The debate is over. South Africa is now the premier golfing destination in the world, offering a combination of world-class golf courses and world-class accommodation at very affordable prices. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic, South Africa boasts of a cultural diversity and scenic beauty that can leave one awestruck.
Glendower Golf Courses:
Rated as Gauteng's top golf course, this championship golf course in Johannesburg has proven to be one of South Africa's greatest tests of golfing prowess.
Coupled with amazing beauty and impeccable manicuring and being set in a wooded parkland paradise, you are always ensured of a memorable round of golf.
This South Africa golf course is situated in the suburbs of Johannesburg just 10 minutes from the Johannesburg Airport. Magnificent greens, an abundance of bunkers and luscious Kikuyu fairways complete your golfing experience in South Africa.
The Royal Johannesburg Golf Club:
The two 18 hole layouts at 'Royal' are among the best golf courses in Johannesburg. Royal was built in 1933 and the championship East layout has been frequent host to the South African Open.
This South Africa golf course is ideally located in Fairway Avenue, Linksfield North. These courses have a tree lined parkland layout with gentle undulations rather than abrupt slopes for ideal golfing in South Africa.
Pecanwood Golf and Country Club:
Pecanwood Golf and Country Club is a golf estate, which is situated on the southern shore of the Hartebeesport Dam with the Magaliesberg Mountains in the background. The golf course in South Africa is outstanding, both from its setting and for its design and layout.
Whatever your standard of golf, there is a way round to suit you. The fairways are grassed with Kikuyu from tee to green while the greens themselves are the first to be planted in South Africa in Crenshaw bent grass.
Due to the extremely resilient nature of this grass, capable of withstanding the combined effects of heat and heavy traffic, they can always be cut low and kept fast.
Sun City Gary Player Country Club:
The Lost City Golf Course is a new desert-style course with some very interesting features, including live Crocodiles at one of the water holes!
The style of this golf course in South Africa provides a good contrast to the Gary Player Country Club course and has already hosted PGA events. This South Africa golf course has more of a links feel with fairways, which encourage the bump-and-run approach.
Other interesting features include the two Baobab trees, which flank one of the greens. Further interest is provided by some of the greens and tees, which have been terraced into the side of the Pilanesberg Mountains. The views of the surrounding countryside and the Palace are breathtaking. Buggies are compulsory at this golf course in South Africa.
Benoni Country Club:
This Johannesburg golf course opened in 1946. It has a flat, well-treed parkland layout with excellent Kikuyu fairways and gently undulating bent grass greens. This golf course in South Africa is ideally located at Morris Avenue, Morehill, and Benoni.
There are bunkers on every hole (fine silicone sand) and also five dams. A quick glance at the Benoni Country Club scorecard will reveal that there are 5 par-fives to contend with, all of which are more than 500 metres long.
The two closing holes at this big East Rand club are both 506 metres long. The 18th is an outstanding hole with a forest on the right of the fairway and a dam (one of five on the course) running almost the entire length of the hole on the left-hand side.
Distance: 6580 metres
Crown Mines Golf Club:
This South Africa golf course is located at Booysens Reserve Road, Crown Mines. South Africa is famous for its gold, and Crown Mines Golf Club is built in genuine mining country, just a few kilometres southeast of central Johannesburg.
Less than 2 kilometres away from the course is Gold Reef City, a pleasure playground which boasts among its attractions a 19th-century-style hotel and pub, the biggest roller-coaster ride in the country and deep mine shaft open to the public every day of the week.
This Johannesburg golf course itself is truly a gem. Eleven of the 18 holes feature water hazards, making the 6 914-metre par-72 layout challenging, aesthetically pleasing and abundant in bird life.
The Wanderers Golf Club:
This Johannesburg golf course is placed right next door to The Wanderers test cricket ground, and the sports lovers in Johannesburg are occasionally torn between watching Ernie Els burn up the golf course, or walking across to the cricket stadium to see an Allan Donald or a Jonty Rhodes in full cry.
This golf course in South Africa is located at the corner of Corlett Drive & Rudd Road, Illovo. Compleat Golfer magazine rated Wanderers' 19th hole, which enjoys a magnificent view of the course, as the best in the country.
Randfontein Estates Golf Club:
Professional, pro shop and sports shop, a driving range, practice tee and practice putting green (which is reputed to be the biggest in the southern hemisphere).
This South Africa golf course is carefully located in Homestead Avenue, Randfontein. There is an enormous clubhouse, which holds conference and function rooms and also five pubs, a restaurant and a dining room.
Light snacks are available as well as sports such as tennis, bowls and squash. Other sports facilities at this South Africa golf course in the complex include a gym and a swimming pool.
Pretoria Golf Club:
Pretoria Golf Club, or Pretoria West as it is popularly known, is steeped in history. It was established in 1894, which makes it the oldest club in Pretoria. According to reports, President Paul Kruger used to visit the club in his stately carriage or luncheon engagements.
A portion of the clubhouse was utilised by British officers during the South African War (1899 - 1902). This South Africa golf course is carefully located at Morkel Street, Pretoria. With over 100 years of golf to look back on, a great sense of tradition exists at Pretoria.
Goldfields West Country Club:
The course meanders through a nature reserve, which is naturally a most relaxing and a completely unspoiled environment where buck are free to roam and the bird life is prolific. The well-watered Gold Fields West (par-72) is a relatively short course by modern standard and the five par-fives, which each measure less than 470 metres, all offer birding opportunities.
It is even possible for the golfer of medium strength to get close to the greens with two full shots. The superb fairways are fairly wide and the greens are big and receptive for great golf in South Africa. This helps to compensate for the difficulties, which the golfer may experience with the putting blade. This drop-dead stunning golf course in South Africa is found in East Driefontein Mine, Carltonville.