The best South Africa Golf Courses are reveiwed region by region, from Cape Town to Jo’Berg the whole country is covered. To visit each golf clubs own website simply click on the Logo.
South Africa Golf Courses – The Cape
The Steenberg Golf Course is rated as one of the top three South Africa golf courses to visit. Steenberg is a first-class destination for fine dining, wines of origin and luxury hotel accommodation. Nestled in the crook of the Constantiaberg Mountains, the Estate is a piece of time-crafted perfection some three centuries in the making.
Only 30 minutes from Cape Town and nestled at the foot of the magnificent Helderberg mountains lies one of South Africa’s golfing jewels. Erinvale offers a unique golfing challenge to all levels of player, with breathtaking views of the Cape Wine lands and False Bay.
Royal Cape Golf Club
Over more than 100 years the golf course at Royal Cape has evolved into what it is today, a classic parkland course that provides a fine test of golf as well as a wonderful playing experience. The course is in superb year round condition with well grassed fairways, smooth greens and challenging bunkers. Although the course is on flat terrain, the playing of Royal Cape is subject to three of nature’s beguiling offerings: a near constant wind to challenge you, sweeping mountain views to charm you and water features to ensnare
Royal Cape is without doubt one of the best and most challenging of South Africa golf courses to play both in the Western Capeand the country. It is a course of championship stature, playing to a par of 72, which has hosted the SA Open ten times as well as many other professional and top amateur events. Tree lined with narrow fairways and subtle USGA spec built greens, Royal presents a traditional test of golf, although the numerous ponds and lakes teeming with bird life provide beauty and distraction along the way.
Arabella Golf Club
Surrounded by the magnificent mountains and Bot River Lagoon, and edged by wild fynbos, the picturesque Arabella Golf Course is the ideal place to pursue a passion for golf and enjoy an ideal golf holiday. The fabled 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course has consistently been ranked in the top 10 courses in South Africa(currently ranked #5 inSouth Africa by Golf Digest magazine). The 8th hole has been described as one of the most beautiful par 5’s inSouth Africaand the 18th hole was rated one of the finest finishing holes in the country.
The course was designed and built by the highly accl
Your golf journey will take you through breathtaking scenery, pristine kikuyu fairways, challenging bunkers and water hazards; and will then test your skill on immaculate dominant-bent greens. All of which receive frequent high praise from golf professionals and amateurs alike.
De Zalze Golf Club
At De Zalze Golf Club we offer the Ultimate Winelands Golfing Experience. Let’s take your breath away with our pristine golf course, fantastic views from the terrace, fabulous food, fine wines and stylish on-site lodge accommodation making us the preferred all-in-one golfing destination.
The De Zalze Golf Course was designed by Pe
ter Matkovich (course architect for Leopard Rock, Arabella & Pinnacle Point amongst others) who made the most of the stunning setting and created a par 72 course that measures 6369m off the championship tees but still places a premium on accuracy. The course has an excellent mix of parkland holes with its main challenges presented in the form of the water features on several holes, as well as the Oak tree lined Blaauwklippen River which winds its way through the Golf Estate and comes into play at various intervals.
Westlake Golf Club
‘The Cape’s Most Popular Course’, Westlake Golf Course is on par with the finest in the country. From the novice golfer to the skilled profession
al, the course offers a true test of golfing prowess. One of Cape Town’s best kept secrets the 5940 m Par 72 liks were first opened as a nine hole course in 1932, it was soon extended to 18 holes by 1936. Course and Clubhouse alterations and improvements have been very evident over the last twenty years and extensions were completed in 1989 and again in 2000. Today’s Clubhouse boasts excellent amenities in a modern setting.
Rondebosch Golf Club
Rondebosch Golf Club’s 18-hole course is rated as a ‘must-play’ amongst golfers. Situated only 10 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, with magnificent views of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain, the course is a popular choice for local and foreign visitors and Celebrated its centenary year in 2011.
Since its establishment in 1911, the Club has
built a solid tradition, which is upheld by its strong membership. Continued development and beautification has ensured that the course maintains its excellent condition all year round. It remains a challenge to the serious golfer, but is user friendly for the less experienced. The club has hosted seven consecutive Sunshine Tour events, 2 professional ladies European Tour events and the South African Ladies Amateur Open. The river which winds through the course provides challenges to the players and is home to a variety of bird life; from cormorants and kingfishers to wild ducks and egrets.
Mowbray Golf Club
Well situated 7 minutes from the city centre, the club is steeped in over 101 years of golfing history and offers a parkland golf course to test all levels of golfers. Mowbray
has beautiful views of Table Mountain and surrounds and provides a friendly, relaxing golfing experience with full golfing services.Both fairways and greens remain soft throughout the year. The fairways consist predominantly of kikuyu grass while the greens are paspalum which provide an excellent putting surface. A significant feature of any coastal course is the wind. This is where Mowbray is unique, in that the holes have been so laid out that you will seldom find yourself with the wind directly in your face or right at your back. Also, believe it or not, the wind in Pinelands is seldom as severe as in other parts of the peninsula. While the course is not particularly long, the golfer will find Mowbray a real challenge. It is generally accepted that the S A Golf Union ratings of 71 from the back tees and 69 from the front make it about 2 or 3 strokes more difficult than average. Don’t let this put you off, however. If you hit the ball straight, you’ll do well and even if you go off line here and there, the rough is very forgiving and is kept well trimmed.
Clovelly Country Club
Set in amongst the natural sand dunes, the course guides you up the valley through a tight par 72 layout with an interesting blend of holes, making use of the natural water hazards provided by the Silver mine River. Notable features are the championship-quality greens and the course’s ability to remain in good condition throughout the year. Clovelly has always been one of th
e most popular clubs in the Western Cape. A robust membership profile ensures that the club thrives from sporting, competitive, social and financial perspectives.
Our golf course and facilities are consistently rated in the top fifty in the country by a leading panel of raters utilized in the annual South African “Complete Golfer” survey of golf clubs. Given that there are over 450 golf clubs in South Africa, this result is something of which we are proud and we continually seek ways to improve our standards, and indeed our golf course.
Hermanus Golf Club
Redesigned by Peter Matkovich to incorporate 27 holes, this magnificent golf course set between mountains and sea, features an abundance of wild life, natural flora, striking water features and tree-lined fairways is justifiably regarded as a definite must play course.
The improvements have created an opportunity for a real challenge if the course is played from the back tees, while the introduction of different tees will allow all levels of golfers to participate in competitions. The whole feel of the course has been modernised with shaping (fairways, grassy mounds, bunkers, trees and rocky water hazards) all adding a visual, as well as a challenging flow to the course.
Metropolitan Golf Club
Metropolitan Golf Club was reconstructed and opened for play in May 2010. Lying in the shadow of Table Mountain and the 2010 Football World Cup Stadium, the course belies the 9 hole status. With long and or separate tees, together with 14 Greens, the course plays very much like an 18 hole layout. The large greens and wide fairways make the course very playable for the average amateur while still a test for the lower handicapper.
The course is parkland in design with Bent Grass greens and Kikuyu fairways. 4 different species of local grasses have been planted in various areas of the rough, giving the course a very distinctive look. While situated on the coast, the wind is far less of a factor than is normal to other surrounding areas of the Cape Peninsula and this further facilitates the ability to keep the course in superb playing condition.
The course designer, Mark Muller, has created something of real significance, and the variation of holes together with the proximity of the City of Cape Town metropolitan area makes this a “must be played” course. The closing 18th par 3 hole over water will long be remembered by those who visit and play the course.
South Africa Golf Courses – Garden Route & Eastern Cape
George Golf Club
The George Golf Course is an 18-hole course set in the heart of the Garden Route. The George Golf course is a beautifully manicured, 72 par, 18 hole course, with bent greens, set in the heart of the Garden Route. The course rating for men is either 7
0 (club – 5862m) or 72 (championship – 6162m), while that for the ladies is 72 (5204m).Visitors are welcome daily, with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, which are reserved for Members and their guests. Booking for golf is essential.
Caddies and golf cars available for hire. Clubhouse facilities: change rooms, halfway house, bar, lounge and self-catering accommodation that can sleep 8 guests.
St Francis Links
St Francis Links land may not have been grazing land for the sheep and rabbits, but a natural course between the beach and arable land it is. Jack Nicklaus has had the pleasure of taking Mother Nature’s best piece of links land and signed his name to something unique. St Francis Links will challenge all who play it and reward those who respect it.
The layout combines every element of shot making with its undulating terrain, greens and surrounds as well as its variation in length and direction. The bunkers look as though they have been simply ploughed out of the land. It is the bunkering that truly defines the quality and character of St Francis Links. Others have designed and built courses with a links look. Here you will easily see what separates St Francis Links from the rest a consistent look throughout. One will agree that, almost from the opening shot, St Francis Links carries a look and feel that breathes history from times gone by. The shape of the greens comes from the natural movement of the land. The greens have simply been placed on top of the sand, changing shape in construction as the wind changed its mind. Some are more undulating than others. All putting surfaces and green surrounds present a mental and physical test.
South Africa Golf Courses – Gateway Gauteng and Limpopo
Randpark Club has become the ultimate urban golf destination on par with excellence. Two unique and distinct golf courses offer golfers of varying ability an unforgettable experience on 2 of the finest layouts and best manicured of South Africa Golf courses.
In 1964 the club purchased land with the intention of establishing an additional 18-hole golf course. Sid Brews designed the ‘Randpark’ championship course and the imposing clubhouse serving both courses was opened on 20th March 1971.
The course has matured over the years and has undergone a number of improvements. In 1990, the greens complexes were completely redesigned by Messrs. Golf Data and architect Mark Muller. A number of tees were re-aligned and extended, resulting in the championship tees now measuring a total of 7050 metres(second longest South Africa golf course), with a Par of 72. The surface of the tees, fairways and semi-rough is Kikuyu grass with Bentgrass on the greens. The course carries a high rating and has hosted several high profile tournaments over the years – both men’s and women’s. Most significantly, it has been chosen as a venue for two South African Open Championships in 1995 and 2000.
Windsor Park Course
A complete redesign of the course was undertaken in 1952 – the architect being none other than Robert Grimsdell. The “new” Windsor Park, now a course of aristocratic provenance, opened to play in 1954 and has remained substantially unchanged to the present day. Windsor is pleasing to the purist as it offers good ‘balance’ – that variation in length, shape and direction of holes, which good designers strive to achieve. The imposing clubhouse was opened in 1971 serving both the Randpark and Windsor Park courses. It made sense that the club chose the two tees nearest the clubhouse to serve as the 1st and 10th, which meant that the order in which one now plays Windsor Park’s holes is now different to that envisaged by Grimsdell. In recent years, a number of holes have received the attention of Messrs. Golf Data and architect Mark Muller. The surface of the tees, fairways and semi-rough are Kikuyu grass with Bentgrass on the greens. The qualities of the ‘old’ Windsor Park club have not been lost. The Windsor Park course exemplifies these all but bygone charms, and is the perfect compliment to the upfront challenges and bigger ‘muscles’ of its championship sibling.
Parkview Golf Club
Parkview Golf Club enjoys a pre-eminence among South Afica golf courses and clubs, blending an illustrious history with an 18-hole parklands course widely admired for the condition of its fairways and greens, a modern and well-appointed clubhouse, and a friendly camaraderie among members that is ‘uniquely Parkview’.
Bobby Locke joined the club in 1936 after winning both the SA Amateur and the SA Open at Parkview in 1935. Parkview became his adopted home, and he played at the club until his passing. The Memorial Bridge at the 13th hole keeps the memory of South Africa’s old maestro alive, and members and leading amateurs play an annual Bobby Locke Festival of Golf in his honour.
The course is made of two loops of 8 and ten holes either side of the clubhouse and the course is famous for its challenge drives off the championship tees and excellent undulating greens. Most holes are lined with mature trees, and the greens are well protected with numerous bunkers.
The long 194 metre Par 3 is arguably Parkview’s signature hole, offering a vista that is both pleasing to the eye and daunting to the golfer. From the tee, one first has to negotiate a particularly pretty part of a stream, before carrying the ball the balance of the distance over a newly constructed dam. Whilst there is a large bail-out fairway to the right, the approach from this area is less than optimal. Over-clubbing to avoid the dam is not a good option, since the green is angled forward toward the tee in order to be receptive to the long tee shot, and a pitch shot from the back will have to be perfectly executed to avoid running through the green and into the water. The green is a mixture of subtle and obvious contouring, and the birdie opportunity has to be earned by an accurate tee shot into the immediate vicinity of the pin.
Glendower Golf Club
Striving for excellence from the warm welcoming smiles to the first tee shot down a perfectly manicured fairway. This is what members and guests can expect when they enjoy a relaxing yet challenging day with us at Glendower Golf Club.
The Complete Golfer’s rankings in 2008 rated Glendower as the Second Best Classic Golf Course in South Africa. While we are proud of this ranking we are working hard to be rated as the No.1 Classic Course in South Africa and provide the total 5 star Golf Experience to compliment the course. Every single experience that you encounter at Glendower is a Moment Of Truth – the test to see that we are exceeding your expectations and providing the ultimate Classic Golf Experience – timeless quality every time.
Bryanston Country Club
The Bryanston Country Club, a relaxed, elegant family lifestyle with a full service clubhouse complete with casual/fine dining restaurants, function venues as well as 18-hole golf course, pool , lapa, bowling greens, squash and tennis courts. As one of South Africa’s finest golf clubs, the course is graced with undulating grounds and a wide variety of birdlife. Here, the immaculate grooming of the course almost diverts ones attention from the challenges of the 18-hole course. Held in high regard by the best golfers, it maintains a soft spot in the hearts of up-and-coming enthusiasts. The Course was designed by Charles H Alison in 1949 and was constructed by Koos de Beer over the next two years before opening in 1951.The Bryanston Country Club course plays to an unusual par 72 and is 6 768 meters long. It is a beautiful course with many water obstacles; Bryanston Country Club presents an exciting challenge. Birdies are at a premium and hitting the fairways and the greens is an art to be mastered.
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC
Without question, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in South Africa. In its almost 130 years of existence, it has hosted 7 South African Opens and numerous other major tournaments. Royal is home to the biggest annual professional golf event in Africa, the Joburg Open, inaugurated in 2007, and is the preferred venue for the International Final Qualifier (Africa) for the Open Championship.
The Club’s two courses are both ranked as major achievers in the awards lists. The East Course is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 courses in the country by both The Complete Golfer and Golf Digest Magazines. The West Course, although not as highly rated as the East Course, is the preferred course for many members due to its ease of playability for golfers of all abilities.
Is a championship layout that has hosted seven South African Open Championships, the SA Amateur and numerous other Tour and amateur events. The Joburg Open a co-sanctioned event between the European and Sunshine tours is played at Royal, primarily on the East Course, every January since the inaugural event in 2007. Total: 6940 Yds, Par 72
The West course
Was the site of the Johannesburg Golf Club when it first moved to the current premises in 1909. Over the years it has been upgraded and its major revamping was in 1999. The West Course, shorter in comparison to the East Course, is a fine example of how two layouts in close proximity can still create quite different, but vastly enjoyable golfing experiences. While its beautiful sweeping fairways and generous sized greens inspire joy and confidence, the player who strays from them will quickly find trees, water or other frustration in uncompromising abundance. Players of every level will find much to delight in and many. Total: 6563 Yds, Par 72
Leopard Creek Country Club
Rated in the American Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World. This Gary Player designed unique championship course borders the mighty Crocodile River adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Giraffe, impala, hippo, baboons and monkeys share the environment with golfers for the ultimate African golfing experience.
Innovative architectural and landscaping techniques ensure that the Leopard Creek golf course and living areas are naturally protected from animals, while lakes and small streams have been diverted through the development to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. Golfing hazards take on a new dimension at Leopard Creek, for much of the water is home to the magnificent creatures for which the river is named, crocodiles. Extensive use has been made of water features and sightings of crocodile, hippo, antelope, buffalo and wild boar are commonplace, either on the course itself or in or next to the river running alongside several holes. The 505 meter par-five 13th is one of Leopard Creek’s most memorable holes. Here the green is right on the edge of the Crocodile River but 32 meters above the level of the water, offering magnificent views up the river and into theKrugerPark. Gary Player is especially proud of the par-five 18th with its island green and the par-four 9th with its peninsula green jutting out of the same body of water.
South Africa Golf Courses – Kwazulu Natal
Selborne Park Golf Club
Acclaimed as the Augusta of South Africa Golf Courses. Situated on the South East Coast of beautiful KZN. The sub-tropical climate provides a fantastic all year round golf experience and our country style hotel is a true home away from home.
Golf Digest magazine described Selborne as one of the most spectacular 18 hole South Africa golf courses and it is rated in the Top 100. The golf course is a superb masterpiece affording golfer’s breath-taking scenery as they weave their way through manicured fairways and coastal forest, where the only disturbance may be one of nature’s creatures.
Whether as a visitor staying in the hotel or in one of the stylish villas that are unobtrusively part of the estate, “The Selborne Experience” is shared with resident bush buck, grey duiker and the rare blue duiker. Monkeys, Banded Mongoose and over 160 species of birds take advantage of the natural habitat of the lush foliage, indigenous trees and stately palms that add an aura of grandeur to this well preserved and cared for environment. Preserving the ecology and extensive wildlife habitats is of paramount importance at Selborne.
Created in 1985 when Denis Barker decided to turn his diary stud farm into a golf course, Selborne’s claim to having one of the premier championship golf courses in the country is well justified when you consider the amount of both professional and amateur golfers from around the world who return every year for the pleasure of playing at Selborne. Measuring 6040m off the Championship tees the par 72 Selborne Park Golf Club prides itself as being the premier corporate golfing destination on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. We are well equipped to offer a unique golfing destination for your group, whether it is for business or pleasure, and we thrive on delivering outstanding service and hospitality with that rare personal touch.
Durban Country Club
A course steeped in tradition and history, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA and is rated in the top 6 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA.
A combination of lush vegetation, sand dunes and stunning views of the Indian Ocean make this course one of the most unique, and challenging, in all the world. One of the defining characteristics of Durban Country Club are the massive undulations in the fairways, especially the 5th, 8th and 17th. The course was built on sand dunes and they are large and interesting.
The par five third hole is rated the best third in the world. Playing from a high tee to a narrow fairway with dense bush and a predatory bunker on the left hand side you’ll see why this is the most popular hole on the course. Durban Country Club is a shot maker’s course that you have to think your way around. Most golfers don’t make use of their driver until well into their round due to the narrowness of the opening holes. The course, overlooking the Blue Lagoon estuary and the Indian Ocean, has hosted 16 South African Opens in total – more than any other club in South Africa – and was the proud host of the centenary SA Open in December 2010.
Durbanville Golf Club
Durbanville Golf Club began in 1967 and the first round of golf was played in 1971 on a course with very little grass, clay soil, a gravel car-park and no clubhouse. The course and the Club had been conceived by local amateur enthusiasts and approved by the community at a meeting at the Town Hall. The original layout was designed by Ken Elkin the Club has come a long way since those early days . The course has a reputation for excellent fairways, great putting surfaces and perfectly manicured greens, combined with open spaces and a relatively flat 5937m par 72 make for an enjoyable game.
There are no steep hills to climb, or thick jungle to swallow your golf ball. Here you will find open space with beautiful fairways, bent grass greens the equal of any others, a course in immaculate condition. All in all, a wonderful setting for a game of golf with a view across the course to the distant mountains from the lounge bar, where you may enjoy your drink after the game. The Club offers a special welcome to all visitors and has built up a reputation as one of the friendliest clubs around. The halfway house and catering facility offers freshly prepared snack style food combining quality and value for money.
San Lameer Country Club
San Lameer –South Africa’s tropical paradise. A world-class golf course with a wellness spa, fully equipped gym, 2 restaurants and 2 swimming pools. All just one step from a magnificent Blue Flag beach.
Set in the heart of this unique natural environment, San Lameer offers you everything you would include in a dream course. Eighteen memorable holes that weave a natural challenge through the open glades, forest and wetlands with the relaxed roar of the Indian Ocean cheering you on. Enjoy a demanding round of golf on the 18 hole championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes or a more relaxed 9 holes on the Pitch and Putt course.
The course itself is sculptured around one of the last remaining wetland forests on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. It was designed to avoid areas of sensitive vegetation and utilises the indigenous plants and shrubs in the natural features of the course. The club house is recognised as one of the most attractive in South Africa with spectacular views from the spacious terraces surrounding it.