The Drakensberg region of South Africa is home to excellent golf courses, so you should definitely pack your clubs if you intend spending time in this beautiful part of KwaZulu-Natal. Within driving distance of Johannesburg and Durban, the Drakensberg is outdoor bliss.

Did you know?

The Drakensberg is Africa's highest mountain range south of Kenya's Kilimanjaro.

The Drakensberg is a superb family holiday destination, with lots for people of all ages to do during the day. While it’s not as famous for golf as its coastal counterparts, the mountainous region has a range of courses with superb surroundings.

You could hire a car from the airport in Johannesburg and drive towards Durban, stopping in the northern Drakensberg. The premier course in this region is Champagne Sports, an 18-hole beauty that receives rave reviews for the way it is maintained.

Right next door to Champagne Sports is Monks Cowl, a nine-hole course which is great for beginners and golfers on a budget. There are a few challenging dog-legs and several par-3s just begging for a hole-in-one.

Amphitheatre Golf Course in Bergville is another excellent value-for-money, nine-hole establishment, surrounded by majestic mountains. It has a rustic, rural vibe about it, which is why you may really enjoy it.

The southern Drakensberg, about two hours' drive from Durban, is home to Drakensberg Gardens Golf Club, which is situated on a picturesque resort that also offers outdoor activities like fishing and horse riding. Air doesn’t come fresher as you complete your 18 holes.

Golfers who stay at the nearby Sani Pass Hotel can use the nine-hole golf course on the premises, free of charge.

Underberg Country Club, just off the R617 as you pass the town centre, has a nine-hole course and regularly hosts some fun competitions. At the clubhouse, you are likely to meet some very entertaining local characters who will share stories of the course and the area.

Most golf establishments at both the southern and northern Drakensberg offer club hire, and golf carts for those really hot summer days where the walk seems a bit much.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Drakensberg Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)36 448 1557

How to get here

Rent a car in either Johannesberg (four hours' drive to the northern Drakensberg) or Durban (two hours' drive to the southern Drakensberg).

Best time to visit

Drakensberg golf courses are at their greenest between December and April.

What will it cost

A round of 18 holes in the Drakensberg will cost between R120 and R400.

What to pack

If you are visiting in summer (November to April) you may need waterproofs and if you are visiting during winter (April to October) you will need warm clothing for the evenings.

Where to stay

If you are visiting the northern Drakensberg, accommodation is available at Champagne Sports Resort and the nearby Dragon’s Peak Resort. In the southern Drakensberg, Drakensberg Gardens is renowned for its accommodation and its golf.

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