Whether you are a golfer who always keeps your clubs with you, or is the type who plays the odd game every now and then just to relax, South African luxury holidays are remarkably well catered for. The country’s varied terrain makes it a great destination for every golfing enthusiast, with a mix of a fine elevated selection, awesome coastal golf courses, and a good number included in international events. Here are some of the best golf courses in South Africa:
Leopard Creek is without a doubt the jewel in South Africa’s golfing crown. In fact, it frequently figures in every “World’s Best Courses” list. If you only play a couple of courses in the country, make sure that Leopard Creek is one of them. What is unique about it is its wonderful location: right on the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park. Do not be surprised if you see a number of living hazards around the water features. Crocs, warthogs, and giraffes are known to wander the golf course. The trees are also full of exotic birds.
Gary Player Country Club
This is one long and tough golf course in the country, and not one for you if you who barely play golf. But this golf course is another if you have got skills. It is frequently listed as one of the best courses in the world, although at a lower entry point than Leopard Creek. To get a decent score in this course means you must have a precise approach. Also watch out for the water hazards and copious bunkers.
Wild Coast Country Club
The calm Indian Ocean views will give you a false sense of security, but this golf course is actually a tricky one, especially if the coastal winds whip up or if you stray into the rough. It features a number of unexpected changes in elevation, offsetting the relatively wide fairways. Watch out for the taxing 13th hole, craftily designed to make the course one of the best in the world.
Fancourt Hotel, Country Club and Golf Estate
The Fancourt Hotels’ golf course is situated on the fascinating southern Cape. The spectacular views as well as the golf will blow you away. If you prefer links style play, then this is definitely worth a visit. The hotel is very nice and a perfect choice if you want to have a few rounds of golf during your South African luxury holiday.
Arabella Country Club
The Arabella Golf Club is one of the most celebrated South African golf courses today. It amazingly mixes cheeky bunkers, rolling fairways, and well placed water traps. This golf course is also quite a view, as it borders the country’s largest natural lagoon.