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South African Courses in Review

So many world class golf courses are located in beautiful South Africa.  Here’s a sample:

 

Bordering Krueger National Park is one of the most famous championship golf courses in the world, Leopard Creek.  Views of hippo, antelope, elephant, and buffalo are common during a game.  On the 13th hole the views of crocodile are amazing as the location is on the edge of the river just 32 meters above the water.  With steep sloping banks the signature 18th hole features an island green with a lake that is also home to crocodiles.

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Surrounded by the Simonsberg Mountains the Jack Nicklaus designed Pearl Valley has hosted the South African Open three times.  Boasting two signature holes, the 4th and 13th, the green-all-season fairways, outstanding bunkering, and ingenious use of gorgeous water features observe the winter north-westerly and summer south-easterly winds.

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Harmonised to the contours of the terrain of the cliff top is Pinnacle Point.  Just outside Mossel Bay this golf course has restored and made the commitment to preserve the traditional flora and fauna including the lovely Fynbos.  The most dramatic stretch of landscape in South Africa is found at the 7th, 8th, and 9th holes where play is at the mercy of the sea breeze and the waves crash onto the cliffs.  The signature par 3, 13th hole, where the ocean and imposing cliffs separate the green from the tees, features a waste bunker with protruding rocks surrounded by sand.

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With views of Table Mountain from every hole Milnerton Golf Club is a stimulating traditional links coastal course located between the Atlantic Ocean and Rietvlei River and Lagoon.  With few trees most holes are bordered by the sea or the lagoon.  Along the Rietvlei River is the 8th hole with wetlands to the left and hazards running along the left and the fairway opens up significantly at the landing area.  The views of Table Mountain from the third tee of the signature 12th hole is the most photographed on any golf course.

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In the heart of the Cape Winelands and in the shadow of the Helderberg Mountain Range rests the De Zalze Golf Club.  The Blaauwklippen River with its Oak tree lined banks winds its way through the course and play.  Watch for the Steenbok, Cape hares, and various reptiles and birds including birds of prey.  Offering a buffer between the course and residences and adjacent to most fairways are vineyards, olive groves, and lavender fields.  The 19th hole offers the most scenic views, but it is the 13th hole with its boardwalk to tees on a dam and kidney shaped green that is the signature of this course.

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Near the Southern-most tip the first ranked South African golf course – the Fancourt Links.  This spectacular championship golf course has built an environmental and golf heritage with accolades for both.  With the Outeniqua Mountains as the backdrop Roon the Bend, the signature 15th hole, features wetlands from tee to green.

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On the edge of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the glittering Sun City with something on offer for everyone.  Just beyond the Palace of the Lost City is the Lost City Golf Course with fabulous views across the bushveld.  With 28000 water features roaming warthogs and various bird species are not the only wildlife to be seen.  The signature 13th hole features a water arrangement which is home to 38 Nile crocodiles who are more than willing to eat a golf ball or two.

 

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All the choices are incredible.  Wildlife safaris, Wineland tours, Golf –  relax and enjoy taking in the amazing scenery with family and friends.  Let us handle the bookings for you; there is a South African package to suit everyone.

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