The Western Cape is gaining increasing attention as a world destination for golf, and rightly so. With a constellation of pristine, emerald courses nestled into the province’s spectacularly beautiful and topographically voluptuous landscape, local and foreign golfing enthusiasts are truly spoilt for choice.
What puts our golf courses in a class of their own? Here, you play side-by-side with rugged mountain ranges, glittering oceans, a garrulous birdlife, and even the occasional wild animal.
Just a short drive from Cape Town, here’s a look at the province’s (and country’s) top courses.
Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate
Within the rugged embrace of the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains in the Paarl wine valley lies 500-acres of impeccably conditioned golf course bordered by the Berg River and thriving vineyards. Pearl Valley carries a reputation as one of the country’s most spectacularly beautiful golf courses, which was no design accident. Pearl Valley is a work of art by preeminent golf course designer Jack Nicklaus and, since 2006, has consistently landed a spot among the top 10 courses in South Africa by Golf Digest magazine. It has also been named the Western Cape’s best-conditioned golf course every year for five years in a row (2010 to 2015).
Where: R301, Wemmershoek Road, Paarl
Contact: 021 867 8000, email@example.com
Arabella Golf Club
The Arabella Country Estate is home to an 18-hole championship course that is the design vision of lauded golf architect, Peter Matkovich. The course offers golfers a healthy challenge set against a spectacular backdrop of the Palmiet Mountain Range and the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, a haven for bird life and the Western Cape’s indigenous fynbos vegetation. At the 9th, 17th, and 18th holes, the course runs parallel to the Bot River Lagoon, the country’s largest natural lagoon, making Arabella Country Club a magnificent golfing destination complemented by its luxurious hotel and spa.
Where: R44, Arabella Country Estate, on the way to Kleinmond
Contact: 028 284 0105
Steenberg Golf Club
Another beautiful golf course by Peter Matkovich, Steenberg Golf Estate shares its nest in Cape Town’s Constantia valley with the winery’s vineyards (of the same name). From every acre on this beautifully conditioned course, views of the dramatic Constantiaberg Mountains with their carpeting of lush forest can be savoured. The course itself is technically challenging and varied, featuring a mix of wetlands, flats, parkland, and fynbos. Afterwards, golfers can enjoy Steenberg Estate’s world-class offerings of a wine cellar, restaurant, spa, and luxuriously appointed accommodations.
Where: 11111 Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town
Contact: 021 715 0227, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fancourt Golf Estate
Fancourt Golf Estate in the Garden Route encompasses three different courses – the Links, Montagu, and Outeniqua – all of which consistently feature in Golf Digest’s top 20 courses in South Africa. The brand has a solid legacy of sporting excellence with the Links, a challenging and unique course, currently taking the top spot in the country. The golf courses at Fancourt are set against the Cape’s stunning natural scenery and are laid out over gently undulating terrain and dunes, which offer golfers a decent challenge, especially when the wind picks up.
Where: 1 Montagu Street, Blanco, George, Garden Route
Contact: 044 804 0000, email@example.com
Unparalleled views, impeccably manicured and conditioned greens, challenging courses, and golfing estates that are also home to top quality restaurants, spas, hotels, and wineries, Cape Town’s golf courses hit a hole-in-one!