Golf Courses in South Africa
Four amazing golf courses set amongst the most beautiful backdrops in South Africa. Whether you want to play in a volcanic crater at Sun City, with the sounds of the waves crashing against the beach at the Wild Coast Sun or in a quiet tropical setting at the Royal Swazi Spa, what more could you ask for?
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Gary Player Country Club
This world-renowned golf course, designed by golf legend Gary Player, is an 18-hole par-72 walking-only course. Built in an extinct volcanic crater, this immaculate golfing paradise conforms to the stringent US PGA specifications and was named South Africa’s Best Golf Course in the World Golf Awards 2015.
It is also home to the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge which plays host to some of the world’s most famous golfing legends. The tournament has seen some exceptional wins by great players such as Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Sergio García and Lee Westwood.
When construction of the Sun City Resort began in 1978, the decision was taken to build a golf course that would rival the best in the world. From the championship tees, the course measures a mammoth 8000 yards – but either the intermediate or the forward tees can be used without the integrity of the design being impaired. Another strength of this layout is that it favours no particular shape of shot.
Lost City Golf Course
After the completion of the Gary Player Country Club golf course, the popularity of the Sun City Resort and its many attractions demanded that another golf course be built. Again, Gary Player was commissioned to design the course, his challenge being to create a very different golfing experience.
The Lost City Golf Course has rocky terrain with an 18-hole desert-style golf course that is surrounded by spectacular views across the bushveld. The course boasts wide fairways, a series of lakes that separates the ninth with the finishing hole, while covering more than 100 hectares with 28 000 square metres of water features.
The 72-par course has live 2-metre long crocodiles on the 13th hole with a green in the shape of the African continent. This makes it one of the most unusual, exciting and interesting golf courses in the world. The course facilities include a Pro Shop, a practice putting green and a driving range.
The South Coast Rebel
Wild Coast Sun
Many South African golfers insist that the Wild Coast Sun Country Club’s course is the most beautiful in the land. However, this course is much more than just a pretty face.
The celebrated course architect, Robert Trent Jones Jnr was commissioned to design the course at the Wild Coast Sun. While some critics suggested that he could hardly go wrong given the magnificent land available, he made every effort to utilise the natural topography to the full. The result is a course like no other.
The Wild Coast Sun Championship Golf Course is laid out over a rugged terrain running along the Indian Ocean which creates a dramatic golfing experience. This exciting course is played over hills, ravines, rivers, dams and waterfalls, and has breathtaking views. The 18-hole golf course has wide fairways and huge greens providing a daunting challenge to both professionals and amateurs alike and attracts golfers at all levels.
Although quite short in length, it is one of South Africa’s most testing layouts, especially with the strong prevailing winds that the Wild Coast region is famous for. This adds an entirely different dimension to the course. The signature hole, 13th par 3 is played across a waterfall to a green which is partly hidden by rocks and bush. This dramatic hole is regarded as one of the best short holes in South Africa.
The King's Favourite
Royal Swazi Spa
Situated across South Africa’s Eastern border lies the Kingdom of Swaziland where the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club is perfectly nested within the Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven).
This golf course is home to pure parkland variety and magnificent fairways lined by a dazzling array of trees and scrubs. The course layout has been revamped by the world-renowned architect Peter Matkovich.
With a proud history being the longest serving host on the Southern African Pro Tour, this course has seen the likes of Ernie Els and John Daly crowned as champions on its 18th green. While the pros might make a mockery of par here, none suggest that the course is “too easy”.