South Africa's golf courses are some of the very best in the world; the challenging layouts with well-placed bunkers, beautifully manicured greens, spectacular settings, and (occasionally) wildlife as an added extra. To play in the homeland of legendary South African golfer Gary Player or Ernie Els no longer needs to be a dream. Tee off at a high altitude that allows the ball to travel further. Or on coastal courses where you can play links style golf overlooking the Indian Ocean.
The perfect golf climate
This country enjoys a gentle temperate climate with bright blue skies and sunny days virtually the whole year round. Holidays in South Africa provide a great golfing environment and, as can be expected, aficionados from the Northern hemisphere are in golfing heaven as they tee off under the African sunshine instead of enduring the wintery conditions of the cold winter months.
Over 500 Golf Course to choose from and growing ...
The secret is out! Golf enthusiasts from all over the globe are discovering that South Africa is a golfers' paradise, with the growing number of golf courses presently exceeding 500 spread out across this beautiful country - so you really are spoilt for choice! And, whatever course you select, you can assured of top-notch greens, hospitable staff and excellent facilities.
5 Top Golf Courses in South Africa to Consider
#1 The Nedbank Golf Challenge: the 18th hole of the Gary Player Golf Course in Sun City.
The best known course in South Africa is probably the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City. This resort is the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge which carries one of the riches purses in in the golfing calendar. The course itself is one of the worlds’ longest, stretching more than 700 metres over what can only be described as magnificent terrain. However, it is also regarded as one of the toughest by challenging golfers’ accuracy of approach, bunker exits and water hazards to avoid.
#2 Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, bordering the Kruger Park.
South Africa's number one golf course is Leopard Creek. Located next to the famous Kruger National Park home of the Big Five: lions, elephant, rhino, buffalo - and the leopard after which the creek is named. The course utilizes its natural setting and it is not unusual to enjoy sightings of hippo, crocodile, warthog and antelope on the course or along the nearby river. This will certainly be one of the most unforgettable golf experiences you'll ever have on golfing vacation in South Africa!
#3 The Links has a distinctive design with undulating terrain and dune-style landscape.
The Links at Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golf resort. This resort features not one but three Championship courses. Play is restricted to Members and their guests and guests staying at the hotel. In the year 2000 The Links at Fancourt was added to provide an inspirational example of golf course design and construction. The designer Gary Player states: “Links golf is how the game originated and at The Links we take golfers back to the roots of golf – and they can play a ‘British Open’ all of their own!”
#4 The Arabella Golf Course has pristine grass, tricky sand traps and challenging water hazards.
Arabella Golf Club is in Kleinmond just outside the famous Cape Whale Coast town of Hermanus. This course's theme is “balance”: enjoyable enough to make you not want to leave, challenging enough to bring you back for more with its pristine grass, tricky sand traps and challenging water hazards. Designed by the renowned Peter Matkovich, the course is at one with its natural habitat but not compromising the golfers challenge - whether an expert or amateur.
#5 At Pearl Valley the 13th hole tests both your ball striking and your nerve.
Set against the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains, Pearl Valley Golf Estate in the Cape Winelands has the Berg River running through it. Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, you can clearly see his unique touch on this beautiful course that fits snugly with its natural environment. On the 4th hole you need to cross the creek three times en route to a tricky green; this par 5 is regularly listed as one of the best par 5’s in South Africa with its perfect balance of risk and reward. As a SA Open Championship course Pearl Valley in our opinion is a must play course when visiting South Africa!
With more golf courses than days in the year, South Africa has courses to suit even the most demanding of golf aficionados. Come to South Africa for sunshine, beaches, great wine, wildlife, and an unforgetable golfing holiday built aournd courses designed by some of the very best players in golfing history.
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