Modderfontein Golf Club in Johannesburg
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There’s are reasons why so many golfers come to play golf in South Africa. Where else can you enjoy a hot air balloon ride over a Big 5 game reserve, play on a signature golf course, relax in an award-winning spa, and attend a wine tasting? All in 1 day.
Did you know?
The South Africa Golf and Leisure Vacations coffee table book showcases some of the best golf, wildlife, wellness and wine destinations in South Africa.
There is so much to see and do when you come to play golf in South Africa.
Our temperate climate means perfect golf conditions much of the time. There are more than 550 golf courses, 36 golf estates and 6 golf resorts in South Africa. Many were designed by the world’s top golfers, and many are in breathtaking locations.
One of the best things about golf holidays in South Africa is the wonderful variety of experiences and adventures that can be combined with playing golf.
You’ll find several South African golf courses located near our world renowned wildlife reserves. Here you can take an early morning game drive, go quad biking, game tracking, or experience the thrill of an elephant-back safari through the bush.
Golf and wildlife can also be combined with meetings and team building in the bush. Many 4- and 5-star lodges offer conference facilities and team building programmes designed to inspire your team to greater achievement.
For those who love good food and wine, there’s nothing better then enjoying a game of golf in the heart of the scenic Cape winelands. Here you can explore the Western Cape’s award-winning wine estates. You can cycle through vineyards, experience grape stomping, enjoy wine tasting and even take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage ride. And don’t miss out on the cuisine at one of the wineland’s top restaurants.
For those who like art and culture and want to explore city life, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and many of South Africa’s smaller cities have outstanding golf courses within their city limits.
Golf can be combined with activities such as township cycling tours, jazz evenings at township shebeens, a visit to Robben Island or exploring South Africa’s fascinating political past at the Apartheid Museum. If you're interested in your human ancestry, a visit to the Cradle of Humankind should not be missed.
Travel tips & Planning info
Best time to visit
South Africa's temperate climate means golf can be played all year round.
Hiring a car is a good idea of you're wanting to play on different golf courses. You can also ask your hotel if it offers any shuttle services around the area.
What will it cost
Fees vary from course to course. If you're planning to play a lot of golf, it might be more cost-effective to book a golf holiday package through a tour operator that includes flights, accommodation, green fees and sightseeing.
Where to stay
Staying at one of South Africa's golf estates or resorts is good option. These estates and resorts often have restaurants, spas and boutiques on-site and offer a range of adventure activities.