Discover unparalleled scenery & the wonders of golf in South Africa
Where else in the world can you combine golf and safaris in one holiday… South Africa! This breath-taking country has a long list of incredible golf courses and experiences that must be added to your bucket list. Arabella Golf Club, Gary Player Golf Course and Fancourt Hotel & Golf Estate are just a few that will provide jaw-dropping panoramic views and golfing memories.
Why play golf in South Africa?
- Some of the best in the Southern Hemisphere
- Courses blended with the countries natrual beauty
- Why not add a once in a lifetime safari
- You can expect the naive wildlife spectate of your round
- The excellent road network makes travelling this large county easy
- Bustling cities & powdery beaches
Popular destinations in South Africa
Put South Africa on your bucket list
Golf in South Africa has been growing in popularity over the years and is a perfect destination for a winter golf holiday. As a destination, it has had its fair share of celebrity course designers such as the great Jack Nicklaus with his course at Pearl Valley.
An immaculately conditioned course that won’t have a blade of grass out of place, is a joy to play and will present a new panoramic view at nearly every hole. Gary Player, South Africa’s most successful golfer, has made his mark on a handful of courses, none better than The Links Course at Fancourt.
In true links fashion the course features all that is great about links golf, set on relatively flat land the fairways are wide, the rough is thick and the greens are fast, you’ll have to be on you’re A-game to score well here.
Arabella Golf Club is a monster from the back tees set on the banks of the Bot River lagoon. It is a parkland course with elements of links that adds to the overall complexity of the course. By all accounts it is a course designed for experienced golfers with holes running parallel with the lagoon leaving little room for error however, we’d recommend it’s experienced by golfers of all abilities.
One of the most memorable holes is the par-5 8th that produces unbelievable views of South Africa’s countryside.
Incredible landscapes & weather
When it comes to South Africa, it’s for sure one of the golfing world’s best-kept secrets. Popular for its captivating towns, exciting safaris and the stunning Garden Route, it is a truly blessed destination with so much to offer golfers alongside its championship layouts. South Africa’s world-class golf courses each have their own unique setting. Some have zebras and swans ambling across their fairways, while others enjoy ocean views.
From the spectacular landscapes, to the wonderful climate, you will experience a golf holiday that is truly out of this world and the long journey has never been more affordable. Stay and play in some of the most luxurious resorts for fantastic value. And, wherever you choose to stay, the golf courses are all situated in jaw-dropping landscapes.
Let’s not forget, South Africa Is home to the world’s highest and most challenging par 3 golf hole, extreme 19th. Why deny yourself the opportunity to become a millionaire golfing legend?
Conveniently, there are direct flights with British Airways to both Johannesburg and Cape Town with a flight time of approximately 11 hours. There is also a variety of options for internal flights available with low-cost airlines to connect you with your destination.
The climate varies from Mediterranean in the South West (Cape Town) to temperate in the interior plateau (Johannesburg) and subtropical in the North East (Kruger National Park). The best time to go is between November and March.
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Not sure where to play? Browse our map and find your ideal destination in a continent of possibilities. We know you will be spoiled for choice! Remember our knowledgeable golf experts are ready to answer any questions.
Watch the sun set on opulent wine estates
With the area being home to more than 150 wine farms and surrounded by beautiful mountains, golfers are spoilt for choice when it comes to hotels and resorts.
From the spectacular offering at Lanzerac Wine Estate to the peaceful setting at the Spier Hotel & Wine Farm, there is a huge selection of golf courses and resorts to match all budgets and tastes.
We recommend the Fancourt Hotel & Golf Estate 5* which boasts fabulous state-of-the-art facilities and is perfectly situated at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains in the heart of the Garden Route. Lovely views, old-style charm and contemporary luxuries is what makes Fancourt so distinctive.
The tranquil African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa is an excellent alternative set in the countryside. From the exceptional accommodation to majestic views across the estate’s peninsula, it continues to exceed our golfer’s expectations.
Off the course activities
Ranked as one of the world top holiday destinations, this beautiful country offers a plethora of activities to keep you entertained when you’re not on the fairways perfecting your swing.
There are so many things to do in Cape Town, the Garden Route and Sun City. Experience a must-see historic Cape Town city tour which includes Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, with breath-taking views of Table Bay and Robben Island. If you’re staying and playing in Durban, spend some time surfing or playing golf in Durban, head to Hermanus for whale watching, or visit the characterful fishing villages on the West Coast.
Immerse yourself in the history of Johannesburg, the 'city of golf' and home to some rather famous attractions. Take a trip on Rovos Rail or travel to the Kruger Park for a safari and stay and play at spectacular Sun City! Enjoy authentic boma-style South African cuisine, bush breakfasts, barbeques and sundowners at scenic spots.
Wine lovers can explore the Stellenbosch and Franschoek Winelands, home to some of the world’s finest vineyards.