Golfen in Zuid-Afrika - De mooiste golfbanen en golfresorts
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Golfen in Zuid-Afrika
Bijna elke plaats in Zuid-Afrika heeft zijn eigen Golf course. Er zijn meer dan 500 golfbanen in Zuid-Afrika en dat aantal blijft vanwege de grote vraag nog steeds groeien. Veel van deze banen zijn van superieure kwaliteit, bijzonder mooi gelegen en van alle gemakken voorzien. Bezoekers zijn welkom en de greenfees zijn betaalbaar. Zuid Afrika staat in de top 10 van golf bestemmingen wereldwijd. Fancourt, in George op de Garden Route, is door de  International Association of Golf Tour Operators uit geroepen tot World Golf Resort of the Year.

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Onderstaande lijst is een selectie van bijzondere golfcourses.

Arabella Golf Club  - Overberg
This international championship golf course, designed by Peter Matkovich, lies on the scenic Botrivier lagoon near Hermanus, with spectacular views of the Kogelberg mountain range.The course is rated one of the top 5 in South Africa. Despite Arabella being a challenging championship course, it can also be played by beginners. Broad fairways leave a lot of space. It has, though, many bunkers and water features, and the wind also plays a part and demands high concentration from the player.
Arabella offers a luxury hotel with a spacious wellness section. The golfer can choose between several restaurants, lounges and bars and visit the well assorted Golf Lifestyle Shop.
Bekijk ook de video over de Arabella Golf Club

Durban Country Club - Durban
The Durban Country Club golf course is still today - despite the serious competition in George and Sun City - the best golf course in South Africa. No other golf club has hosted the South African Open and other important tournaments as often as Durban. The course lies directly at the beach of the Indian Ocean and has been masterly fashioned into the dunes. It was opened in 1922 and updated 1959.
Many of the holes are positively difficult. The 12th with its steeply raised green is also called the Prince of Wales hole. The Prince who played here in 1924, needed 17 strokes, until the ball was eventually in the hole.
Bekijk ook een fimpje over de Durban Country Club

Pezula Golf Club - Knysna
The Pezula Championship Golf Course is one of the most scenic and spectacular courses of South Africa. It is situated high over the Atlantic Ocean and the lagoon of Knysna. There is no other course in the country with such stunning views.
The course was designed and harmoniously integrated into the coastal landscape by the Americans Ron Fream and David Dale.
The modern clubhouse overlooks the lagoon and provides for all your needs. Besides the excellent restaurant, there is a cosy lounge with bar, a tennis court, a gym and a heated swimming pool.
Bekijk ook de video over Pezula Golfresort in Knysna (Garden Route)

Simola Golf Club - Knysna
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Pinnacle Point Golf Estate - Mossel Bay

The - still relatively new - Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort in Mossel Bay is one of the most spectacular golf developments on the Garden Route of South Africa. Pinnacle Point lies on a huge property of 400 hectares right at the sea and looks down on a four kilometre long beach. The championship course was designed by master architect Peter Matcovitch, who himself called it the most dramatic course he had ever worked on. Several of the holes are situated right above the ocean. The fairways and greens are strikingly green and manicured and lined by Fynbos vegetation.
Bekijk ook de video over Pinnacle Point Golfresort in Mossel Bay (Garden Route)

Fancourt Golf Club Estate - George
Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate has since its opening transformed George into South Africa's new golf capital, situated in the heart of the popular Garden Route. The resort comprises two 18-hole golf courses of the championship class, both designed by Gary Player. Fancourt is - so far the only South African - member of the renowned "Great Golf Resorts of the World".
The Links Golf Course of Fancourt Golf Club Estate
The two Fancourt golf courses "Outeniqua", "The Links" and "Montagu" are reserved for hotel residents and members of the estate. A third one, "Bramble Hill", especially caters for visitors. This is an 18-hole course as well which also boasts some spectacular features.
Fancourt also comprises a golf school with its own 4-hole course, a driving range under roof and class rooms.
Bekijk een video over Fancourt Golf & Country Club

George Golf Club - George
The George Golf Club - founded in 1886 - lies a few kilometres west of George at the foot of the imposing Outeniqua Mountains. The course has been changed and extended several times and is nowadays an18-hole championship course in natural surroundings of most stunning beauty.
The course is hilly and densely forested along the well maintained fairways, partially with endemic coastal rainforest.
Hole18 is the course's biggest challenge: The shot heads in the direction of the clubhouse - with the wonderful mountain range behind it. The green is surrounded by bunkers and lies in a ditch which can only be seen at short distance.

Zimbali Golf Resort - Ballito

The modern Zimbali Country Club lies near Ballito on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, about an half hour north of Durban. The South African PGA and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf has designed it.
In parts the course leads through dense subtropical vegetation, in other parts through wetlands and open terrain. Many spots afford stunning views of the Indian Ocean.
The greens are strongly undulating, and there are numerous water hazards. The course is scenic and well maintained, but it has the disadvantage of closest proximity to a very busy road.
The clubhouse offers any luxury imaginable. From the wooden view deck one looks across the entire course on to the Indian Ocean.
Bekijk de video over het Zimbali Golf Resort

Legend Golf & Safari Estate - Waterberg

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Hans Merensky Estate - Phalaborwa

The Hans Merensky Golf Club lies in a subtropical paradise in the Limpopo Province. The hilly course was opened in 1967 and has since then been maintained very well, with intensely green fairways and several enchanting water features.
Because the golf course borders in the east directly on the Kruger National Park, one can not only play golf here, but also observe a lot of game, e.g. various antelopes, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile.Even lions have been sighted on the course. The game arrives usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon to drink at the waterholes. Golfers should only move around the course in a caddy to avoid unpleasant encounters.
The Hans Merensky Golf Club is a favourite destination of many South Africa golf tours, for the course provides an authentically African experience. The 8th hole (par 3, 155 metres long) is particularly attractive. The green is guarded by a water obstacle, where crocodiles live. Each year a tournament of the South African Vodacom Tour is being played here.
Bekijk de video over het Hans Merensky Golf Estate

Golfen op Sun City
Golf spelen op een unieke plek, in de krater  van een uitgedoofde vulkaan? Dat kan op Sun City in Zuid-Afrika. Hier liggen twee van de meest spectaculaire golfbanen ter wereld. Ontworpen door de legendarische Gary Player: de Gary Player Country Club en de Lost City Golf Course, beide 18-holes. Uiteraard worden hier regelmatig kampioenschappen gehouden. Beide banen zijn van de beste kwaliteit.
 
Gary Player Country Club - Sun City
Op de Gary Player Country Club wordt sinds 1981 jaarlijks de Nedbank Golf Challenge gehouden. Grote golfnamen als Jack Nicklaus, Severiano Ballesteros, Tom Watson, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods en nog vele anderen hebben hier gespeeld. Maar ook beroemdheden als Frank Sinatra heeft op deze baan een balletje geslagen. De Gary Play Golf Course staat in de top vijf van beste golfbanen in Zuid-Afrika. De Gary Player Country Club beschikt over een Spa waar men terecht kan voor een breed scala aan massages en beauty behandelingen. Daarnaast beschikt de Gary Play club over meerdere sportfaciliteiten: 11 tennisbanen, 2 squashbanen, mountainbike routes en twee joggingroutes rondom de Gary Player en de Lost City Golfcourses.

The Gary Player Country Club golf course is part of the huge Sun City entertainment complex and borders the - also by Gary Player designed - Lost City golf course and the Pilanesberg National Park. The course lies amidst beautiful nature and is regarded as one of the best in the world. Stretching over more than 7000 metres, it definitely is one of the world's longest golf courses. Here, every year in December, during the hot season, the "Million Dollar Challenge", sponsored by South Africa´s Nedbank, is played.
All 18 holes are to be classified as difficult. There are plenty bunkers and water hazards in the shape of rivers and dams. The most spectacular hole is the ninth with its island green (par five).
Sun City lies 150 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. Sun City offers - besides its golf courses - a great variety of entertainment facilities: casino, waterworld, cinemas, varieté shows, various sports facilities, some hotels and many restaurants. In the neighbouring Pilanesberg game reserve one can encounter the African wildlife world.
 
Lost City Golf Course - Sun City
Een groene oase om in te golfen: de Lost City Golf Course is ontworpen in woestijn-stijl, met op de achtergrond het befaamde Palace of the Lost City en de majestueuze bergen van Pilanesberg. Deze golfbaan heeft alle facetten van Afrika in zich. De golfbaan ligt op 100 hectare en heeft meer dan 28.000 m² aan waterpartijen. Bij hole 13 ligt zelfs een vijver met krokodillen langs de green. Op loopafstand van het vijfsterren hotel The Palace of the Lost City, ligt het state-of-the-art clubhouse, welke over uitzonderlijk goede faciliteiten beschikt. Hier kan men golfcarts huren en zijn er kluisjes en kleedkamers. In het Crocodile restaurant heeft men uitzicht over verschillende holes en kan men terecht voor een lunch of een sundowner.

The Lost City Golf Course lies within the Sun City entertainment complex in the semi-desert of the North-West Province of South Africa. It was designed - like the neighbouring Gary Player Country Club - by South Africa's grand master of golf Gary Player. The Lost City Golf Course is long, difficult and beautiful and belongs to the best in the world.
The course shows many water hazards, a lake among them. The most dangerous water hazard lies at hole 13 (directly at the green), because here a great number of crocodiles is romping about, some more than two metres long. It is not advisable to fish golf balls out of the water, why it usually contains dozens of them.
On the premises of the Golf Course is the Titleist Golf Academy, run by the professional golfer Teddy. Teddy has twenty years of teaching experience and offers group and individual tuition - if requested, also with video feedback - for any level.

Bekijk ook de video over golfen in Sun City

Clovelly Country Club - Fish Hoek

The Clovelly Country Club is known to be one of the most beautiful courses in the Cape region. The course lies between Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay on the Cape Peninsula in the picturesque Clovelly valley in scenic nature. The softly undulating grounds are bordered in the north by mountains covered in Fynbos and by sand dunes in the south. In some places one has a view of the Indian Ocean. The clubhouse above the course is generously laid out and has a colonial flair.
The fairways of the Clovelly Golf Course are narrow and require precision. Often strong winds push from False Bay into the valley of Clovelly. The 9th hole is perceived as the most difficult Par 5 in the entire Cape.
The club has a new practice range. The clubhouse boasts a very good restaurant, lounge and bar and a well assorted Pro shop.

Rondebosch Golf Club - Cape Town
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Devonvale Golf Estate - Stellenbosch
The scenic Devonvale Golf Estate lies a few kilometres northwest of Stellenbosch close to the N1 freeway. Devonvale - established in 1962 - is a challenging 18-hole championship course with spectacular views that stretch all the way to Table Mountain.
Golfers can enjoy a challenging day’s play on the upgraded course, which still has its renowned and unique country appeal. The Devonvale also offers practice grounds: a driving range as well as a practice putting area and a practice bunker.

De Zalze Golf Club - Stellenbosch

This international championship golf course, designed by Peter Matkovich, lies next to the Stellenbosch Golf Course in front of stunning mountains and surrounded by softly undulating vineyards. The Blaauwklippen river, lined by oak trees, winds its way through the expansive park of the golf estate and comes into the game in some places.
The course is not easy. Water, huge fairway- and deep green-bunkers make it difficult for the player. Spectacular is the tee-off situated on an island.
Bekijk de video over De Zalze Golf Club & Kleine Zalze Wine Estate

Erinvale Golf & Country Club - Somerset West
The Erinvale Golf Course in Somerset West was designed by Gary Player and is seen as one of the best courses of the Western Cape province of South Africa. In 1996 it hosted the IGA World Cup of Golf. The course is situated on the former Erinvale Farm at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains. The views are spectacular. One can see beautiful the False Bay and the Hottentots Holland mountain range in the east. The mountains protect the course from the wind.
Erinvale Golf & Country EstateThe first 9 holes lie in a valley and are despite the many bunkers and water hazards quite easy to play. Holes 10 to 18, however, stretch over mountainous terrain and provide considerable challenges. In parts the fairways ascend steeply. Fortunately there are electric golf carts for hire.
The modern Club house is laid out generously, has its own restaurant and a very well equipped pro shop.
Belijk de video over de Erinvale Golf & Country Club

Pearl Valley Golf Club - Paarl

This championship course of the masterclass, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is one of the most exclusive and difficult golf courses in the entire Cape. Pearl Valley Golf Estate is surrounded by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains and bordered by vineyards with The Berg River water hazard running through it!
Pearl Valley is the latest addition to the Jack Nicklaus's repertoire of signature-designed courses worldwide.
Nicklaus has stayed true to his design principles by working closely with nature and has provided a golf course that fits in with the environment. This fairly flat and largely uninterrupted terrain enabled Nicklaus the freedom to develop hole strategies making this a golf course the golfer has to think his/her way around. Water hazards come into play on just about every hole. Typical of a Jack Nicklaus design there are many bunkers, 76 to be exact, which have been cleverly sculptured into the fairway and around the greens!
Greens and fairways are very well maintained. They are covered with "all seasons cool grass" from the USA. At almost every hole a water obstacle comes into play. And bunkers have not been used sparingly: 76 well integrated bunkers are spread across the course. It is a challenge for the passionate golf player.
The clubhouse is also of the highest standard, with restaurant, boma, sports bar, cigar lounge, swimming pools, fitness centre, conference rooms and preschool crêche. There is, of course, also a well assorted pro shop.
Bekijk een video over de Pearl Valley Golf Course

Boschenmeer - Paarl

Boschenmeer, adjacent to a lake and bird sanctuary, is home to the Paarl golf course and boasts the only 27-hole golf course in the Cape. The extra nine holes that have been added on are designed by South African golfing legend David Frost. The fourth hole of the Boschenmeer Nine was recently voted the best in South Africa and it is believed that the extra nine holes add to the world-class beauty and playability.
This is more of a 'grip-it-and-rip-it' course with wide, generous fairways and a great challenge to any golfer. Sandwiched between the famous Paarl Rock and the Berg River this golf course allows one to play in a truly beautiful African setting

Silverlakes Golf Estate - Pretoria
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Glendower Golf Club - Johannesburg
The Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg hosted the South African Open in 1989, 1993 and 1997 and belongs to the top ten in South Africa. Due to its lush vegetation and the great variety of bird species, the course was proclaimed a nature conservation area in 1973.
The terrain is beautifully wooded and comprises many water hazards (at 11 holes) and 85 bunkers. The golf club also has a driving range. Visitors are always welcome at the Glendower Golf Club, and the fees are reasonable. One should, however, avoid playing there on the weekends.

Houghton Golf Club - Johannesburg
The Houghton Golf Club lies in the noble Johannesburg suburb of Houghton. Open since 1926, it is one of the oldest golf courses in South Africa. In 1993, Matkovich and Hayes completely revamped and redesigned it and the Gary Player Company put new bunkers in.
The Houghton Golf Course lies in softly undulating parklands with many trees. Numerous dams and ponds and beautifully flowering shrubs alongside the fairways provide an ideal habitat for birds, why the course has been proclaimed a bird sanctuary.
In 1951 and several times in the following years, the course hosted the South African Open. In 1995 the course was chosen for the inaugural "Alfred Dunhill Challenge", the most important competition in the southern hemisphere.
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