Looking for the best golfing retreat that the magnificent Cape area has to offer? Here is some expert advice on Cape Town golf from Larry Gould, Greatest Africa's resident golfing specialist!
Gould on Golf – The Best Golfing in the Cape
Looking to make the most of the world famous Cape golf region? Start in Cape Town and stay at the picturesque Steenberg Hotel, set in Constantia, the historical soul of the Cape Winelands. Brilliantly manicured fairways and exceptional green complexes are set against wonderful mountain backdrops. Enjoy a late lunch at Bistro Sixteen82, and Dinner at Catherina’s – Steenberg Hotels’ signature restaurants.
What else to see and do in the Constantia surrounds? Here are the top 5 Constantia activities:
- A historical tour and wine tasting at Groot Constantia
- Visit the world famous Kirstenhof Botanical Gardens
- Explore the magical Newlands forest reserve
- Take a drive around the breathtaking Cape Peninsula
- Hike up the natural wonder of Table Mountain (moderate fitness level required)
Constantia is a beautiful area at the foot of Table Mountain. If you would like to explore the region, here are the top 3 alternative Constantia hotels:
Next on your golfing adventure, make your way to Stellenbosch in the winelands where we recommend staying at the Lanzerac Hotel for two nights, or Klein Zalze, a luxurious winelands golfing retreat. Play the Stellenbosch golf course, a magnificent tree lined traditional course, and then play De Zalze, at the heart of a successful real estate development. Immaculate and memorable holes are the feature, with panoramic surrounds. Visit the Ernie Els wine estate and have dinner at the highly acclaimed Le Terroir.
What else to see and do in the second oldest town in the Cape? Here are the top 5 Stellenbosch activities:
- Chocolate and wine tasting at Waterford Estate
- Mountain biking in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
- Visit the Rupert Art Museum
- A walk through the historic center and guided tour of Olof Berg Huis, Grosvenor House, Blettermanshuis and Schroeders Huis
- Visit to the Villiera Wildlife Sanctuary and Wine Estate
There are a myraid of activities and attractions in the historical town of Stellenbosch, here are the top 3 alternative Stellenbosch hotels for an extended visit to the area:
Next, I recommend staying a couple of nights in Franschhoek at La Clé des Montagnes, a luxurious complex of unforgettable villas, set on a working wine and fruit farm. The golf here has to be at Pearl Valley, 15 minutes from Franschhoek. Though a flat layout, water and bunker features make this a substantial challenge and as always, in this part of the world, spectacular Mountain backdrops are a visual delight. The second course to play while in Franschhoek is Arabella. A scenic drive of over an hour will lead to this wonderful venue.
Franschhoek is the gourmet capital of South Africa and there are an abundance of activities to enjoy. Here are the top 5 activities in Franschoek:
- Cheese and chocolate tastings
- Private wine tours
- Trout fly-fishing
- Hiking, cycling, horseback-riding in the beautiful reserves
- Quad biking, hot-air ballooning, tandem para-gliding
Looking to soak up the gourmet getaway? Here are the top 3 alternative hotels in Franschoek:
The spectacular Helderberg area is also home to the picturesque Erinvale Estate Hotel, boasting an 18 hole, Gary Player designed course on your doorstep. If you would like to venture further east, along the magnificent Garden Route coastline of South Africa, you may enjoy the breathtaking Pinnacle Point Estate, or Fancourt, George, for some unforgettable greens, overlooking the world renowned Atlantic coastline.
Larry Gould – Greatest Africa Golfing Specialist
Greatest Africa are Southern Africa travel specialists, and Cape wine experts, offering exclusive private wine tours in this exquisite region. Contact us for a personalized quote and professional advise in exploring the breathtaking Cape golf region.