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South Africa boasts an ideal climate for spending time out on the fairways. Golfers here are spoiled for choice. Africa has a remarkable number of courses. 828 courses in 50 countries of which 450 are located in South Africa. Three South African courses feature within the top 30 of Golfscape’s top 100 courses in the world for 2020. Many Europeans spend the European winter months in the Cape enjoying the summer weather and the variety of courses and clubs. It is indeed a golfer’s ideal summer destination.
Southern Africa has produced a number of golfers of the highest caliber, including Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Trevor Immelman. Once you’ve experienced some of the courses you will begin to understand why.
Cape Town is home to the country’s oldest golf course, the Royal Cape Golf Club and today there are an abundance of superb courses to play in Cape Town and the winelands.
Safari lovers can take time out from game viewing to play prestigious Leopard Creek which is rated the best course in South Africa and situated in prime game- viewing area.
If you are looking for an Indian Ocean Island escape, look no further than Mauritius. The island boasts 12 courses, ranging from basic 9 holes to world- class 18 hole championship courses deigned by leading golfers such as Ernie Els, Bernard Langer, and David Leadbetter.
Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences including golf safaris. Travel the country by luxury rail stopping off to play South Africa’s top courses.
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP COURSES
Leopard Creek – is situated on the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park. It is not unusual to come across wildlife on these courses although players are protected by means of innovative architectural and landscaping techniques. Water hazards may sometimes include the odd hippopotamus or crocodile.
The Links at Fancourt – situated in the picturesque southern Cape, The Links provides a dramatic and beautiful picture. Gary Player himself has often referred to it as his greatest design feat.
Gary Player Country Club – is located at Sun City in the North West Province and 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 a wonderful golf challenge with a very scenic landscape.
Pearl Valley Golf Estates – designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Pearl Valley in the wine lands 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 in the Eastern Cape 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 Indian Ocean coastline.
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 world’s 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 400 meters (1312 feet) below.
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