Luxury golf estates are common in South Africa. The country has a lot going for it in terms of creating the perfect scenic golf course amidst beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Here are a few top golf clubs that need special mention for their quality and amenities.
Leopard Creek Country Club
Leopard Creek Country Club is one of the top golf courses in South Africa. It is picturesque, lying in the beautiful Mpumalanga Province next to the Crocodile River and bordering the Kruger National Park. You can often see hippos peacefully grazing on the fairways or a couple of crocodiles basking next to the water perils. The country club is around four hours away from Johannesburg.
Somerset West Golf Club
The Somerset West Golf Club is less than 20 minutes outside Cape Town’s bustling City Centre. The course, founded in 1908, offers a wealth of history and reputation. Although not officially determined as an elitist club, the Somerset West Golf Club has been the training ground for several present and future golfing stars.
The Par 72 course is a well-tailored 5942 meters offering the modern player beautiful bent greens to put on and smooth fairways that run consistently over the course’s three sections. With road and railway lines running through the course, some players enjoy it as an additional challenge to test their skills; some see them as inconvenient. You often find squirrels in and around the holes, which can be an additional attraction.
Milnerton Golf Club
The Milnerton Golf Club, enclosed between spectacular landmarks, provides elegant apex views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Rietvlei Conservation Area. On a clear day, the Milnerton golf club is among the most visually beautiful and unique courses in South Africa. The Par 72 course has 18 holes and is typical of the links-style course. Spend the evening watching the sunset. Since the club is open to the public, the authorities recommend booking your hotel or accommodation in Cape Town and your tee-off times to avoid disappointment.
Arabella Golf Course
The picturesque Arabella Golf Course lies within the sleepy town of Kleinmond (Western Cape). Standing on the Bot River Lagoon and with the Kogelberg mountain range in its background, Arabella Golf Club claims its place as among the best courses in South Africa. The 18-hole (par 72) Championship course was built in 1999 by the highly applauded South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich. After a long day of golfing, you can retreat to the luxury facilities of the Arabella Hotel and Spa.
Zimbali Country Club,
A genuinely stunning golf estate offering sweeping panoramas of the surrounding ocean, hills, and forest, Zimbali Country Club, designed by Tom Weiskopf opened in 1996 and is one of the preferred courses in the area. Zimbali lies just outside of Ballito on KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast, occupying some of the finest estates in the country.
The above golf clubs are among the best courses in South Africa and many others in the country offer similar or better facilities. Have an experience of first-class golfing when you are there.