Golfing in the Western Cape
With its ideal Mediterranean climate and picturesque scenery, the Western Cape is a golfing enthusiast’s dream. The province showcases golf courses that are set in the midst of majestic mountains, along pristine beaches, through countryside vineyards and in the recesses of breathtaking valleys.
Among the most celebrated courses in the Western Cape are the Gary Player designed Erinvale Golf Course in Somerset West, the historic championship Royal Cape Golf Course in Wynberg, the Arabella Gold Course in Kleinmond and the exclusive 18 hole Steenberg Golf Estate in Constantia . Golfers visiting this region will not only be treated to numerous courses of championship status, but the Cape’s warm hospitality and visual appeal will ensure an entirely memorable stay.
This scenic coastal route, which features charming towns like Mossel Bay, George, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, is a renowned tourist destination, and it is rapidly gaining a reputation for being a sought-after golfing destination as well. With golf courses like Pinnacle Point and Fancourt Country Club Estate situated in the region, this should come as no surprise.
Set on incredible coastal cliff-tops near Mossel Bay, the Pinnacle Point Golf Resort stretches over four hundred hectares and was named one of the world’s Top 10 Best New Courses for 2006, while the Fancourt Country Club Estate has been ranked among the best in South Africa time and time again. With golfing gems like these and others, a tour of South Africa would not be complete without a visit to the Garden Route.
Adorned by the warm Indian Ocean, dense green vegetation and blue skies for most of the year, the Eastern Cape extends a warm welcome to golfers from far and wide. A golfing tour around South Africa would not be complete without a visit to the province, which is home to firm golfing favourites like the East London Golf Club. Showcasing spectacular sea views and a challenging hilly terrain, it’s easy to see why the East London Golf Club has been named one of the Top 10 Courses in South Africa for more than a decade. Other popular local courses include Royal Port Alfred, Humewood and the Gary Player designed Bushman Sands.
Nicknamed South Africa’s ‘golf coast’ by the local tourism bureau, Kwazulu Natal is home to a wide variety of impressive golf courses. With its ideal sub tropical climate and lush plant life, this region presents all year round golfing opportunities for golfers of any handicap.
Having hosted the most South African Opens in the country, the remarkable Durban Country Club has been played by the likes of Gary Player, Bob Charles and Ernie Els and is a must-see on any golfing tour. Among numerous other golfing opportunities in the region are the highly esteemed Zimbali Golf Course, the tree-lined Selborne Golf Club and the links-type Prince’s Grant.
A golfer’s paradise on your doorstep – thirty six of the Top 100 South African golf courses are all within less than an hour’s drive from Sandton. With so many golfing opportunities and arguably the best golfing climate around, Gauteng is an ideal location for a dream golfing holiday.
Must-see golf courses in the region include the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Course, which is made up of two courses – an East Course and a West Course that are both equally as enjoyable to play. The plush Country Club Woodmead is another of South-Africa’s finest golfing facilities which can be found in Gauteng. Visitors to this region are not only treated to an abundance of immaculate golf courses but, thanks to the high altitude, the ball also travels further.
Combine the excitement of your favourite sport with the countless game viewing opportunities to be found in Mpumalanga. Home to the Kruger National Park and several other game reserves, this beautiful province also boasts several golf courses.
The Skukuza Golf Club is particularly noteworthy as it is located in the Kruger National Park and provides visitors with a unique wildlife-golfing experience. Furthermore, Leopard’s Creek is an exceptional Gary Player designed golf course which offers world-class facilities together with game viewing opportunities in Mpumalanga.
Limpopo is an entirely unspoilt region of forests, farmland, wilderness, waterfalls and mountains. The region provides the perfect opportunity to see untamed Africa while embarking on a golfing safari.
Noteworthy golf courses in Limpopo are the championship style Hans Merensky Golf Course, located next to the northern half of the Kruger National Park; the breathtaking Zebula Country Club, nestled within 1200 hectares of bushveld; and the Elements Private Golf Reserve, designed by Peter Matkovich.
North West Province
Home to the immensely popular Sun City resort, North West Province attracts holiday-makers and golfers from around the world.
The renowned Gary Player Country Club at Sun City is home to the Nedbank Challenge and is one of the most challenging and honoured in South Africa. It is also ranked 59th worldwide outside the US by Golf Digest. The Lost City is another top-rated course located at Sun City, giving golf enthusiasts double the reason to go and visit the region.
This rural province is known for its wide open spaces, farmlands and gold fields. It also boasts a selection of well-maintained golf courses that are sure to challenge golfers of any handicap.
Some noteworthy courses include the demanding 18 hole Oppenheimer Park Golf Course, the historic parklands design Bloemfontein Golf Course and the excellent par 71 Clarens Golf Estate. These fantastic golfing opportunities, combined with the rich Anglo-Boer history and excellent hospitality of the Free State, make for a truly unforgettable stay.
By far the largest province in South Africa, the Northern Cape features vast plains, clear skies and unique rock piles. Dotting the expanse of this large province are some excellent golf courses, offering tourists a unique golfing experience.
Played by the likes of Cecil John Rhodes in 1890, the Kimberly Golf Course has grown from strength to strength since its early beginnings. Another must-see in the Northern Cape is the Sishen Golf Course, which meanders its way through a large Camelthorn forest on the outskirts of the Kalahari Desert and offers a truly unique golfing experience in one of the most remote parts of Southern Africa.