Golfing Vacations in South Africa
South Africa is the ideal holiday destination for almost any type of activity and attraction. The long stretches of pristine beaches, the rolling mountain ranges, the deep ravines, the dense forests and the semi-desert areas all add up to a really diverse destination that offers the full range of sights, sounds and sensations.
Golfing enthusiasts never seem to tire of spending their days on the greens and challenging themselves and their golfing buddies to a round. There are hundreds of golf courses throughout South Africa. Here are some of the best known and most loved.
Arabella Golf Course – Kleinmond, Western Cape
Designed by Peter Matkovich, this is a combination Links and Parklands style of course. It is situated fairly close to Hermanus and is both challenging and enjoyable. The course is just over 6 380 metres in length. Facilities include a bar, caddies, golf carts, gym, halfway house, pool, locker room and practice area. Conference facilities mean that larger groups of golfers can hire the event rooms and then wind down with a round on the greens.
Fancourt – George, The Garden Route
There are three golf courses that comprise Fancourt, all designed by the esteemed Gary Player. These three courses are 1) The Links, 2) Outeniqua and 3) Montagu. The Links was the venue for the 2003 President’s Cup and all three courses have been voted among the top 20 in the country. The Links is also recognised as being one of the top 100 courses outside of the United States by the Golf Digest magazine. Facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar, halfway house and much more.
Pezula Golf Course – Knysna, The Garden Route
Pezula is great for all golfing abilities and offers five different tee placements. Designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream (both representing GolfPlan USA), this course is situated in the spectacular coastal town of Knysna. This is a 5-star course with facilities including a spa, golf shop, putting green, practice area, and a restaurant and bar with breath-taking views.
Humewood Golf Course – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
This links course is acclaimed as one of South Africa’s most challenging. It has been host to the South African Amateur 10 times and the South African Open 5 times. The views are beautiful and the facilities excellent. A number of competitions and events are hosted here every year. The restaurant, bar and golf shop ensure that visitors and members have everything they need at their fingertips.
St Francis Links – St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape
This is one of the countless golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and is defined by its unique bunkering. The entire course’s shape is created by the natural movement and shape of the land. This course is challenging, but its natural beauty rewards players amply. Facilities include a clubhouse, restaurant, bar, locker rooms and shoe-shine service. The spa ensures that friends and family of the golf enthusiasts are well looked after, while conference facilities make this the ideal getaway for corporate functions too.
Prince’s Grant Golf Estate – Dolphin Coast, Kwa-Zulu Natal
This 5-star facility, also designed by the acclaimed Peter Matkovich, is rewarding and challenging. It was awarded the Best Golf Development by World Property Awards for its magnificent fairways and competitive experience. The sea views finish this golf course off to perfection. A number of competitions take place at this combination links and parkland course.
Blue Valley Golf & Country Estate – Centurion, Gauteng
Conveniently situated between Joburg and Pretoria Accommodation, the Blue Valley Golf Course was designed by golfing legend, Gary Player. This course is known for its making use of the natural characteristics of the countryside, while also implementing hazards (such as beautiful water features).
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