“Trail of Champions“: Four Days with the Best of Cape Golfing
— For a golfer South Africa is a perfect destination. It has world-class golf courses located in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Climate is warm but generally not exceedingly hot, not even in summer. The sea is never far away in Cape golf country. And it has the delicious wines and gourmet food to make it all a perfect experience. This is a four day golf experience that you can choose to begin your South African experience with, before you join the wine tour. You will have the opportunity to play on some of South Africa’s best competition grade golf courses
This program is an exclusive pre-trip add-on extension option for the Wine Tour to South Africa February 23 – March 5, 2018.
You will have four days of exciting golf is the perfect start of the wine tour for the golf enthusiast. It allows you to settle down after your long flight to South Africa and it will show you some of the best, most challenging and most beautiful of the Capes golf courses.
You will play on courses that are among the best that South Africa has to offer the golf enthusiast. Four fantastic golfing days to add to your wine tour to South Africa.
Program — South Africa, Golf Add-on
Preliminary program. There may be minor changes to the itinerary.
For more details, contact BKWine.
Day 1, Monday February 19 — Arrival in George in South Africa
Our Trail of Champions Golf Tour starts in George, a town in Western Cape, close to the Ocean and well known for its golf courses. George is situated approximately half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Upon arrival in George you will be met at the airport by an Around the Green Golf Holidays representative.
We recommend one of the following flights: SA8639 at 14:15 from Cape Town / JE821 OR SA2077 at 11:50 from Johannesburg.
Transfer to the Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure to explore the property or relax after your flight. For those arriving early, you may want to loosen up with an optional nine holes at Oubaai this afternoon (please notify us when you’ve booked your flight and your holiday, so that we can secure your tee time in advance).
You will get together at the hotel restaurant for dinner this evening (drinks for your own account) to have a meal with, and get to know, your fellow golfers before your first official round of golf tomorrow morning.
Overnight: Oubaai Golf Estate
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2, Tuesday February 20 — Jack Nicklaus’ Simola Country Club
After breakfast you get straight into the swing of things. You make your way down to the coastal town of Knysna for first round at the magnificent, Jack Nicklaus designed, Simola Golf & Country Estate (buggies included).
This is a superb golf course with some fabulous holes that create inner excitement when you step onto the tee. Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge, simply because the views around the course are awe-inspiring. With this in mind, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golf destinations.
Jack’s 18-hole championship course at Simola was designed to challenge the professional and inspire the amateur. Nicklaus’ aim was to create a golf course that will be a demanding test of skill for the accomplished golfer playing from the back tees, while at the same time offer a challenging, experience for the average golfer or beginner who thinks his or her way around the golf course.
After golf you head down to Cruise Café where you will enjoy dinner (drinks for your own account) on a Mississippi River style Paddle Cruiser (except of course that this is on the Knysna River). After your dinner cruise your touring vehicle will bring you back to the Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa.
Overnight: Oubaai Golf Estate
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3, Wednesday February 21 — “The Black Knight” Gary Player’s Fancourt Outeniqua Golf Estate
After breakfast you make our way to the Fancourt Outeniqua Golf Course on the magnificent Fancourt Golf Estate, for round two (buggies optional).
Ranked 16th in South Africa by Golf Digest, the Outeniqua golf course is an 18-hole parklands layout that is tailored to provide an enjoyable golfing experience. The course provides for easier game play, but is not without its fair share of challenges and water hazards.
Designed by “The Black Knight”, Gary Player, and named for the mountain range that forms its breath-taking backdrop, the course is pristinely conditioned to accommodate a large volume of players. The warm-up area features a full-length driving range; chipping green and bunker practice area to prepare you for your round.
After your round of golf you will return to the Oubaai estate. En-route will you have an opportunity to visit a local golf shop to stock up on tees, gloves, shoes, balls and anything ‘Els’ you may require. The rest of the afternoon and evening will be at your leisure to choose from the one of the restaurants on the property, or simply enjoy informal dining at the hotels bar.
Overnight: Oubaai Golf Estate
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch
Day 4, Thursday February 22 — Louis Ooshuizen’s Mossel Bay Golf Club
You begin today with a visit to Mossel (Mussel) Bay and the Bartholomeu Dias Museum complex and will play golf at the Mossel Bay Golf Club.
Historically, this is where Europeans first set foot on what would eventually become South African soil in 1488. You will have an opportunity to see, and go aboard, a full size replica of a Portuguese Caravel which sailed from Lisbon to Mossel Bay in 1988.
You have an afternoon tee time today at the Mossel Bay Golf Club (buggies optional). Before turning pro in 2002, Mossel Bay G.C was (and technically still is) the home course of the 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen. He holds the course record with a 15 under par 57! You’ll need to bring your A-game if you want to knock him off his perch. ‘See the sea from every tee’ is their catchphrase, and they’re not kidding.
Before heading back to the hotel, you will enjoy dinner at Route 57 (drinks for your own account). The restaurant is a joint venture between Louis Oosthuizen and local restaurateurs Ilze Nel and Anzelle Zeelie.
Overnight: Oubaai Golf Estate
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner
Day 5, Friday February 23 — Ernie Els’ Oubaai Golf Course and to Cape Town
Today you will play at Oubaai Golf Course (buggies included). It is the first 18-hole signature course designed in South Africa by local golf legend Ernie Els, and the venue for your fourth and final round of golf.
Fairways at Oubaai are generous in their width, but don’t think this makes it an easy course on which to score well. Strategically placed fairway, and greenside, bunkers hugely increases the degree of difficulty. The signature hole is the downhill par 3, 17th, with the sparkling Indian Ocean serving as a backdrop.
After a light lunch and a shower you will make your way to the George airport for your 45 minute flight to Cape Town (we recommend SA 8638 at 15:25). Upon arrival in the “Mother City” you will be collected by your touring vehicle and transferred to your hotel where this evening will be at your leisure.
Overnight: The Cape Sun
Meal included: Breakfast, lunch
Day 6, Saturday February 24 — starting the wine tour
After four consecutive rounds of golf we’re sure that you’re ready to put your clubs down and relax before the wine tour begins. You will have the morning at leisure before meeting up with the rest of the BKWine group for lunch and the rest of the day’s activities.
Overnight: Cape Sun Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, and also lunch and dinner (as part of the wine tour)
Fact sheet — Golf Add-on to Wine tour to South Africa
Dates: February 19-24, 2018
Price: 1520 euro
Single room supplement: 350 euro
Included in the price:
- 5 nights (incl breakfast) as per the program:
- All meals as specified in the itinerary
- 4 golf rounds with green-fees as per the program
- Electric carts/buggies at golf courses where included in the itinerary (Simola/Oubaai)
- The services of an English-speaking tourist guide throughout the tour
- Transport in luxury air-conditioned vehicles throughout the tour
- All entrance fees and green-fees as per the program
- Porterage at all hotels and airports
- Gratuities for restaurant staff for included meals
Not included in the price:
- Any flights associated with the tour (domestic or international)
- Club hire, Caddie fees, pull trollies and gratuities (if used)
- Any expenses of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, drinks – including bottled water)
- Gratuities for drinks accounts at restaurants (10%-15% is standard in South Africa) (also when the meal itself is included in the program)
- Gratuities for drivers and guides (recommended 3 GBP/US$/€uro – or the ZAR equivalent – per person per day to both your guide and driver).
- Anything not specified above, or given as optional
- Personal travel and accident insurance (as per our standard Ts&Cs)
Guide and tour management: The golf tour is managed and guided by a local South African guide.
Minimum number: For the golf tour to be valid with the above prices a minimum of 8 participants in total is required. Please check back with BKWine.
Book This Trip
You will find full information on how to book this trip in the booking section of the South Africa Wine Tour program.