Some of the airlines that fly to South Africa have allowances for your golf equipment. Please note that baggage allowances with airlines change from time to time, so be sure to check for any updates before you depart.
South African Airways: You can take one additional sports piece onto selected* SAA flights as long as it doesn’t weigh more than 23kg per passenger.
Emirates: All sporting equipment including golf equipment will be accepted as checked baggage, as part of your standard baggage allowance.
Virgin Atlantic: Virgin will fly your golf equipment as part of your baggage allowance as long as it weights in at 23kg or less.
Etihad Airways: With Etihad, golf equipment is accepted free of charge in addition to your checked baggage allowance. This means that you can carry one set of golf equipment, weighing a maximum of 15kg.
The best golfing weather in South Africa is from December through to April. December has the most sunlight hours and February is typically the hottest month of the year.
You do not require a membership to enjoy a round of golf. Courses are open to visitors as well as members and most offer access to the driving range, lessons, and rounds.
golfscape's top golf courses in Cape Town are as follows:
Clovelly Country Club: Clovelly ranks as one of the finest courses in the Cape Peninsula. The sand course was designed by Dr Charles Molteno Murray and Advocate Bobby Lewin was responsible for the beautiful landscaping. The course is quite challenging with it’s natural sand dues and water features.
Erinvale Golf Club: Usually described as one of Cape Town’s treasures, the course can be found as the foothills of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. Surrounded by views of the ocean and mountains, the Erinvale makes for one of top golf courses in the city of Cape Town.
Hermanus Golf Club: Hermanus is a fishing village famous for the whales that arrive to calve – you can whale watch as you play your round! The introduction of different tees means that all level of golfers can participate in competitions. In 2006, the course went through a huge overhaul and an additional 9 holes were introduced to Hermanus.
Arabella Golf Club: Arabella is always ranked as one of the top golf courses in South Africa due to the clubs pristine conditioning, sand traps, and challenging water hazards. The Arabella Golf Club is a beautiful private golf estate surrounded by the scenic Kogelberg Mountains.
Play more golf by booking a few golf lessons; most of the courses in South Africa offer practice classes!
Most of the courses in Cape Town provide golf equipment rental that includes caddy, golf carts, clubs, and shoe rental. If you want to purchase equipment rather than rent, you will find a golf shop in the following courses:
It is extremely rare to be asked for a golf handicap certificate at the courses in Cape Town. We recommend that you read some of the golfscape community reviews before you head to a course if you want to find out how other golfers experienced the course, if a handicap certificate has been requested it will definitely be noted in the comments.
The Arabella Hotel & Spa is an amazing place to stay at whilst golfing in Cape Town, with rooms overlooking the golf course and surrounding lagoons. Another hotel to consider is the Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, located in Cape Town. The course offers stunning views of the beautiful golf estate, and the food is highly recommended.
Clifton is an a amazing location to stay at whilst you are on vacation in Cape Town. You’ll be positioned amongst four of the world’s most beautiful beaches and not far from our courses – the closest being Clovelly Country Club, Royal Cape Golf Club, and King David Mowbray Golf Club
One of the best restaurants in Cape Town has to be The Pot Luck Club. The restaurants focuses on the five flavor profiles – salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami – they also encourage plate-sharing to experience all flavors! Another restaurant in Cape Town that we recommend visiting is The Test Kitchen; they are ranked 22 in the The World’s Best Restaurant Awards. You enter the Dark Room for tapas and the Light Room for your main, it’s an amazing place!