golf in south africa

South Africa boasts a superb climate that allows you to play golf in the sunshine all year round.

While there are well over 400 courses in the country, with a number ranking in the world’s top 50, we have hand-picked our top 15 to give you experiences as diverse as the South African landscape itself.

It’s a country where golf is steeped in tradition with its oldest club “The Royal Cape”, located a few miles south of Cape Town in Wynberg, holding the very first South African Open Championship back in 1910.  If it’s a slice of golfing history that you are after, The Links at Fancourt rated No. 2 is a must.  It was here, as dusk approached, that Tiger Woods and Ernie Els went head to head over the dramatic final holes of the 2003 President’s Cup.

Other courses near Cape Town include ArabellaClovellyPearl Valley and Steenberg.

Further north, near Johannesberg, there’s Leopard Creek.  Set in the bushveld adjoining the southern border of the Kruger National Park, there are many reasons to play this exclusive course. It is designed by Gary Player and is the country’s No. 1 course, but what really sets it apart is that here, you are more likely to encounter a giraffe or “Harry” the hippo than other golfers.

Or experience the elegant charm of a bygone era at The Durban Country Club, or revel in the drama of the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City. Choose South Africa and you choose a world-class golfing destination with a long, proud golfing heritage.

We’ve played all of the top 15 courses we have selected, and many others too.  We can therefore design for you and your friends the perfect golfing holiday to this magical destination.

Being such an enormous country, South Africa’s seasons vary from north to south.  For full information, please see seasons in South Africa

Whilst you’re in the southern hemisphere, perhaps you would like to head home via the tropical island of Mauritius where there are also some exceptional golf courses to enjoy.  If you’re travelling with a non-golfing partner, then the superb combination of golf and spa resorts in Mauritius may just be perfect for you.

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Other golfing destinations

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These options are perfect for both adults and families, with excellent year round climates.

Our golf in South Africa expert, Oliver, would be delighted to tailor-make the perfect golfing tour for you.  Please call 0845 458 0723 to discuss or simply email us

For other ideas for superb golfing destinations, please see golfing holidays

Also, for more ideas and inspiration, please see our top picks for Golf & Spa holidays around the world

where to stay

Steenberg Hotel (Barn) - Reception building south africa

One of the oldest residences in the Cape has become a superb hotel.  Feels like a country club, with a boutique luxury hotel, a fine...

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