Best South African golf courses
South African golf courses are world-famous as the best golfers from Gary Player over Ernie Els to Retief Goosen’s. Here is an introduction to some of the best courses with links directly to their websites.
South African golf courses are as legendary as the country’s best golfers and actually get a lot of visits from Europe and the US, especially in the winter half-year. It is typically accomplished and quality-conscious golfers who are willing to travel a little longer for a great experience. So let’s introduce some of the South African golf course options.
Oubaai golf course
Located on the famous Garden Route, Oubaii is designed by Ernie Els, with direct views of the Indian Ocean and the signature hole is a par 3 hole that is No. 17 with the ocean in the background.
Leopard Creek golf course
Owned by the billionaire Johann Rupert, this is the golf course that has lent its name and grass to the most famous golf tournaments in South Africa. The course is located on the Crocodile River, even into the famous Kruger Park National Park. An absolute must.
Montagu Golf Course
The list of South African golf courses is not complete without Montagu, designed by Gary Player and is a famous park course that has been number one in South Africa several times on the list of best golf courses. It is in excellent condition always and covers a large area in the middle of Fancort, in the most beautiful, undulating landscape. Lots of beautiful old trees, flowers, and water hazards.
Fancourt (Links) golf course
Gary Player thinks it is his greatest job as a golf architect. It was opened in 2000 and is deeply inspired by the links courses in Scotland and Ireland that Gary Player has won on so many occasions. It is not an easy course, but they take care of you well in the spa and in the restaurant afterward, and there is no shortage of good South African red wine either. High class all the way. Read more here.
Durban Country Club
The Royal Durban Golf Club is a top 100 course, and easliy on our South African golf courses list, not only on the list of best South African golf courses but ranks high in the international golf world. The course is located just outside Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city. You play a top course with lots of sand dunes in play, lush vegetation, and Indian Ocean views. The 3rd hole which is a par 5 is world-famous for its layout: High Tee and looked down to a narrow fairway and with dense low stringy vegetation on both sides.
Arabella golf course end this list of South African golf courses
Arabella, with its beautiful name, is surrounded by the Kogelberg mountain range and protected and the Bot River. It is a course that has been played by many of the greatest golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Samuel L Jackson, Ernie Els, and Retief Goosen. The names also say that it is a fine, mature course, not from yesterday, but from 1999. 8. hole is said to be one of the most beautiful in South Africa and 18. hole has been rated as one of the finest “finishing” holes in the world.
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