For anyone wishing to take their game to a whole different level (sometimes literally), South Africa has an wild range of golf destinations to choose from.
Unique golf experiences in South Africa
The following golf courses are ideal for a true and unique South African experience. Here you can not only tee off for a great game, but also spot a different kind of game while you are at it. Alternatively, you could be handy to vineyards offering the best local wines while having one of the best golf escapes in South Africa.
1. Legend Golf & Safari Resort, Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo
Legend Golf & Safari Resort is set in the heart of the Entabeni Safari Conservancy. It has been ranked as having among the craziest golf holes in the world. The Signature Golf Course at the resort is the brainchild of 18 world-class golf players, including Bernard Langer, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman and Justin Rose.
Tee off to the sight of the untamed bushveld with its teeming wildlife. This while surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery in the UNESCO registered Waterberg Biosphere in Limpopo Province, northern South Africa. It is not unusual to see game strolling nearby as you play.
Each of the 18 holes was designed by one of the experts and they are all great holes to play. But there is more. There is yet another hole that is totally unique. It has been named the Extreme 19th and is known to be the highest and longest par 3 in the world.
With a height of 400 m (1,300 ft), the hole is only accessible by helicopter. The length is 361 m (395 yards) and that little patch of green in the shape of Africa way below is where you need to get your ball to land. Let’s just say, it is a challenge for even the most experienced golf player!
Whether you are successful or not, the Signature Clubhouse is a great place to relax after a good game of golf. Enjoy a barbecue or dine at the restaurant. Also experience the sky walkway that links the two venues, with panoramic views over the golf course and the surrounding mountains.
2. Leopard Creek Country Club, Kruger National Park
The next 18-hole masterpiece is on the banks of the Crocodile River in Malelane, Mpumalanga. The golf course has everything a golf player could desire for a challenging game. While there is no Extreme 19th here, there is a good variety of elevation and plenty of water challenges.
While the golf course is surrounded by teeming wildlife, it has been landscaped in such a way that the living areas and golf course are protected from the animals in a natural way. There are small streams and lakes interspersed to create more interesting golf strategies as well as scenic views.
The only potential real water hazard on the golf course is Crocodile River, which is named for the creatures who inhabit it – i.e. the crocs themselves. However, you will also safely spot hippo, buffalo, elephant and antelope during play. There is also the chance of spotting the resident leopard after which the Leonard Creek Country Club is named.
3. Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Switching to a really palatable choice, we now head to Devondale Golf & Wine Estate, which features an 18-hole Championship golf course. The golf course is constantly being improved upon, to the delight of both local and international golfers who regularly travel here.
The estate is located in Stellenbosch, one of the leading wine destinations in the Western Cape. The area’s vineyards produce some of the best wine in the world.
After a great game, dine at one of the many restaurants in the area and make sure you take a few bottles of excellent wine home (well, as much as your airline will allow anyway!)
Try South Africa this year for a really wild golfing experience and take home some great memories.