With views of Table Mountain a constant from Cape Town golf courses, the Mother City is well known for serving up so much beauty you’re likely to swoon at every glance. It’s as if the golf gods asked for the perfect environment to unveil the first golf chapter ever told, and then naturally dropped from the sky a handful of golf courses in Cape Town to tell the game’s opening act.
Gifted with great landscapes, golf Cape Town is enhanced by the subtle bush strokes of course design genius provided by Player, Nicklaus, and Matkovich. With a well-known reputation, golf in Cape Town offers top ranked courses with contrasting styles, and more recently has been recognized as the #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.
Golf courses in Cape Town are well known for their shot values, but also for the grape varietals produced on the property that become a unique marketing vehicle for the golf property when the wine bottles find their way into people’s homes. It gives new meaning to the phrase eat, sleep, and play golf.
To live the life of golf Cape Town locals for a few days 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 that attracts the ‘swallows’, who migrate down to the Western Cape from Europe during the months of November to March.
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.
Get ready for a wild golf experience in Cape Town and the surrounding area with each course available to book tee times online.