From November to March - when it's cold in Europe - golf players from overseas enjoy playing in fine weather on one of the many golf courses of Cape Town. The Somerset West area is a golfer's paradise with no less then three 18-hole golf courses as well as a 9-hole course and a golf driving range. The areas around the Helderberg also offer number of world class golf courses eg. Stellenbosch golf course, Devonvale, Royal Cape, Arabella and many more.
Erinvale Golf & Country Club is truly one of the best known and most spectacular in South Africa. Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg, the view to the Hottentots Holland Mountains and over the False Bay is stunning.
The first 9 holes in the lower part are quite easy. But the second 9 holes further up are a real challenge for every golf player.
Holes: 18 holes
Distance: 5892 metres (19330.7 feet)
Member competitions: Thu and Fri, guests are welcome if invited by a member.
Somerset West Country Club is one of the few traditional country clubs with facilities for tennis, squash and bowls as well as golf. This golf course with old trees is a place where the average golfer can expect to play 2 or 3 shots under his handicap.
Holes: 18 holes
Member competitions: Sat and Wed from 11:30am, guests with official handicap are welcome
Helderberg Village Golf Club, 9-hole golf course, was established mainly for residents in Helderberg Village, it is also open to visitors wanting to enjoy a quick game of golf. This South Africa golf course is well maintained, quiet and seldom overcrowded with 2 x 9 holes, 5448m (17874 feet)
Member competitions: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (ladies), visitors are more than welcome.
Arabella Country Estate's golf course is challenging enough to bring you back for more, enjoyable enough to make you not want to leave. Its design challenge was headed by the renowned architect Peter Matkovich.
His undoubted success has resulted in a course that complements the environment without disappointing the golfer, whether expert or amateur during a game of golf in Cape Town.
Bellville Golf Club is spread along a pleasant valley in the Tygerberg hills in the upmarket suburb of Welgemoed, not far from the Centre of Cape Town. This hilly Cape Town golf course is surrounded by Houses, has been upgraded by Golf Data's Robbie Marshall and Mark Muller, extensive and high-quality work.
King David Country Club ranks as the course with the best-designed holes in the Cape Town area. The 12th at King David is one of United States Senior star Harold Henning's favourite holes. For sheer toughness it takes a lot to beat King David's 410 metre (1345.1) par-three 3rd hole - stroke one on the card.
Trees line the fairway on both sides here, so a stray shot is always punished. And, like the 12th, the green is raised and falls away on either side, making for an exacting approach shot.
Royal Cape Golf Club is the oldest club in South Africa; it was given its Royal title in 1910 after a visit by the Duke of Connaught. Royal Cape has been host to many SA Opens over the years and has a proud history and golfing tradition. The championship course has 18 holes that feature 58 bunkers and 6 beautiful water features.
Stellenbosch Golf Club is situated at the foot of the imposing Simonsberg Mountain. It is described as one of the most scenic courses in South Africa. The golfer is treated to magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the famous vineyards that make this area the 'Nappa Valley' of South Africa.
It has superb views of the setting sun and Table Mountain in the distance, whilst Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains form a spectacular backdrop close by.
Strand Golf Club is the only course separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land - along which Beach Road runs, situated close to the sandy beaches of False Bay. It is no exaggeration to say this championship course is exposed to fresh and strong breezes sometimes even gales. In fact, in honour of the wind, an annual tournament called the 'Southeaster' is held here every April.
Strand is also known for its water features. The golfer will encounter no less than 11 of them during a round at this Cape Town golf course.
Holes: 18 holes
Distance: 5562m (18248 feet)
Member competitions: Sat (whole day), Wed, guests with official handicap are welcome.
Clovelly Country Club is a rural course set in the Clovelly Valley, surrounded by dunes, overlooking False Bay in the Indian Ocean. The fairways are immaculately kept with bent grass greens. Clovelly is one of Southern Africa's most picturesque and challenging courses, famous for it's rolling computer irrigated fairways, undulating holes and magnificent landscaping Clovelly compliments its rich coastal environment.
Holes: 18 Par: 73
Length: Championship: 5869m (19255.2 feet)
Club: 5869m (19255.2 feet)
Senior: 5869m (19255.2 feet)
Ladies: 5869m (19255.2 feet)
Devonvale Country Estate is in Bottelry Road, Koelenhof. Situated next to Hartenberg estate, outside Stellenbosch, with mountains and wine farms as a backdrop, the setting is indeed memorable. This South Africa golf course is part hilly and part flat.
The 423-metre par-four 17th - stroke one on the card - tests both the golfer's power and skill. A dogleg-left, the drive must be long and accurately hit to have any chance of reaching the green in 2.
Hermanus Golf Club is located just 120Km from Cape Town, Main Road, Hermanus, at the southern tip of Africa. The Hermanus Golf Club offers the keen golfer 18 incredible holes of golf. The Hermanus Golf Club is a private course; which has become one of the most popular golf courses in the country - a definite 'must play' course. Hermanus Golf Course offers privacy to the members, yet accessibility to the public. Hermanus is a soft spikes only course!
Langebaan Country Club is a links-type course, designed as a figure 8 winding around residential stands. Located on the unspoilt Cape west coast about 70 minutes drive from Cape Town, the elegant clubhouse offers panoramic views of the 15km (9.3 miles)-long Langebaan lagoon, which is part of the West Coast National Park, and Saldanha Bay harbour in the distance.
The 18-hole championship South Africa golf course is 6185m (920291.9) long and affords golfers views of the lagoon, the surrounding hills and granite outcrops. A man-made lake constitutes a water hazard at the par-five 18th, and doubles as a freshwater bathing spot for a selection of Sea Birds. The carry over the water at the closing hole is 92m, making for a potentially dramatic finish to the round.
At Metropolitan Golf Club you enjoy your game in the most centrally situated green belt of Cape Town. Adjacent to the V&A Waterfront (5 minute walk!) with magnificent views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Metropolitan Golf Club is officially a 9 hole course but a variety of greens and tee's resulting in a different challenge for the second round.
Holes: 2 x 9 holes, Parkland, Par 72
Distance: 5852m (19199.4 feet)
Milnerton Golf Club is 8kms (4.9 miles) from Cape Town's Waterfront, in Bridge Road, Milnerton, Cape Town. It's wedged between the royal blue Atlantic Ocean with white sandy beaches on one side and the Rietvlei Lagoon and wetlands on the other. This course in Cape Town was originally laid out of west coast scrub and initially comprised of 6 holes, eventually extending to 18.
Recently Golf Data completed major redesign surgery to upgrade the layout to championship standard. The Club and course offer unrivalled views of Table Bay, Table Mountain, Lions Head, Robin Island and Blouberg Strand. As for the Rietvlei Lagoon and wetlands, they provide a haven for many bird species.
Play the course on a calm benign day and it does not play overly long, however if the South Easterly or North Westerly is blowing it will have you reaching for every shot in the bag.
The Mowbray Golf Club player is spoilt as there are beautiful tree-lined fairways and the view from the 15 tee has to be seen to be believed! The approach to the clubhouse on the 18 hole also deserves special mention.
Mowbray Golf Club is located in Raapenberg Road Mowbray, blessed with awesome views of Table Mountain. The course is well designed and provides a testing round of golf in Cape Town. It has recently been expertly reshaped and contoured with a few additional water features added.
Paal Golf Club is located in Wemmershoek Road, Paarl. On the Wine Route with many famous estates in and near the picturesque town in addition to the giant KWV, controlling body and umbrella co-operative of the Cape wine industry.
Paarl, unlike many of the courses in and around Cape Town, is sheltered from the wind. From the pedestal tee at the 165m (541.3 feet) par-3 6th hole, there is a beautiful view of the Berg River with vineyards close by and the mountains in the distance.
The course itself is flat and noted for its magnificent old trees, which line the fairways. There is one huge Oak Tree right in the middle of the fairway at the par-five 16th hole. A big hitter can clear the top of this tree, but mere mortals are required to work the ball, courtesy of a controlled hook, around the side of it. Paarl Golf Club is a par-74, which is unusual. It has no less than 6 par-five's, affording the golfer plenty of scoring opportunities.
Rondebosch Golf Club is located in off Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch East. Visitors are most welcome at this magnificent 18 hole champion course. The latest South African PGA Tour venue lies just 15 minutes from central Cape Town. Rondabosh Golf Club compromises pro golf shops, restaurant, bar and function facilities. It is open daily from 07h30am till late. Closed Easter Friday and Christmas Day.
Steenberg Golf Club's first 6 holes of the course meander through gentle, manicured parkland where, in some instances, tee shots will be played off raised tee boxes amongst the vines. The course then moves into the wetlands, which includes the testing par-three 7th hole played to a green surrounded by water.
It then enters the Heathland section where white sands 'islanding' the fairways are a natural hazard. The round is completed under the splendour of stately Oaks. This Western Cape golf course has been designed to take full advantage of natural features and hazards.
The fairways are moulded and shaped into gentle slopes reflecting the natural flow and fall of the ground. The greens are surrounded by broad aprons of bent grass, encouraging players to play the almost forgotten 'chip and run' approach.
There are also a number of practice areas, including a driving range, chipping area with sand traps and a large putting green. There are also a number of practice areas, including a driving range, chipping area with sand traps and a large putting green.
Type: Parklands golf course
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu
Greens Grass: Bent Grass
Length: Championship: 6115m
Scratch Club: 72
Handicaps allowed: 36 for Ladies and 34 for Men. Handicap certificates will be asked on the day of play.
PLEASE NOTE: The Golf Course is a soft spike course.