South Africa boasts an ideal climate for spending time out on the fairways under the bright African sun, and golfers here are blessed for choice. If you enjoy the challenge of a coastal course, there is a stunning selection available, if you prefer playing at altitude, where the ball flies that much further, the selection is just as good. Probably the most famous golf course in South Africa is the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City, home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge that offers the biggest first prize of any tournament in the world. However, there are many other world-class courses that have featured on the European PGA Tour as well as the local Sunshine Tour, and a wealth of excellent courses besides.
South Africa has produced a number of golfers of the highest calibre, including Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman – major winners all – and once you’ve experienced some of the courses we have to offer, you’ll begin to understand why.
Cape Classics Travel facilitates tours from start to finish including golf tee-off times, accommodation, wildlife safaris, flights, transfers, car hire, activities and excursions. Services include golf breaks to the beautiful island of Mauritius which features five stunning courses.
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP COURSES
- Leopard Creek – rated the best course in South Africa, Leopard Creek is situated on the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park, so it’s not unusual to come across wildlife when you play a round here. Players are protected from the wildlife by means of innovative architectural and landscaping techniques – although water hazards might include the odd hippopotamus or crocodile.
- The Links at Fancourt – located in the picturesque southern Cape, the Links provides a dramatic, beautiful picture. Gary Player himself has often referred to it as his greatest design feat.
- Gary Player Country Club – located Sun City in North West province features two holes that have ranked in Golf Online’s list of the 500 best holes in golf. The course is one of the longest in South Africa and certainly one of the toughest.
- Arabella – bordering the largest natural lagoon in South Africa and overlooked by the Kogelberg mountain range, Arabella Country Club provides both a wonderful golf challenge and a scenic landscape.
- Pearl Valley Golf Estates – designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Pearl Valley was named “best new golf course of the year” by Golf Digest Magazine in 2005. The course is surrounded by mountains and vineyards.
- Royal Johannesburg and Kensington East Course – has hosted seven South African Open Championships and has been part of the Joburg Open, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, since the tournament began in 2007.
- St Francis Links – was designed by the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus. It was voted South Africa’s best new golf course by Golf Digest in 2007. It lies in the dunes above beautiful St Francis Bay and includes a wetland area.
- Wild Coast Sun Country Club – designed by the world-renowned Robert Trent Jones, the course is set against the background of the Indian Ocean, making it beautiful – but punishing for those that stray into the rough.
- Durban Country Club – has also been rated among the top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine USA. Built on old swampland surrounded by high dunes, the course blends into its surroundings as it undulates along the coastline a short distance from the Indian Ocean.
- Legend Golf & Safari Resort – situated in the Entabeni Safari Conservatory in Limpopo Province and home to the unique “world-in-one” Signature Course where each of the 18 holes has been designed by a world golfing legend. It features the worlds most talked about and unique Par 3, the Extreme 19th. Set high up on the impressive Hanglip Mountain, the hole is accessible only by helicopter and played to a green the shape of Africa some 400m below. Beyond comparison!