With its thrilling championship courses, the internationally acclaimed Sun City Resort has to be the county's most famous golfing destination. The challenging Gary Player course at Sun City is host to the Nedbank Challenge. Backed up by the equally impressive Lost City course with its unique club house and the unforgettable par three 13th complete with resident crocodiles - the final resting place for hundreds of golf balls!
Most golfers combine Sun City with a visit to the Cape region. There is an extensive range of options when it comes to golfing in Cape Town. Whether among the Winelands, along the West Coast or in and around the Cape Peninsula, variety is definitely the main attraction. From parkland to links they are distinctive and nearly all enjoy superb vistas.
The lush green Garden Route stretches from Hermanus, just east of Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Mountains crowd close to a shoreline dotted with beaches and bays, tall indigenous forests and amber coloured rivers. In 2014 eight of the Garden Route golf courses were ranked in the top 20 golf courses in South Africa including the Links at Fancourt, Arabella, Simola, Humewood, Pezula, Pinnacle Point, St Francis Links and Fancourt Montagu.
For the ultimate challenge Leopard Creek Country Club is a must. Bordering the Kruger National Park, this Gary Player designed course has used innovative landscaping techniques; lakes and streams have been diverted through the site to create scenic vistas and interesting golf strategies. The resident hippos and crocs add a new dimension to golfing hazards!
KwaZulu Natal province is affectionately known as the Golf Coast of South Africa. It is here you will find Durban Country Club, which takes its turn hosting the South African Open. The dunes and its proximity to the beachfront give the course a distinct links feel. As you travel along the north coast you will find splendid estate courses such as, Zimbali, a Mahlatini favourite, and Prince's Grant.
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