If you are a passionate golfer you should take the opportunity to enjoy a few days on the course when you come to South Africa. Now you have the possibility to add four days of golf as an add-on to our wine tour of South Africa. You will play on four different top-quality golf courses near Cape Town and the winelands.
For this golf experience we have put together four fabulous days of golfing on four different courses that will show you different aspects of the country and give you very different golf challenges. You will be staying two days in Cape Town, at the famous Waterfront, and two days in a charming small hotel in the middle of the wine region in Stellenbosch.
Here’s an introduction to the four courses that you will have the opportunity to play on.
Royal Cape Golf Club
Your first day of golf will be at the Royal Cape Golf Club.
The Royal Cape Golf Club was founded over 100 years ago. Today it is 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 you.
Royal Cape is without doubt one of the best and most challenging courses to play both in the Western Cape and the country. It is a course of championship stature, playing to a par of 72, which has hosted the South Africa Open ten times as well as many other professional and top amateur events. Many famous names have played and won here: Gary Player, Ernie Els, Mark McNulty and Trevor Immelman and many others.
Tree lined with narrow fairways and subtle USGA spec built greens, the Royal Cape Golf Club presents a traditional test of golf, although the numerous ponds and lakes teeming with bird life provide beauty and distraction along the way.
Here are some aerial views of the Royal Cape Golf Club:
The Atlantic Beach Golf Estate
Your second day on the grass will be at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, close to Cape Town with stunning views over Table Mountain.
The beautiful Atlantic Beach Golf Course is an 18 hole Links-style course 700 metres from the beach. With spectacular views of the sea and Table Mountain, the course winds its way through the undulating dunes. Although peppered with islands of fynbos (the South African bush vegetation), the challenging, yet fair course has been designed to be as enjoyable for the expert as it is for the weekend golfer.
The golf course has been open for play since June 2000. The Mark Muller designed golf course was constructed by international golf course architects, Golf Data. Its golfing experience is truly unique. There are few to match the beauty and outstanding views of this most picturesque scenery set against the backdrop of Table Mountain and alongside the magnificent Atlantic Ocean.
This areal shoot gives you some stunning views of the Atlantic Beach Golf Course, its location and the views.
De Zalze Golf Estate
On your third day you will move inland to the winelands around Stellenbosch where your first tee-off will be at De Zalze Golf Estate.
The De Zalze Golf Estate is situated within the De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate. It was designed by Peter Matkovich (course architect for Leopard Rock, Arabella & Pinnacle Point amongst others) who made the most of the stunning setting and created a course that 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.
After playing at De Zalze you will go to The Waterford Wine Estate for a very interesting wine tasting and wine and chocolate pairing tasting.
Pearl Valley Golf Estate
Your fourth and final golf round will be at the Pearl Valley Golf Estate, a legendary course designed by Jack Niklaus.
The Pearl Valley Golf Estate, a masterpiece of a golf course, was shaped by the vision of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his unique touch is evident throughout the course. It was named the Best New Golf Course of the year by Golf Digest magazine in 2005. The championship course has been ranked among the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest magazine every year since 2006.
It has multiple times been the home of the South Africa Open and provides you with a stern yet enjoyable golfing test. “These fairways, they are some of the best, if not the best, that I’ve ever played on”, said Trevor Immelman.
Pearl Valley has two signature holes, 4th and 13th, both offering majestic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The 4th hole is a challenge, with limited margin for error as you need to cross the creek three times en route to a tricky green. This par 5 is regularly listed as one of the best par 5s in South Africa, epitomising the ideals of ‘risk and reward’. The 13th hole is a daunting par 3. As the water cuts from the right and a greenside bunker waits, one is mesmerised by the cautious tee shot. This hole tests both your ball striking and your nerve.
See more on Pearl Valley Golf Estate in this video:
An unforgettable golf experience
We have put together this program, with these four golf courses, to show you some of the best that the Western Cape and South Africa can offer a golf enthusiast. It is four different courses, each unique and spectacular and challenging in its own way.
In addition to the golf experiences you will have plenty of time and opportunity to explore Cape Town with its famous Waterfront as well as Stellenbosch in the middle of the wine region in the afternoons and evenings, when not playing golf. A perfect mix of exquisite golf, delicious wines and gourmet food.