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Tee-time in South Africa

After last week’s look at Bahia de Cadiz – we shift our sight outside of Europe for the first time. In this week’s edition of the ClubstoHire.com travel blog, we highlight some of what South Africa has to offer.

With a range of activities that include Safari’s, board and water sports, wining and dining, hiking and a very sociable nightlife – South Africa is a top destination for tourists of all sorts. Let me assume that if you travel to South Africa, considering the distance of flight – you would make a trip of it and stay an extra few weeks to take in as much as possible.

South Africa has world renowned courses such as The Links at Fancourt, Pinnacle Point Estate, Fancourt Estate, the Gary Player Country Club and many more. With such high profile golfing destinations and startlingly cheap green-fees the quality of golf in south Africa cannot be ignored. Before we get to the golf though, let’s look at South Africa as a tourist destination.

Knysna Heads
View of the Knysna Heads

Tourism in South Africa

South Africa is accessible by four international airports. Including Cape Town, where Clubs to Hire have an agent on the ground to provide you with your rental sets. South Africa has a population of over 55 million and with 12 major cities there is never a shortage of things to do.

When trying to predict the weather in South Africa, one must be aware that the country is influenced by 4 different climates. The desert climate experienced in the north west gives way to the Mediterranean climate of the south western peripheries. As you go farther inland a temperate climate takes over the interior plateau. The east and north east of the country experience a subtropical climate.

What this means is that for example, while Cape Town is experiencing temperatures of 22 and 23 degrees Celsius in January and February with little to no rain, Johannesburg in the north east could be experiencing similar temperatures but with 28 days of rain over the same months. So as a little tip – research the weather in the areas you want to travel to.

Cape Town
An Ariel view of Cape Town

If you are a nature lover South Africa is a must, with countless Safari tours and hiking tours a highlight would be a trip to the Cape Point. Or a trip to the top of Table Mountain to view the city of Cape Town from a different perspective.

South Africa’s wine-making history dates back to the 17th century. Just outside Cape Town you can visit two of the finest estates in the Cape Winelands, the country’s best-known wine-producing region – Stellenbosch. Although only wine and nature has been highlighted here there is far more to do in South Africa.

Golf in South Africa

Golf here is very cheap in comparison to green-fees around Ireland. After paying for flights to South Africa at least you can be happy that the golf fees are “normal”. The top courses in South Africa have prices ranging from €50 to €100 and there are some quality courses that are even cheaper.

Pearl Valley Golf Estate

Pearl Valley Golf Estate
Pearl Valley Golf Estate

Let’s start with Pearl Valley which is the most expensive green fee I have come across at €100. Pearl Valley is one of the most attractive aspects of the Val de Vie “Super Estate” with its iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. This masterpiece was shaped by the vision of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his unique touch is evident throughout the course. Pearl Valley was officially opened in November 2003 by Nicklaus and South African great, Gary Player.

Sun City Resort

9th Hole on the Gary Player Golf Course

At €50 for a green fee to play at the Sun City Resort on either the Gary Player Country Club and Lost City Country Club these two courses are a must while in South Africa. The flagship course is the Gary Player Country Club – the first layout to conform to USGA specifications when it was built in 1979. Best known as the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, most golfers, rank this course as the best in South Africa.

18th at the Lost City Golf Course

Durban Country Club

A course steeped in history and tradition, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World by Golf Magazine USA. It is also rated in the Top 5 golf courses in the country by Golf Digest SA.

A combination of lush coastal vegetation, sand dunes and stunning views of the Indian Ocean make this course one of the most unique, and challenging, in the world. A €60 green-fee make this course an absolute must when arranging your golf tour in South Africa.

2nd Hole at Durban C.C.
2nd Hole at Durban C.C.

South Africa is a magnificent holiday location and with premium courses available at very affordable rates the country is a must for holiday makers and golfers alike. It is easy to understand why more and more golfers are choosing South Africa as a golf holiday destination.

If you or your group need any information on a trip to South Africa, please email joe@irishgolfnoticeboard.ie.

Clubstohire.com offer Golf Club Rental from €35 per set per week, offering clubs from the top brands, Taylormade, Callaway, Mizuno, and Wilson.

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