Who Is Louis Oosthuizen’s Wife? All You Need to Know About His Partner of 16 Years, Nel-Mare Oosthuizen

Published 12/11/2023, 11:05 AM EST

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It is no surprise that the 2023 Alfred Dunhill Championship winner, Louis Oosthuizen, is currently the talk of the golf town. With his hard-earned win despite having torn tendons in his arms, Oosthuizen has given rise to an increase in intrigue about him among fans.

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One obvious question when looking up Louis Oosthuizen is his relationship status. To the dismay of some of the fans, the 41-year-old South African star is already married to Nel-Mare Oosthuizen. The duo has been together for over sixteen years now. The golfer’s wife has stood by her husband through thick and thin, like a shield.

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Nel-Mare Oosthuizen’s unique name is mostly a conversational topic. Her name, Nel-Mare, is a perfect mix of the traditional Dutch surname and her maiden name. To be more precise, Nel is short for her name, Cornelia. Whereas the German-origin surname, Mare, translates to ‘famous’ or ‘renowned’. According to tradition, her name should’ve been Nel de Mare. However, it appears that she has shortened her name with the smart use of a hyphen, a practice widely followed in her Dutch and Afrikaan routes.

Like her husband, the around 40-year-old also grew up on a farm called Groendel, around 77 miles away from Prieska, and hails from South Africa. The couple got married 16 years ago, in 2007, at the NG Church in Mossel Bay. After some years of marriage, the Oosthuizen family moved to the United States of America. They now own a restaurant together called Louis 57, which is known for its South African wines.

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Ever since their marriage, the couple has had three children. Their oldest child, Jana, was born in 2009, followed by their middle child, Sophia, in 2012, and then their youngest child, Emma, in 2013. This loving family of five resides on an 86-acre ranch in Ocala, Florida, tracing Father Oosthuizen’s humble farm boy roots.

Nel-Mare has personally established herself as a diet and workout coach. She provides meal plans and workouts online and helps people achieve a holistically healthy lifestyle. For this purpose, she also makes full use of her social media presence, especially her Instagram account, where she posts recipes, idealistic nutritional supplementation, workout routines, fasting guides, and more.

Apart from being a successful healthy lifestyle advocate, she has also truly supported her husband in all aspects of his life. She was, especially, his pillar of strength after he won the 2010 Open Championship and made it big in the golf world. The way that the 2023 Alfred Dunhill Champion and his wife met is also a love story worth telling generations.

How did this beautiful couple first meet?

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The love story between Nel-Mare Oosthuizen and her husband did not have a beginning set in stone, as they were both family friends since childhood and knew each other from a very early age. Just like there was no start to this beautiful bond, there seems to be no end in sight. They have been with one another from their humble start and have grown to build what they have together.

While remembering the story of this beautiful couple’s start, Louis Oosthuizen’s sister, Almari Alberts, said, “Louis and Nel-Mare’s parents were family friends, and they visited each other often. So the two of them knew each other from an early age. Louis was always taken with her.” 

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From 2007 till today, the couple has had a happy marriage. Their unique bond reflects the fact that they grew up together and have been each other’s strength since way before they tied the knot.

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Daiemah Malik

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I, Daiemah Malik, have loved writing for as long as I can remember. It started with practicing poetry in front of the mirror, eventually translating into my passion for writing at EssentiallySports. The values that the sport of golf has instilled in my writing are truly incomparable, and because of it, writing currently tops my to-do list on a dull day, coming over even my love for indulging in spirited debates on anything and everything, including my hidden forte, politics.
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