South Africa is the ultimate dream golf trip, especially for couples.
Situated at the tip of the African continent, South Africa has the perfect blend of luxury, soft adventure, championship golf courses, the finest wines in the Southern Hemisphere and the opportunity to see the Big Five (elephant, leopard, buffalo, lion and rhino) in their natural habitat on safari.
Test your skills on lush fairways where zebras are likely to roam alongside you or tee off from cliffs offering jaw-dropping panoramas.
Luxuriate and rejuvenate each day in beautiful lodges, quaint boutique hotels and upscale, amenity-rich resorts. South Africans are friendly and welcoming and you’ll always feel comfortable during your visit.
For wine lovers, South Africa has been producing wine for more than 350 years and has some of the most picturesque wineries on the planet. Pairing South African wines with local cuisine is a sport unto itself. Steaks and seafood (lobster, oysters and mussels are popular) are prepared to perfection at fine dining restaurants. Enjoy a superbly grilled steak or seafood delicacies accompanied by fresh local vegetables and fruit at just about any upscale restaurant.
If you’re seeking adventure, great golf, wildlife sightings galore and fine wines on your golf vacation, South Africa has all of these and much more.
Play courses in a variety of exciting settings ranging from tree dotted parkland to oceanside and dramatic mountain venues. Designed by top architects, the courses in South Africa capitalize on South Africa’s immense natural beauty and spectacular terrain.
Arabella Golf Club– For a pampering resort golf experience, the Arabella Golf Course at the Arabella Hotel & Spa is quintessentially South African. The Kogelberg mountain range and Bot River Lagoon surround the course.
Clovelly Country Club—Set in the Silvermine Valley near Cape Town, this picturesque parkland course is routed over natural sand dunes and dotted with pond-size water hazards. Golfers are afforded beautiful views of the mountains, False Bay and Silvermine Nature Reserve.
Fancourt Links— Gary Player has described Fancourt Links as his greatest design achievement. Host course for the 2003 Presidents Cup, The Links is true to its name. Windswept, undulating terrain and dune style landscape give players lots of opportunities for a variety of shots low to the ground.
Fancourt Montagu—Originally designed by Gary Player and enhanced in 2005 by David McLay Kidd, this exceptionally conditioned course offers rolling fairways rimmed by beautiful mature trees.
Fancourt Outeniqua—Named after a mountain range that dominates the region, Outeniqua, a parkland course designed by the Gary Player Group, has a great mix of holes. You’ll experience several exciting risk-reward moments as water hazards and streams come into play on 11 holes, including four of the last five.
Leopard Creek Country Club— Recognized by many publications and websites as South Africa’s No. 1 course, Leopard Creek combines adroitly designed golf holes in an unspoiled wildlife setting. Overlooking the Kruger National Park and the Crocodile River, this Gary Player designed layout is a wonderland of lakes and streams, scenic vistas and wildlife watching. Sightings of hippo, crocodile, antelope, buffalo and elephant are common.
Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estate— Located 45 minutes from Cape Town, this Jack Nicklaus designed course is set against beautiful vineyards with the spectacular Drakenstein Mountains in the background. It opened in 2003 and was named “best new golf course of the year” by Golf Digest. Majestic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes will have you repeatedly reaching for your camera.
Steenberg Golf Club—Consistently rated one of the top three courses in South Africa, Steenberg is nestled in the Constantia Valley. The course weaves its way through the vineyards of the oldest wine farm in the country. Celebrated for its superb greens, its home to the largest green in Africa on the 14th hole. The exceptional bent grass green complexes encourage lots of innovative chip and run shots.
Whether it’s a luxurious tented lodge, American-style amenity loaded resort or exclusive boutique hotel, the accommodations choices in South Africa are exceptional. After a restful sleep at one of these great properties, rest assured, you’ll rejuvenate to experience another exciting day on the course, safari or sightseeing.
Bayethe Tented Lodge—Shamwari Game Reserve—Surrounded by lush vegetation that provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion, this tented property is oozing with luxury appointments. Each accommodation has a wooden floor, comfortable furniture and plush bedding.
Jock Safari Lodge—Situated in the southwest corner of Kruger National Park, the Jock Safari is the perfect blend of luxury and easy access to Big Five game viewing. Carefully screened by lush trees and reed walls, the 12 individual thatched rooms are designed so you feel connected with nature in an amenity appointed environment.
Fancourt Hotel—Offering views of the Montagu Golf Course and landscaped gardens, the guest rooms and suites at Fancourt feature shared or private balconies. The seemingly endless list of amenities at this luxurious 133-room hotel includes a spa, variety of restaurants, hair salon, ladies boutique, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and walking trails.
The Marine—Perched on a cliff above gardens and Hermanus’ Walker Bay, this spectacular, 40-room boutique hotel dates back to 1902. It overlooks a pristine whale sanctuary and gives guests the opportunity from June to November to experience the best land-based whale watching in the world. Each guest room and suite is individually decorated.
Steenberg Hotel—This elegant boutique hotel with 21 rooms and 3 suites combines old world charm with modern amenities. Set on an historic wine farm on the foothills of the Stone Mountains, the hotel gives guests a unique setting amongst the vineyards with breathtaking views of the mountains.
Vineyard Hotel—A truly inspiring hotel, the 207-room Vineyard is set on six beautifully landscaped acres in lush suburb of Newlands on the banks of the Liesbeek River. Originally built in 1799, the hotel has postcard beautiful panoramas of the forested slopes of Table Mountain.