Nestled against the southern Atlantic Ocean is the South African capital of Cape Town. With incredible nature, comfortable temperatures aided by the breeze from the ocean and majestic elevation changes, Cape Town has become a destination for golfers looking for a great experience.
But after a long flight, most golfers need a few swings to get back in their groove. Lucky for them, Cape Town hosts several world-class courses with elite practice facilities. Here’s a list of the best Cape Town courses to play with fantastic practice areas.
1.) The Fancourt Hotel, Country Club & Golf Estate
The Fancourt resort hosts three immaculate 18-hole courses designed by legendary golf Gary Player as well as one of the best public courses in the country with Bramble Hill. The course that is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in the world is the Montagu layout. Utilizing a rolling parkland, Player has designed a breathtaking course that is set against the backdrop of the stunning Outeniqua Mountain range.
As touted as the Montagu course is among travelers, The Links golf course on the Fancourt grounds is the 18-holes that is a world-class challenge. The Links hosted the 2003 President’s Cup tournament and is known as a tough 18-hole layout that becomes even more difficult when the wind kicks up off the Atlantic – definitely difficult to apprehend for a beginner golfer with beginner’s clubs.
If the two world-renowned courses weren’t enough to persuade you to come to Cape Town, then the Academy at Fancourt should have any golf traveler racing to buy their plane ticket. The facility houses a High-Performance Lab, practice greens as well as several pro shops to accommodate all the traffic to the resort.
With an emphasis on private instruction, the Academy at Fancourt is tailored for any golfer looking to take an advanced technological approach to lower their scores. Rates are affordable for group or private lessons, and they also accommodate any junior golfers you may have in your party.
2.) Arabella Country Club
With a grand view of the popular Kogelberg Nature Reserve, the Arabella Country Club offers a wonderful day at the course with 18 pristine and challenging holes of golf. Surrounded by jaw-dropping wildflowers and views of the neighboring mountain range, Arabella provides an entertaining round of golf as you navigate through the wetlands on this Peter Matkovich-designed course.
For the golfer who loves adventure and a slice of unique natural surroundings, Arabella plays host to not only one of the best courses in all of South Africa, but the marshes are home to thousands of waterbirds, including the always fun-to-see flamingo. The course is a bit outside of Cape Town, with a drive lasting over an hour, but the hassle is worth it as the course could not be more beautiful.
Arabella houses a terrific practice area with an extensive driving range, expansive putting greens that allow for mid-range chipping as well as a rental service that will outfit you with a solid set of golf clubs if you don’t want to bring your own.
For visitors looking to play Arabella, it is strongly suggested to book your tee time in the morning as the afternoon usually sees a decent amount of wind along the course, putting your new drivers to the test.
3.) Erinvale Country Club
One of the most beautiful courses in all of the Cape Town area is the Erinvale Country Club. Designed by Gary Player, Erinvale is impeccably manicured with efficient use of the natural surroundings across all 18 holes. Not only is the golf at Erinvale entertaining and a strong test of one’s skills but the views from every hole are worthy of printing on the back of a postcard.
The course at Erinvale features bent grass greens and immaculate Kikuyu fairways. Player-designed courses always place a directive on using what the land gives to create an impressive track that will stimulate the mind of the golfer. With water and sand strategically placed throughout the course, Player has added elements to each hole that will test the resolve of the golfer and challenge them to do their best.
The practice facilities at Erinvale have recently been upgraded to take advantage of the latest technology in the field of biokinetics. As a result, a golfer looking for an honest assessment of their swing will find reams of data to assist the quest for a better approach to their game.
In addition to the technological side of Erinvale, golfers will find top-notch practice areas with a long practice range, two large putting greens and a greenside bunker to work on your sand game.
4.) Pearl Valley Country Club
Spread out over 500 gorgeous acres is one of Jack Nicklaus’ most incredible creations, the Pearl Valley Golf Club. The signature course at the resort has been consistently named as one of the Cape Town area’s best conditioned and most luxurious layouts. Golf Digest recently named Pearl Valley as one of the top five courses in all of South Africa.
The reason for such acclaim is simple to see as Nicklaus has crafted a remarkable playing experience that uses local vineyards as borders to holes that prominently feature the Berg River as a water hazard. The contrast of the white sand and silky green grass make Pearl Valley a stunning sight to behold.
Repeatedly through the interesting layout, golfers will be amazed at how Nicklaus preserved the natural environment throughout the golf course. With an incredible view of the mountain range in the background, golfers are floored by how wonderful the experience is at Pearl Valley.
At Pearl Valley, not only is the course world-class but so is the SwingFit Academy facilities. A team of professionals is waiting to help improve your swing with the latest technology that can be taken to the range. This is particularly good to test out and evaluate drivers forgiveness as you get immediate feedback on swing distance. Group or individual lessons are offered, and the instructors will push you to get the most out your game.
Cape Town is a beautiful place to visit, not only for the breathtaking views and lively natural surroundings but also because it offers some of the best golf facilities in all of Africa.