South Africa Golf Courses

SA Golf Courses |17 Golf Courses in South Africa

1. Arabella Golf Club, Garden Route, South Africa

The Arabella Golf Club is a beautiful private golf estate, surrounded by the scenic Kogelberg Mountains. The golf course staggers along the Bot River Lagoon, with incredible views of Arabella’s own gardens, manicured lawns and sculpted botanical life.  The golf estate course was designed by Peter Matkovich, a highly acclaimed golf course designer with serious architectural talent.
The golf course itself is an 18 hole masterpiece, a Par 72 championship course. Among the golf estate awards and distinctions, the 18th hole which was voted the best finishing hole in South Africa. Arabella golf estate is ranked as the fourth best golfing experience by a top rated golfing magazine.


2. Clovelly Country Club, Cape Town, South Africa

Nestled in the pristine and tranquil Silvermine Valley close to Fish Hoek in Cape Town lies Clovelly Country Club. With one of the finest golf courses in South Africa, Clovelly offers its members and visitors a memorable experience. Clovelly – like fine Cape wines – improves steadily with age, and its vintage and quality is well established throughout South Africa, and indeed, beyond our shores. This reputation is founded on the warmth of Clovelly’s “family” character and its outstanding facilities. The club is proud to have been voted as the most Popular Course in South Africa by a panel from Golf Digest SA.


3. Erinvale Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa

A true championship course that is widely considered to be one of the finest golfing destinations in South Africa. Set at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, Erinvale Golf Club is surrounded by heritage wine farms and the beautiful Helderberg Nature Reserve. This magnificent course, designed by world-famous golfing legend Gary Player, has some of South Africa’s most challenging and spectacular holes. The front nine winds its way through narrow fairways flanked by exquisite properties, while the back nine is more elevated. It’s flowing beautifully into the foot of the mountain with panoramic views over False Bay, surrounding vineyards, olive groves and the Helderberg Nature Reserve. A variety of pin positions is offered on the generous greens at Erinvale, which are well-protected by bunkers and water features.


4. Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate, Limpopo, South Africa

The tranquil setting belies the challenging nature of the Annika Sorenstam-signature Euphoria 18-hole championship golf course. Annika Sorenstam, number one female golfer for the past five years, is the name behind the first lady-golfers’ signature golf course in South Africa. Sorenstam, who also consulted on the famous Mission Hills Golf Club, has dominated the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) for the past five years. Designed with a serious commitment to the preservation of the indigenous fauna and flora, it is the combination of golf and the unsurpassed beauty of the Waterberg landscape that makes Euphoria such a unique golfing experience. Wide golf corridors will ensure privacy to golfers and homeowners alike.


5. Fancourt Montagu Course, Garden Route, South Africa

Montagu, named after the Montagu pass was originally designed by Gary Player and is a much celebrated parkland course and has been ranked as the number-one golf course in South Africa in the past and is currently ranked as No. 6 Best Conditioned (Golf Digest Rankings 2012).
The exquisitely conditioned Montagu is at the heart of Fancourt, with its glorious parkland layout, covering large tracts of varying terrain on rolling land.  It’s beauty is enhanced by mature trees, flower beds, shrubs and water hazards that provide a colourful contrast to the landscape.


6. Fancourt Outeniqua Course, Garden Route, South Africa

Outeniqua, named after the mountain range that overlooks the area has a different look than the Montagu, so they complement each other perfectly as varying playing experiences.
The Outeniqua is regarded as the easier course of the two, being more open in appearance, yet it has its share of challenges and risk-and-reward moments.  Water hazards or streams come into play on as many as 11 of the holes, including 4 of the last 5.


7. Fancourt The Links Course, Garden Route, South Africa

The Links, which Gary Player has often referred to as his greatest design feat. Fancourt owner Dr Hasso Plattner, who took a very hands-on approach in the creation thereof, commissioned a golf course, which would not only be a thorough test for every golfer, but would also rank among the top courses in the world.
The Links was the host venue for the 2003 Presidents Cup, which ended in an historic tie after a dramatic play-off between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. In early 2005, it was the host venue for the Women’s World Cup of Golf. In December 2005 The Links hosted the South African Open, the world’s second-oldest national Open Championship and in 2010, the Berenberg Bank Senior Masters.  Most recently in January 2012 the Volvo Golf Champions was played at The Links.
The Links is a private Club, but limited tee times are available for guests staying in the Hotel at Fancourt.


8. Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, South Africa

The Gary Player Country Club is acknowledged as a difficult and demanding course. Since 1981 it has been home to the Nedbank Challenge. The course requires stamina and accuracy from players. The comparatively flat nature of the golf course is misleading – water hazards, cunningly sited bunkers and pins hidden away on kidney shaped greens makes up for the lack of gradient. The course is immaculate with generally wide kikuyu fairways and bent greens. Although this parkland course is fairly flat, the many water hazards, cunning sited bunkers (the fairway bunkers have just been deepened) and hidden pin placement make up for the lack of gradient. This course also cuts through the African bush leaving the fairways with only the bushveld as a border.

Signature Hole : They’re all good at the Gary Player Country Club, but for risk and reward the stand-out is the 9th. Play this par 5 from the forward tees and then have a go for the island green with your second and thrill to the challenge of this superb test of golf. 


9. Legend Golf & Safari Resort – Signature Course, Limpopo, South Africa

At the heart of the resort is a championship course designed by eighteen of the world’s top golfers. These leading professionals, selected to add their design expertise to the Signature Course, share the fascination and spirit of golf. Each hole has the vision of a great golfer at its heart. And the stunning setting of the Signature Course only adds to its unique nature. With game meandering across those lush fairways and the enigmatic Hanglip Mountain overlooking the course, the Legend Golf & Safari Resort – Signature Course is a true African golf experience.


The Extreme 19th

Few holes in the history of golf have generated as much interest as the Extreme 19th. Newspaper, magazines, TV and radio stations across the globe have run features on this most amazing golf hole. Accessible only by helicopter, with the tee set 400m up on the majestic Hanglip Mountain and played to a green the shape of Africa some 400m below, the Extreme 19th has captured the imagination like no other hole. Golfing superstars as well as celebrities from across the world of sport and entertainment have been equally as impressed with this most unique hole.


10. Leopard Creek Country Club, Kruger, South Africa

Near Malelane in Mpumalanga, Leopard Creek Country Club sits on the border of Kruger National Park, overlooking the picturesque Crocodile River, where crocodiles, antelopes, buffalo, hippopotamuses and elephants are regularly seen. With innovative architectural and landscaping techniques, Leopard Creek’s natural environment is protected from animals, while lakes and small streams have been diverted to create scenic views and golf strategies that are enjoyable for everyone. This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Gary Player and has hosted the Alfred Dunhill Championship since 2004. Among the most memorable holes is the par 5 #13, the green of which sits 32 meters above the Crocodile River, offering stunning views of the river and Kruger National Park. In addition, Leopard Creek Country Club also features a challenging 9-hole Par 3 Course that is designed for golfers to develop their skills in all aspects of their game.


11. Pearl Valley Golf Club, Garden Route, South Africa

A multi award-winning championship course designed by renowned golf course designer Jack Nicklaus. Established in 2003, Pearl Valley Golf Club was ranked in the top 10 courses in South Africa by Golf Digest from 2006 to 2019 and was ranked as the #2 Golf Course in South Africa for the year 2021 by SA’s Top 100 Courses. In addition, it was named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape from 2010 – 2019 and has been awarded the Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years by Compleat Golfer. This Jack Nicklaus signature masterpiece is situated in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by the Drakenstein Mountains, within the Val de Vie Estate. The course features lush fairways that are green all year round, excellent bunkering and creative water features. Each of the 18 holes is set against the mountains that surround Pearl Valley. The layout was designed with the prevailing winds in mind, with all the par 3s and par 5s playing in different directions, providing a variety of conditions for the golfers. Its unsurpassed natural beauty and excellent facilities offer a truly outstanding golf experience.


12. Pezula Championship Course, Garden Route, South Africa

Pezula championship golf course, Knysna, Garden Route.  Situated in the very heart of the Garden Route, on sweeping coastal cliffs, east of the charming town of Knysna, Pezula encompasses a world-class championship golf course & club.  


The Course : The championship golf course lies high above the Indian Ocean and the vast Knysna lagoon – a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine indigenous landscape. The course’s designers, Ron Fream and David Dale have compared the look of Pezula golf course to that of Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands and Pebble Beach on the Monterey coastline.  A terrain of rolling fairways, fynbos and eyebrow bunker does, however, make it very difficult to walk this course. The 5 different tee options on every hole cater for all skill levels.  No 2 challenges, or views, are alike.
Signature Hole : The signature holes are the 3 holes built on the cliff top overlooking the ocean; the par 5 13th, par 4 14th and the par 3 15th.  The par 4 14th is particularly challenging – it is short and requires you to lay-up before firing at the pin.  The green is completely surrounded by bunkers so be careful not to overshoot out-of-bounds and over the cliff.


13. Pinnacle Point Golf Club, Garden Route, South Africa

South Africa’s #1 Golf Course in 2016, 2017 and 2020. Set on a clifftop overlooking the Indian Ocean, Pinnacle Point Golf Club is no doubt one of the most spectacular courses in the world. This 18-hole championship course is located at Mossel Bay on the Garden Route, halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Established in 2006, it was named as one of the world’s top ten best new courses in 2007. Known for its breathtaking views and dramatic holes, this scenic golf course was designed by well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich and golf professional Darren Clarke. With 7 kilometers of fairways and 80 bunkers, the Indian Ocean is the only water hazard in this challenging course. A total of seven holes lines the rock cliffs, offering panoramic views of the ocean. Four of these holes are played over the ocean and cliff.


14. Royal Cape Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa

A classic parkland course established in 1885, Royal Cape Golf Club is the oldest golf course in South Africa. Designed for golfers of all skill levels, this 18-hole championship course is one of the best and most challenging courses in the country. It is laid out on a flat terrain, offering sweeping views of the magnificent Table Mountain. The fairways are narrow and require high accuracy. The trees can severely penalize wayward shots and the greens are heavily bunkered. Ponds and lakes come into play at numerous holes. Among the signature holes, the most difficult is the par 4 hole #14, a dogleg right played into the prevailing winds with water guarding the right front side of the green. The Royal Cape Golf Club has hosted the South African Open ten times as well as many other professional and top amateur events. It has also been hosting the Cape Town Open since 2012


15. Steenberg Golf Club, Cape Town, South Africa

Set in the heart of the tranquil Constantia Winelands and surrounded by the Silvermine mountain range lies Steenburg Golf Club.  Situated on the Steenberg Golf Estate, this 18 hole Peter Matkovich championship course is consistently regarded as one of the finest golf course in Cape Town and South Africa. Near perfect conditioning all year round brings players back to try and conquer its many majestic holes over and over again.


16. Stellenbosch Golf Club, Garden Route, South Africa

Founded in 1904, Stellenbosch Golf Club is the fourth oldest golf club in South Africa. It offers a superb 18-hole championship course which has hosted many prestigious tournaments such as the South African Open Championship and the South African Masters. Set in a parkland setting, this scenic course is nestled at the foot of the majestic Helderberg Mountains just outside of Stellenbosch, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. It is laid out on a relatively flat terrain with just a few gentle elevation changes. There are four holes played on water and a number of holes are framed by large trees, making each hole unique and memorable. A round of golf at Stellenbosch Golf Club, with its breathtaking scenery, provides a challenging and enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels.


17. The Lost City Golf Course, Sun City, South Africa

Lost City Golf Course, Sun City, North West Province, South Africa / The course was carved out of undulating and rocky terrain. Situated over a hill from the Gary Player Country Club, the Lost City’s layout is different in character. With the wide fairways and receptive greens it is a fantastic golf experience for golfers of varying standards. The Lost City golf course covers more than 100 hectares and incorporates 28 000 square metres of water features – not surprisingly Golf Carts are compulsory.

Signature Hole : The most hazardous area of the Lost City Golf Course is the 13th hole. Inhabiting the water hazard are Nile crocodiles, some of them nearly two metres long. Golfers are discouraged from retrieving their wayward balls from the croc infested pool. The unusual water hazard is just one of the features that make the Lost City Golf Course exciting and interesting to play. No effort was spared to make the course a masterpiece.  



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