on the verge of dereliction by 1946. Cue the timely intervention of course architect Mackenzie Ross, who transformed the property into what has become one of the world’s finest golf courses.