Golfing in Africa is quite an experience. From teeing up in front of an audience of hippo and giraffe to putting over mirrored lakes surrounded by towering mountains, we have some of the most beautiful and diverse golf courses in the world. Plus we have our very own expert golfer - both player and enthusiast - in Portfolio Journeys consultant, Gareth.
Here are Gareth's top tips for where to bring your backswing.
It's quite something to play on one of SA's signature courses. Two of them reside in the Garden Route, which is often described as "the unchallenged golf coast of Africa." Fancourt in George is backed by the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains and Pezula overlooks both the Knysna Lagoon and Indian Ocean. Sun City is home to two championship Gary Player courses and hosts the Nedbank Golf Challenge, while golfers at Leopard Creek, which borders the Kruger National Park, are at times required to halt play as curious giraffe and elephant meander over to take a look.
While these courses draw players and spectators from all over the world, there are plenty of other prestigious and picturesque courses of varying price points to satisfy golfers of all handicaps.
The Royal Cape Golf Club in Cape Town, Durban Country Club & Royal Johannesburg pack some punch in terms of historic games and will cost a little less than the signature venues. For an even more affordable but no less scenic African experience, the following clubs offer great facilities and courses for all handicaps: the charming Clovelly Country Club in Cape Town; Stellenbosch Golf Club and Pearly Valley in the pretty Winelands; Plettenberg Bay Country Club & George Country Club on the sought-after Garden Route and the urban Serengeti in Johannesburg. There are nearly 500 golf courses in South Africa!
Indian Ocean Islands
While South Africa is a known golfing mecca, the Indian Ocean Islands is probably better known for its palm tree-fringed beaches than for its bunkers. If you're not yet acquainted with its golfing prospects, make sure to put Mauritius on your next golfing holiday map. The island has eight 18-hole courses and five nine-hole courses, including one of the earliest golf courses outside of the British Isles. A golfing trip to this island escape comes with the enticing charms of perma-sunny skies, an Indian Ocean backdrop and of course, sundowners in a blissfully exotic beach location when your long day of golfing is done. Similarly, The Seychelles has several ridiculously good-looking courses on offer, including one on the very popular island of Mahe.
The Rest Of Southern & East Africa
Fancy an African Fish Eagle admiring your double eagle? The national bird of Zimbabwe can often be sighted soaring above the country's golf courses, while plains game pepper the greens in Kenya. Golf in Namibia calls to mind searing gold sunshine and sweeping flat landscapes.
Having played extensively across South Africa, I would be delighted to offer my expertise to help you plan your perfect African golf trip. Drop me an email or call me on +27 21 250 0018 / toll free UK: 0800 368 6152 / toll free US & Canada: 188 8515 3608.