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With views of Table Mountain a constant feature from Cape Town golf courses, the ‘Mother City’ is well known for serving up so much beauty that you’re likely to swoon with every glance. It’s as if the golf gods asked for the perfect tempered environment, and then naturally dropped from the sky a handful of golf courses in Cape Town worthy of pleasing even the pickiest of golfers. Get ready for a wild golf experience in Cape Town and its surrounding areas, with masterful courses available to book online.
To golf Cape Town like a local requires you to truly explore the boundaries of the city’s limits. After some golf in Cape Town, nothing gives you a better perspective than a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain followed by a winding drive getting lost on the back roads of Stellenbosch that neatly border sprawling estate wineries.
Golf courses in Cape Town are best explored during April’s Autumn harvest season when tourism is slowing down and you can rub shoulders with the locals. The spring time in September and October is also a lovely time to enjoy Cape Town golf courses. You can play for a friendly price before the high season is in full swing, also attracting the swallows who migrate down to the Western Cape from Europe during the months of November to March.
With a well-known reputation, golf in Cape Town offers top ranked courses with contrasting styles, but more recently, this region has been recognized as a #1 foodie destination in 2016 ranked by Conde Nast. Nothing pairs better with a great golf experience than a post round meal that fuses golf and gastronomy like never before. Many Cape Town golf courses sit snuggly up against towering stone-exposed mountains, which shelters the layouts, especially in the Steenberg and Stellenbosch areas, from the prevailing winds. This can lead to unique micro climates and mixed playing conditions highlighted by golf experiences in and amongst vineyards that never disappoint. While golf courses in Cape Town are well known for their shot values, grape variety on the golf properties here has also become a unique selling point. When the course’s own wine bottles find their way into people’s homes, it gives new meaning to the phrase ‘eat, sleep, and play golf’
Gifted with great landscapes, golf in Cape Town is enhanced by the subtle brush strokes made by course design geniuses Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Peter Matkovich. The must plays when you golf Cape Town are Pearl Valley Golf Estate and Arabella Golf Resort & Spa, both of which will exceed your expectations from an experience perspective. Pearl Valley is a Nicklaus design and Arabella is a Matkovich design, both serving up optimal course conditioning and superb clubhouse facilities with knowledgable staff. A new ownership at Pearl Valley has recently acquired the property and has big plans for a hotel and resort that will lend even more credibility to golf in Cape Town and what is already a stunning place.
Other Cape Town golf courses worth playing if you’re keen to enjoy a solid parkland test include: Erinvale Golf Club, Royal Cape, and Mowbray. Combine this with a trip up the north coast to Atlantic Beach Golf Club that provides the most authentic links golf experience of all the Cape Town golf courses. Rather, if you have your heart set on a day out pairing golf and wine, your best bet will be Steenberg Golf Club in the south suburbs of Cape Town or De Zalze Golf Club in the wine lands of Stellenbosch.