The Top Golf Courses in South Africa

Premier golfing magazine, Golf Digest, recently revealed their Top 100 golf courses in South Africa. This year saw 9 new entries in the 2016 ranking and we take a look at the top 10 and highlight a few of the golf estates as well.

Fancourt Links

This golf course has seen many professional players grace its pristine greens but it can also boast with being the only course in Africa that has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This is due to the fact that the course is committed to the protection of the environment and preservation of golf’s heritage.

Here golfers have to compete against a cleverly designed links course and on many days the wind blowing through George.

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Leopard Creek

A legend amongst players, Leopard Creek is not only a course where you play against your partners but also against yourself as the course requires creative play to make each swing count. Furthermore, its location next to the Kruger National Park means that sometimes you will have to share your view with a few antelope or even an elephant - we suggest leaving a wet ball in the water on this course!

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Gary Player Country Club

When a course was designed by one of the most prolific golf players in the world, you know that playing on this course will test your skills as a golfer. 

However, even on your worst days, you cannot help but be in awe of the surrounding beauty. Rolling hills and lush vegetation might not make your game any easier but it sure helps when you missed your shot at the hole by a few centimeters.

Glendower Golf Club

One of the biggest movers on the list, Glendower has rocketed up to the 4th position in 2016. This course was designed in the late 1930’s by Charles Alison and is know to be one of the toughest parkland tests which visually intimidates players on every single hole.

This Johannesburg beauty has played host to the South African Open since 2013 and it would seem that hosting duties have renewed interest in this legendary course.

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Durban Country Club

Another big mover, moving up 5 spots from 2014’s ranking, can be attributed to the revival of course over the past 12 months. From the general presentation of the course to the playability of the greens, with many experts believing that if this trend continues this club could be restored to the number one club in South Africa.

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Fancourt (Montagu)

Originally designed by Gary Player, Fancourt’s Montagu course has developed into one of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts. It has been exquisitely conditioned to provide a riveting golfing experience, with this tree-lined course covering large tracts of varying terrain on rolling land.

It will be hard for you to decide which offers more breathtaking scenery - the surroundings or the course!

St Francis Links

Situated in the picturesque St Francis Bay, the St Francis Links golf course offers players a world-class experience with its perfect blend of nature, relaxed living and the oldest of golfing traditions, and as Jack Nicklaus said, St Francis Links may well be “...the best golf course he has ever seen”. 

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Pearl Valley Golf Club

Nestled in the beautiful Berg River Valley, surrounded by the majestic Simonsberg Mountains, lies the Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate. Pearl Valley boasts, among numerous other exclusive facilities, an iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Golf Digest Magazine and awarded Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years, it’s evident that it does indeed take a legend to make a legend.

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Arabella Golf Club

Tricky sand traps and challenging water hazards are just two things that make this golf course such a favourite with golfers - yes, we asked, golfers likes to be challenged. However, this course is a fine example of the delicate balance between a challenging but enjoyable course. Staggered alongside the Bot River Lagoon, the course offers breathtaking views of the Kogelberg Mountains and Arabella’s own manicured and sculpted gardens.

It also carries the distinction of having one of the best finishing holes in the country! The only way to fully enjoy it would be to play each hole until you can finally say you saw the 18th hole at Arabella!

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is a 36-hole golf complex which opened in 1890 as the Royal Johannesburg Golf Club and merged with the Kensington Golf Club in 1998. And since it first opened the course has always been one of the best courses to play in South Africa, slipping only one spot from the 2014 ranking.

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Golf Estate Living

Whilst some of the top 10 courses does have a residential element to them, we wanted to highlight some of the other courses in top 100 that boasts with impressive golf estate living.

Blair Atholl

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This course situated in Lanseria not only boasts with a stunning course but also with some of the most impressive residential properties in Gauteng. You will see why residents love the exclusivity of this estate with its open spaces and focus on providing a world-class lifestyle.

Pezula and Simola

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The beautiful Pezula and Simola in Knysna is no stranger to accolades and we can’t help adding to it when we browse the properties in this development. Beautiful homes set in even more breathtaking surroundings always wins out the day!

Serengeti Estate

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One of the newer courses, Serengeti situated on the outskirts of Kempton Park is quickly becoming a must for property buyers looking for the security and lifestyle a golf estate offers. Contemporary design and easy access to major routes make this a winner for many young professionals.

Eagle Canyon Golf Estate

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A new entry on the list this golf estate in Roodepoort is quickly becoming a premier location for prospective home buyers and golfers alike. And with its beautifully designed course and the promise of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city it is easy to see why.

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