South Africa Best Golf Courses

Best golf courses in South Africa

You may already have heard of southern Africa's big five game animals; they are perhaps matched by another big five who have straddled the world's golfing elite in recent years : Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Nick Price, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen. Its no wonder that golfers of this quality come from the southern part of Africa - the golfing environment is just made for the development of top quality players. 

The courses themselves are both numerous and of a high and testing standard. The biggest concentrations of courses are to be found around Durban and KwaZulu-Natal; Cape Town and the Garden Route, and also in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria, not forgetting nearby Sun City. In few other countries will you find such well presented courses which can also boast a huge variety of flora and fauna. 

On most golf courses you will be entertained by a spectacular array of birdlife, while some of the more notable wild animals may also put in appearances depending on where you are playing - vervet monkeys and baboons are not uncommon, while hippo, crocodile, giraffe, warthogs and the like can be seen on a few specific courses. 

The longevity of golf in South Africa ensures a wonderful array of old, established courses, which are increasingly being supplemented by excellent new resort courses. Some of these newer courses, especially the coastal layouts, can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the world's best courses. Green-keeping is generally of a high standard, and the almost obligatory halfway-house facilities could be a model for food standards and friendly service the world over, even if they do add 10 or 15 minutes to your round.

The availability of good quality, well-trained caddies is very well developed, due in large part to the Vodacom Caddy Foundation, which supports and trains caddies throughout South Africa.

To find out more about the top golf courses in South Africa, check out the list below. Where2Golf provides golf course reviews, golf ratings, photos, resort and hotel information of the best.

South Africa Golf Map with Top Golf Courses and Resorts

click on the green arrow in the toolbar OF the table below to sortStay & Play Golf Resort.Private course – for members and their invited guests only.Unrated course – not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.2-star: reasonable standard. Good value, especially if better courses not available.3-star: a good course with many fine features.3+ (3-gold): a good course with many fine features. One of our top-rated 3’s.4-star: a must play course - excellent standard.4+ (4-gold): a must play course - excellent standard. One of our top-rated 4’s !5-star: simply the best - golf courses don’t get much better than this.5+ (5-gold): simply the best - golf courses don’t get better than this. One of our top-rated 5’s!
Arabella, RSA 4b.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownMatkovich, Peter
Atlantic Beach, RSA 3b.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownMuller, Mark
Blair Atholl, RSA p.gifPrivate clubJohannesburgPlayer, Gary
Blue Valley 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgPlayer, Gary
Bryanston 4b.gifNot SaturdaysJohannesburgAlison, Charles Hugh
Cathedral Peak 0.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanUnknown
CC Jo'burg (Rocklands) 3b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgHawtree, Martin
CC Jo'burg (Woodmead) 4b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgHawtree, Fred W.
Centurion CC, RSA 3b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgMatkovich, Peter
Champagne Sports 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanBaiocchi, Hugh
Clovelly 3b.gifWkends restrictdCape TownMurray, Dr. Charles
Cotswold Downs 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanMatkovich, Peter
Dainfern 4a.gifTues thru' FriJohannesburgPlayer, Gary
De Zalze 4a.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownMatkovich, Peter
Durban CC 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanWaterman, George
Durban CC (Beachwood) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanBrews, Sid
East London 4a.gifVisitors welcomeEast LondonHotchkin, Colonel S.V.
Ebotse Links 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgMatkovich, Peter
Elements PGR, S Africa 4a.gifRsrt guests onlyJohannesburgMatkovich, Peter
Els Club Copperleaf 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgEls, Ernie
Erinvale 4b.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownPlayer, Gary
Fancourt (Bramble Hill) 3a.gif(Closed in 2008)GeorgePlayer, Gary
Fancourt (Montagu) 5a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgePlayer, Gary
Fancourt (Outeniqua) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgePlayer, Gary
Fancourt (The Links) 5b.gifRsrt guests onlyGeorgePlayer, Gary
Fish River Sun 4a.gifVisitors welcomeEast LondonPlayer, Gary
George 4a.gifNot Sat or WedGeorgeMurray, Dr. Charles
Glendower 4b.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgAlison, Charles Hugh
Goose Valley 4a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgePlayer, Gary
Hans Merensky 4b.gifVisitors welcomeNelspruitGrimsdell, Robert
Hermanus 3b.gifNot SaturdaysCape TownGrimsdell, Robert
Highland Gate, RSA 4a.gifVisitors welcomeNelspruitEls, Ernie
Houghton 4a.gifNot SaturdaysJohannesburgNicklaus, Jack
Humewood 4b.gifVisitors welcomePort ElizabethHotchkin, Colonel S.V.
Killarney, RSA 3b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgJones Sr, Robert Trent
King David Mowbray 3a.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownHotchkin, Colonel S.V.
Kingswood, RSA 4a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeObermeyer, Danie
Knysna 0.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeBasson, Phillip
Kyalami 4b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgTomsett, Arthur
Lagoon Bay 0.gif(Nothing built yet)GeorgeJacobs, Phil
Legend, RSA 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgImmelman, Goosen et al.
Leopard Creek 5b.gifLodge guests onlyNelspruitPlayer, Gary
Maccauvlei 3b.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgPeck, Hotckin & Matkovich.
Milnerton 3a.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownMuller, Mark
Modderfontein 3a.gifNot SaturdaysJohannesburgTomsett, Arthur
Mossel Bay 3a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeGrimsdell, Robert
Mt Edgecombe (One) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanBrews, Sid
Mt Edgecombe (Two) 3a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanDaysen, De Villiers, Van Der Merwe
Nelspruit 4a.gifVisitors welcomeNelspruitGrimsdell, Robert
Nondela 0.gifCourse closedDurbanEls, Ernie
Oubaai 4b.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeEls, Ernie
Paarl GC, RSA 3b.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownFrost, David
Parkview, RSA 4a.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Pearl Valley 4b.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownNicklaus, Jack
Pecanwood 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgNicklaus, Jack
Pezula 4a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeFream & Dale
Pinnacle Point 5a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeMatkovich, Peter
Plettenberg Bay 4a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeHawtree, Roger
Port Elizabeth 3a.gifVisitors welcomePort ElizabethJohnston, Jimmy
Port Shepstone 0.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanBrews, Sid
Pretoria CC 4a.gifNot SaturdaysJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Prince's Grant 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanMatkovich, Peter
Randpark (Bushwillow) 3b.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Randpark (Firethorn) 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgBrews, Sid
River Club, RSA p.gifPrivate clubJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Rondebosch 0.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownGrimsdell, Robert
Roodepoort 4a.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgPlayer & Kirby
Royal Cape 4a.gifVisitors welcomeCape TownMurray, Dr. Charles
Royal Durban 3a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanGrimsdell, Robert
Royal Jbrg & K (East) 4b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Royal Jbrg & K (West) 4a.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgWaters, Laurie
Royal Port Alfred 3a.gifVisitors welcomeEast LondonGrimsdell, Robert
Royal Swazi Spa 0.gifVisitors welcomeNelspruitMatkovich, Peter
Sabi River 4a.gifSat'day restrictdNelspruitGolf Data
San Lameer 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanMatkovich, Peter
Selborne 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanBarker, Denis
Serengeti 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgNicklaus, Jack
Silver Lakes, RSA 3b.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgMatkovich, Peter
Simbithi 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanMatkovich, Peter
Simola 5a.gifVisitors welcomeGeorgeNicklaus, Jack
Sishen 4a.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Skukuza 0.gifSat'day restrictdNelspruitClub members
Southbroom 3b.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanMandy, A.L.
St Francis Bay 3a.gifVisitors welcomePort ElizabethGrimsdell, Robert
St Francis Links 4b.gifVisitors welcomePort ElizabethNicklaus, Jack
Steenberg 4a.gifOn applicationCape TownMatkovich, Peter
Stellenbosch 3b.gifNot SaturdaysCape TownElkin, Ken
Sun City (Gary Player CC) 5b.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgPlayer, Gary
Sun City (Lost City CC) 4b.gifVisitors welcomeJohannesburgPlayer, Gary
Umdoni Park 3b.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanBrews, Sid
Umhlali 3a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanMatkovich, Peter
Umkomaas 0.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanGrimsdell, Robert
Victoria CC, RSA 4a.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanGrimsdell, Robert
Wanderers 4a.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert
Westlake 3a.gifNot SaturdaysCape TownMurray, Dr. Charles
White River 3a.gifVisitors welcomeNelspruitGary Player Design
Wild Coast Sun 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanJones Jr, Robert Trent
Wingate Park 3a.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgAlison, Charles Hugh
Woodhill 4a.gifNot SaturdaysJohannesburgMatkovich, Peter
Zimbali 4b.gifVisitors welcomeDurbanWeiskopf, Tom
Zwartkop 0.gifWkends restrictdJohannesburgGrimsdell, Robert

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