Thirteen of South Africa’s best golf courses

The Garden Route has become the golfing Mecca of South Africa, boasting thirteen of South Africa’s best golf courses within a 150km radius.  All but The Links at Fancourt welcome visitors.

George:


georgegcGeorge Golf Club

The George Golf course is a beautifully manicured, 72 par, 18 hole course, with bent greens, set in the heart of the Garden Route. Visitors are welcome, with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, which are reserved for members. No group bookings allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Booking is essential.
Caddies and motorised golf cars are available for hire – golf cars must be booked in advance. Golfing equipment is for sale in the pro-shop. Golf clubs/trolleys and other equipment may be hired from the pro-shop.
Golf Course Designer: Charles Molteno Murray designed the George Golf Course
Rating: 70-72
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Parklands
Length: 5188m – 6100m
Website: George Golf Club


oubaaiOubaai Golf Club

Oubaai is proud to be the first and only Ernie Els signature course in South Africa. The golf course design allows for a challenge to all levels of golfers and is a testimony to the talents of South Africa’s favorite golfing son.
Oubaai is situated some 10kms from George Airport on the coastline of The Garden Route at Herolds Bay. Oubaai Golf Club is a Championship Golf Course designed by 3 times Major Championship Winner Ernie Els. Els himself has placed Oubaai as his favorite course in the world. The Golf Course is a Links layout where veld grasses line the lush fairways and greens. The elements, predominantly the wind, play a role in the defenses of the course; the course being a coastal golf course.
Golf Course Designer: Ernie Els Signature Golf Course designed by Ernie Els and Jack Nicklaus
Rating: 69-73
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Links
Length: 6516m
Website: Oubaai Golf Club


golf-course-4Fancourt: Outeniqua

Outeniqua, named after the mountain range that overlooks the area has a different look than the Montagu, so they complement each other perfectly as varying playing experiences.
The Outeniqua is regarded as the easier course of the two, being more open in appearance, yet it has its share of challenges and risk-and-reward moments. Water hazards or streams come into play on as many as 11 of the holes, including 4 of the last 5.
The warm-up area, featuring a full-length range and a chipping and bunker practice area, is available to all golfers before play.
Golf Course Designer: The Outeniqua Golf Course designed by Gary Player
Rating: 72
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course-Type: Parklands
Length: 4954m – 6312m
Website: Outeniqua Golf Course


golf-course-4Fancourt: Montague

Montagu, named after the Montagu pass was originally designed by Gary Player and is a much-celebrated parkland course and has been ranked as the number-one golf course in South Africa in the past and is currently ranked as No. 7 (Golf Digest Rankings 2011).
The exquisitely conditioned Montagu is at the heart of Fancourt, with its glorious parkland layout, covering large tracts of varying terrain on rolling land. Its beauty is enhanced by mature trees, flower beds, shrubs and water hazards that provide a colourful contrast to the landscape.
The warm-up area, featuring a full-length range and a chipping and bunker practice area, is available to all golfers before play.
Golf Course Designer: The Montagu Golf Course was designed by Gary Player
Rating: 71-75
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course-Type: Parklands
Length: 4947m – 6714m
Website: Montagu Golf Course


index-slider1Kingswood Golf Estate

The estate itself is perfectly placed between the Fancourt Links and George Golf Course at the very heart of the Garden Route’s golf hub.
From its perfect blend of design and scenery to its temperate weather, you’re certain to find Kingswood’s Championship Golf Course a unique challenge, and one you’ll want to take up again and again. Kingswood is a Sally Little signature golf course designed by Danie Obermeyer, and together they have created a masterpiece of exciting challenges for all golfers. Danie Obermeyer creates his trademark of superb greens that are always a guaranteed talking point on this undulating charming yet challenging layout.
Golf Course Designer: Sally Little Signature Golf Course designed by Danie Obermeyer
Rating: 69-72
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Links
Length: 5442m – 6286m
Website: Kingswood Golf Estate


Mossel Bay:


golf-course-4Pinnacle Point Golf Course

Set on the edge of a magnificent coast, Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort is situated at the gateway to the Garden Route, taking pride of place amongst exclusive neighboring golf courses such as Fancourt, Pezula, Plettenberg Bay and George Golf Club. Uniquely defined by two intimate, secluded beaches along four kilometres of spectacular coastline, Pinnacle Point is located on four hundred hectares of prime land, of which one hundred hectares is a nature reserve. The resort is home to indigenous wildlife, birdlife and 264 varieties of fynbos – a nature lover’s delight! Since January 2010 the Pinnacle Point Golf Course is open to public and free for all golf player. Guests of the classicalView guest house can now easily make reservations for a golf game at Pinnacle Point.
Golf Course Designer: Darren Clarke Signature Golf Course designed by Peter Matkovich
Rating: 71-75
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Links, Coast
Length: 4867m – 6465m
Websites: Pinnacle Point Golf Course


golf-course-4Mossel Bay Golf Club

The course is an easy walk and very playable from tee to green for all golfers, even if you have just taken up the game. The beautiful views of the Indian Ocean or the Springbuck roaming on the course might distract you, but they will most definitely leave you with lasting memories. The Mossel Bay golf course signature hole is the 3d hole, which is a par 4. At almost 400m, and a stroke three, this can be challenging especially when playing into the sea breeze. The tee is situated high above the fairway with magnificent views over the estate, and the hole runs downhill towards the green with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop. Well-placed bunkers on either side of the fairway will catch any errant tee shots. The green is a large two level undulating green, which makes a guaranteed par 4 on the hole uncertain.
Dress Code on the Mossel Bay Golf Course: Suitable golf attire is required for the golf course and clubhouse. Only golf shoes with soft spikes (no golf sandals) are allowed on the course.
Golf Course Designer: Bob Grimsdell designed the Mossel Bay Golf Course, later the Golf Course was upgraded by Danie Obermeyer und Phillip Basson
Rating: 71
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Links, Coast
Length: 4894m – 5880m
Website: Mossel Bay Golf Club


Knysna:


golf-course-4Pezula Golf Club

Pezula Championship Golf Course is located on the Western Cape of South Africa in the picturesque town of Knysna, the jewel of the world famous Garden Route. This stunningly beautiful golf course is a sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens rolling through the pristine Southern Cape landscape. The breathtaking, award-winning 18-hole golf course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, offers visitors who wish to play the ultimate golf course in Knysna, an unsurpassed golf experience, and rates amongst the best and the most scenic golf courses in the world. In 2001, just a few months after it opened, the course was awarded Best New Golf Course in South Africa. In February 2005 Compleat Golfer rated it a Five Star Golf Experience.
Dress Code at the Pezula Golf Club: Proper golf attire applies and short socks are permitted. Soft spikes are compulsory.
Golf Course Designer: David Dale and Ronald Fream from GolfPlan USA designed the Pezula Golf Course.
Rating: 71 – 75
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Parklands, Links
Length: 4755m – 6394m
Website: Pezula Golf Club


golf-course-4Knysna Golf Club

Knysna Golf Club was founded in 1909 and only moved to its present location in 1953. It started as a 9-hole course and was made an 18-hole course in 1960. The course originally had Bayview greens and very few bunkers until, in 1994, an extensive upgrade program was launched and 19 new Crenshaw bent grass greens were built. Over the years, new tidal pools and channels have been introduced and real attention paid to the bunkering throughout the layout. That this has been successfully implemented can be seen from the clubhouse, for the eighteenth hole now has a superb bent grass surface covering a large undulating area. Together with an attractive and potentially hazardous water feature, shapely and well-manicured bunkers protecting the green add to what is now a substantial finishing challenge.
Dress Code at the Knysna Golf Club: Men may wear long or short socks with golf shorts. No rugby or Bermuda shorts, jeans or collarless shirts are permitted to be worn on the golf course. Collared shirts and shoes with socks must be worn in the clubhouse.
Golf Course Designer: Phillip Basson designed the Knysna Golf Course
Rating: 71
Hole/Par: 18/73
Golf Course Type: Parklands
Length: 5168m – 5924m
Website: Knysna Golf Club


golf-course-4Simola Golf & Country Estate

Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-inspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations. It’s also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land. Set below the high ridges, it’s free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5’s and five par 3’s adds a new dimension to the game. It’s typical for the course that every hole boasts exceptional views; either out across the Knysna Lagoon to the Heads or over the Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.
Dress Code at the Simola Golf Club: Proper golf attire applies and collared shirts. Soft spikes are compulsory.
Golf Course Designer: Jack Nicklaus, designed the Signature Golf Course.
Rating: 68-72
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Parklands
Length: 6318m
Website: Simola Golf Club


Plettenberg Bay:


golf-course-4Plettenberg Bay Golf Club

The golf course is a popular destination for tourists, the main attraction being the challenging layout built to USGA specifications, and is rated in the TOP 50 in South Africa.
Set in a nature reserve, the indigenous flora attracts a large variety of bird life and small animals like antelope and bush pig. The site has also become popular with the local bird-watching club and is home to a large colourful bird known as the Knysna Loerie (Taurco corythaix).
The number of rounds played per annum is 42,000. During the summer holiday season (December and January) the number of rounds peaks at the maximum daily capacity of the golf course.
The weather in the months of November, February, March and April is also good and the number of rounds played in these months is about 10% below the December/January peak.  Booking is essential.
Dress Code at the Plettenberg Bay Golf Club: Proper golf attire applies. Collared shirts and soft spikes are compulsory.
Golf Course Designer: Rob O’Friell designed the Plettenberg Bay Golf Course.
Rating: 71
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Parklands
Length: 5034m – 5954m
Website: Plettenberg Bay Golf Club


golf-course-4Goose Valley Golf Club

The Goose Valley Golf Club is situated in pristine surroundings, only 4km from Plettenberg Bay, bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon, access to the Club is from the N2.This magnificent golf estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course in the heart of the Garden Route.
This magnificent golf estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course in the heart of the Garden Route.
The clubhouse includes a spacious, elegant restaurant and bar with a delightful choice of light meals. The well-stocked pro-shop handles green fees, golf cart and golf club hire. You can expect a warm and friendly reception from a helpful team of staff members and teaching professionals.
The golfing experience is further enhanced by a state-of-the-art driving range with practice chipping, putting and bunker facilities.
The unique siting of the golf course on a sand dune allows for easy draining of the course and provides the perfect base for year round play, even after heavy rains. An excellent blend of indigenous and coniferous trees complements the picturesque views and water features to provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Dress Code at the Goose Valley Golf Club: Men: Golf shorts with long socks or ankle sports socks (white). Shirts to have collars and sleeves and be tucked in. Golfing shoes with soft spikes. Smart casual attire after 19:00 in clubhouse.
Women: Tailored trousers, skirt or golf shorts. (Skirt to be no shorter than 15cm above the knee when kneeling). Golf shirt with collar. Golfing shoes with soft spikes. Smart casual attire after 19:00 in clubhouse.
Strictly not accepted: Shirts hanging out of trousers, footwear worn without socks, football socks, jeans, tracksuits, beachwear, slip slops, running shoes.
Golf Course Designer: Gary Player designed the Goose Valley Golf Course.
Rating: 70
Hole/Par: 18/72
Golf Course Type: Parklands, Lagoon, Mountains
Length: 4992m – 6048m
Website: Goose Valley Golf Club