Unparalleled views, impeccably manicured and conditioned greens, challenging courses, and golfing estates that are also home to award-winning wineries, restaurants, spas, and hotels, these are some of Cape Town’s—and the Western Cape’s—best and most beautiful golf courses!
The Links Course, Fancourt Resort, George
Designed by Gary Player, one of the greatest South African golfers to ever play the game, the Links course at the spectacular Fancourt resort in George was built with the classic Scottish links courses in mind. Since its opening in November 2000, the course has been offering players a unique and challenging golfing experience, earning it the # 1 position on www.top100golfcourses.com’s 100 top golf courses in the Western Cape.
Where: The Links, Montagu Street, Blanco, George
Arabella Country Club, Kleinmond
The Arabella Country Estate, complete with luxurious hotel and spa, is home to an 18-hole championship course that is perched on the edge of the Bot River Lagoon near Hermanus, where thousands of water birds have made their home. Peter Matkovich is the lauded golf architect behind the design of this course, which offers players a healthy challenge set against the stunning scenery of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and Palmiet Mountain Range.
Where: R44, Arabella Country Estate, on the way to Kleinmond
Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate, Paarl
– Damian Wrigley (reviewer on www.top100golfcourses.com)
Pearl Valley carries a reputation for being one of South Africa’s most 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 several years in a row.
Where: R301, Wemmershoek Road, Paarl
Pinnacle Point Golf Estate, Mossel Bay
– Spencer Milton (reviewer on www.top100golfcourses.com)
Designed by golf architect Peter Matkovich and overlooking the Indian Ocean from its panoramic cliff-top position, the Pinnacle Point Golf Course is a unique and scenic masterpiece. The 18-hole golf course has a challenging layout that follows the contours of Mossel Bay’s dramatic landscape. Seven holes run parallel to the Indian Ocean and four are played quite exhilaratingly over ocean and cliff.
Where: 1 Pinnacle Point Road, Mossel Bay
Steenberg Golf Estate, Constantia
– Andy Newmarch (reviewer on www.top100golfcourses.com)
Set against the dramatic Constantiaberg Mountains and the 17th Century estate’s lush carpeting of vineyards, the Steenberg Golf Estate in the Constantia valley offers players an epically beautiful golfing experience. The course itself is technically challenging and varied, featuring a mix of wetlands, flats, parkland, and fynbos. And afterwards, there’s the promise of a glass (or bottle) of award-winning wine by Steenberg and breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the estate’s lauded restaurants, Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82.
Where: 1111 Tokai Road, Tokai, Cape Town
De Zalze Golf Club, Stellenbosch
– Javier Pintos (reviewer on www.top100golfcourses.com)
Yet another masterpiece by prolific golf architect Peter Matkovich, the De Zalze course sprawls out in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, on the 750-acre Spier Estate, in the shadow of the Helderberg Mountains. This pleasant parklands-style course (played to a par of 72) was originally opened in 2001 and, in 2006, co-hosted the prestigious biennial World Amateur Championships. Nearby, De Kleine Zalze winery offers a fantastic watering hole to refresh and refuel.
Where: R44, De Zalze Golf Estate, Stellenbosch