Golfing is a sport that is flourishing throughout South Africa and attracting a fair share of visitors that are seeking to play on the beautiful greens of the Rainbow Nation. Statistics from the South African Golf Association state that there are currently over 450 affiliated golf clubs, with approximately 125 thousand golfers enjoying the greens every year. Clearly, this means we have some great greens, but which ones should be at the top of your list? Well, we have had a hit at them all and put together our list of the 5 best golf courses in South Africa in 2020.
One of our favourite greens is also a much-loved course for golfers all over the world. The Links at Fancourt is situated in the Western Cape and was designed by none other than three-time Open Champ, Gary Player.
This green shares the traditional landscapes of seaside golf, which you might recognise from the famous Links greens throughout the UK and Ireland.
The Links at Fancourt is not the most beginner-friendly green though, especially if the winds pick up. Proper shot selection is a must, but for all you keen golfers this has to be the cream of the crop.
Durban Country Club
There’s a reason that the Durban Country Club has hosted 17 South African Opens (more than any other course). Located in KwaZulu-Natal, this course offers an unforgettable experience, during your play and afterwards (make sure to take a look at all the memorabilia throughout the club).
With its challenging first five holes and the sounds of the Indian Ocean in the backdrop, the Durban Country Club gives you a variety of fairway designs to enjoy. Although you will hear the highway in the distance, it shouldn’t damper things too much. The course will also require you to use a range of the clubs in your arsenal – which we love.
Humewood Golf Club
The Humewood Golf Club is an 18-hole course situated among the dunes of Algoa Bay on the Eastern Cape. It is often referred to as the one true links course in South Africa, but from first impressions, it doesn’t feel like the traditional links.
You’ll need your best straight drives to do well on this course. One thing worth pointing out though is you will often see the resident monkeys and meerkats here too, which is always an added excitement for visitors.
Gary Player Country Club
Heading to the North West, we have none other than the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City. This is considered as the most famous South African golf course because of the annual ‘Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge’.
This is one of the more extensive courses in South Africa, about 7,000 metres from the tips and a relatively flat fairway – but don’t let this mislead you – the green is tricky and notoriously fast.
Outside of the golf course, playing this one will also give you access to the Vegas-like Sun City entertainment resort – plus the bonus of being able to tee up a game on the other course located here the Lost City.
Depending on when you go, you may struggle with the heat and not being able to use a buggy to get around the course. However, the caddies are fantastic at the club.
Leopard Creek Country Club
Just a short four-hour drive from Johannesburg, this fantastic South African golf course will have you wanting more. The breathtaking views, excellent service, thrilling wildlife, and enjoyable green.
Admittedly the back nine are more memorable than the front, but this is mostly due to the superb views.
Playing at Leopard Creek Country Club will require a little extra effort as it is an exclusive fairway for club members and their guests. However, if you stay at one of the game lodges within the area and fork out the higher end green-fee (about R4,200), you can enjoy the Crocodile River and the wild Leopard Creek green.
This course may not be for everyone, but it’s a truly unique experience thanks to the world championship quality golf and sharing the green with many of Africa’s wild animals!