Gowrie Farm was once the home farm of Charles Smythe, the first premier of Natal. Charles grew up in Perthshire, Scotland before settling in the Midlands, which he wrote reminded him of Scotland with its grand scenery, its steep grass-covered hills, panoramic views with patches of forests and streams running over bolder structured beds, or leaping in cascades from high cliffs.
Gowrie Farm then formed part of what became Nottingham Road and later, the village of Nottingham Road, which sits in the heart of the beautiful Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal.
It is a village with old world values, friendly people and long-standing institutions, like the legendary Notties Hotel & Pub and Rawdons.
In 2002, GMS Projects developed Gowrie Village on the old polo fields. This was built to offer people a village lifestyle in Nottingham Road and to enable people from the area and afar, the chance to enjoy the Midlands.
In 2008, Gowrie Farm was opened, offering the opportunity for people to live in a secure estate on a working farm. The first phase comprised 125 residential erven, open spaces, a working farm and a 12 hole golf course. The golf course has developed a wonderful reputation, being the first short course in South Africa to be ranked by Golf Digest SA in the top 100 courses of South Africa (47 to 50 over the last 10 years). It was also judged as one of the top 20 most fun courses to play in South Africa.
Golf Digest USA, together with Golf Monthly of the UK, rated Gowrie Farm as the 4th best short course in the world outside of the USA. The developers are now releasing a second phase, which will include the extension of the golf course to an 18 hole golf course and a further 29 residential sites.