Golf in the Overberg
Did you know?
The name Overberg is a reference to the “over the mountain” trip from Cape Town.
Drive an hour south-west of Cape Town and you are in the awesome Overberg. This is a beautiful coastal regional boasting rugged mountains, the world’s best land-based whale watching, and five golf courses; Arabella Golf Club, Hermanus Golf Club, Gansbaai Golf Club, Theewaterskloof Country Estate and Kleinmond Golf Club.
Gansbaai Golf Club is Africa’s most southerly golf club and one of the Western Cape’s most affordable courses. The par-72 course has nine holes with 18 tees. Here the main challenges for golfers are the strong summer winds and the beautiful ocean views that may cause distraction.
The Arabella Golf Club is perhaps the most prestigious and exclusive of the Overberg courses. It comes with a selection of luxury accommodation, including the Arabella Hotel & Spa. An array of indigenous flowers brightens the landscape surrounding the 18-hole course, which borders on the Kogelberg Nature Reserve.
Hermanus Golf Club has the ultimate offering for ‘marathon golfers’. It has a 27-hole course, originally designed by the acclaimed Bob Grimsdell, with Peter Matkovich creating the extra nine holes in 2006. The course is also very challenging, with numerous narrow fairways that allow little margin for error off the tee. Hermanus is famous for its whale watching and golfers are very likely to see southern right whales frolicking in the ocean during their rounds at Hermanus Golf Club.
Theewaterskloof Country Estate offers a serene nine-hole / 18-tee course for those who enjoy fresh country air. The 10-year-old course is situated on the Theewaterskloof Dam and has an old-school charm about it, despite its youth.
Kleinmond Golf Club is rated as one of the best nine-hole golf courses in South Africa, due to the excellent maintenance of fairways and greens, and its superb mountain scenery.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)21 487 6800
How to get here
If you are not on an arranged golf tour, your best option is to hire a car at Cape Town International Airport or from Cape Town city centre. From Cape Town take the N2 toward Somerset West and then follow the R43 to Hermanus to enter the Overberg region.
Best time to visit
Golfers wishing to see whales should visit between June and October.
What will it cost
Golf in the Overberg ranges from around R100 for nine holes at the country clubs, to around R750 for 18 holes at the more exclusive courses.
Length of stay
Spend a week in the Overberg and leave yourself some extra time to visit Cape Town.
Where to stay
Arabella Hotel & Spa is a luxury option for golfers wishing to play the course there, while Misty Waves Hotel in Hermanus is perfect for those wanting to experience the town’s night life.