Golf Travel Around South Africa

Ever the intrepid travellers, Adam and Warren spent their recent holidays ‘working hard’ around South Africa. While the rest of the world flocked to Cape Town, they set off across the country – making sure that our favourite courses are up to scratch and checking in on a few new offerings for our clients.

Here’s Adam’s take on both Knysna and Sun City as golfing destinations, as well as Warren’s review of his week spent playing golf (sorry, working) around Durban.

Knysna: Garden Route Gem

Adam: If I had to choose one place to have an annual holiday with my family, it would be Knysna. I absolutely love the town, the lagoon and the whole feel of this beautiful Garden Route gem. I spent the Christmas holidays there this year and realized that there is so much more to see and do in Knysna.

Knysna Heads and Simola
The view from the Knysna Heads, and a round at Simola.
Fancourt, The Links on South Africa's Garden Route
The Links at Fancourt, the #1 course in South Africa.

Besides all the great golf courses in close proximity (Simola, Pezula, Fancourt, etc.), Knysna offers a fantastic array of restaurants, water activities and shopping too. It also offers such diverse options in terms of accommodation, from golf resort hotels to quaint B&B’s right on the lagoon or perched on the sea-cliffs.

I managed to visit 2 properties: The luxurious boutique hotel, Head over Hills and the newly renovated Knysna Hollow (which was burnt down last year in the Knysna wildfires). I also popped into Simola to meet the new General Manager and see their refurbed restaurant.

Head over Hills boutique hotel in Knysna
Fantastic lagoon and ocean views from Head Over Hills.
Knysna Hollow Country Estate on the Garden Route
The newly re-opened and extremely comfortable Knysna Hollow.
  • Hot Tip: The town does get very busy with locals over Christmas and New Year, so allow for extra time to travel if you are having to drive through the town.

Durban: Classic Courses & Tropical Sunshine

Warren: I spent a week in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) with 5 very keen golfers and we … well, we played golf! I was most impressed by the quality and condition of the classic courses on our KZN must-play list. Our trip included golf at Zimbali, Simbithi, the iconic Durban Country Club, Selborne and Southbroom. All courses were in great condition and had a distinctly tropical feel.

Durban Country Club
Durban Country Club is regarded as one of the top golf courses in the world.
Selbourne Golf Estate
Selborne, on the KZN South Coast, was the first golf estate in South Africa.

The overall Durban golf experience is highly underrated in my opinion and with their incredibly low green fees and quality course options. I would highly recommend you consider Durban for your next South African golf holiday.

We stayed at the 5-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort and 4-star Selborne Hotel & Spa. Both cater for golfers and non-golfers, and have a variety of dining options as well as swimming pools and plenty of activities for guests and families. One of the many highlights was our dinner at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, about a 20-minute drive from Zimbali. The hotel is well known for its 5-star service and amazing cuisine. It did not disappoint!

Fairmont Zimbali & The Oyster Box
Fairmont Zimbali Resort & the view from the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box.
  • Hot Tip: Book early tee times in KZN over the summer as the sun rises at 5am. Afternoons are best used sipping on G&T’s around the pool or wallowing in the warm Indian Ocean.

Sun City: Great Golf & Safari Combo

Adam: I had the opportunity to host some of our valued agents at Sun City at the end of last year. Sun City is one of the products that some people love and others don’t. I’m becoming more of a fan of the resort each time I visit, but specifically because of the golf courses.

Sun City Resort
Looking out over Sun City.
Gary Player Golf Course
Sun City’s challenging yet magnificent Gary Player Golf Course.

The 2 courses, Gary Player Country Club and Lost City Golf Club, are fantastic championship courses and it’s a real bonus having 2 of South Africa’s top courses right next to each other. We were fortunate to play Gary Player CC a few weeks after their annual European Tour event, and the course (especially the greens) were in phenomenal condition.

Add to this the fact that you also have a Big 5, malaria-free safari offering right on their doorstep (Pilansberg National Park), makes it a great golf & safari holiday destination. Have a look at the below video of a great leopard sighting we had on only one game drive …

  • Hot Tip: Arrange early tee times as it does get pretty hot up there (and that also gives you time to do a late afternoon game drive as well).

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