Champagne Sports Resort, located near the KwaZulu-Natal town of Winterton in the central Drakensberg, is home to one of South Africa’s top five golf clubhouses, as well as 18 lush, green holes offering excellent views of the mountains. It's one of the most relaxing courses a golfer could ask for.

Champagne Sports Resort is the ideal destination for any golfer looking for a relaxing few days of fresh air and mountain scenery. Here you can enjoy a round, hearing only the soothing sounds of nature.

Some of Africa’s most beautiful sunsets can be seen in this region, which is why a late-afternoon game of golf here is hard to beat. The water hazards are gently spread out across the course, not too imposing for less experienced golfers, and the 84 white silica sand bunkers are relatively easy to get out of. There’s usually very little wind to contend with and the greens are relatively smooth, allowing for a stress-free round of golf.

The kikuyu fairways of Champagne Sports Resort are generous in width, but stray shots into the rough may prove difficult to retrieve in sections where foliage is dense.

One of the best things about the course is the space around it. There are no high-rise buildings, no cars zooming past and no reminders of the urban environment you’ve escaped to enjoy a round here.

The Champagne Sports Resort golf course was designed by South African golfing pro Hugh Baiocchi, who claimed more than 20 tournament titles in his career, including the Swiss and Dutch Opens in the 1970s, as well as the Nelson Mandela Invitational, which he won as a senior in 2002.

Respected golf website GolfDirect lists Champagne Sports Resort’s course as the 32nd best in South Africa for 2010, which is commendable in a golf-mad country with literally hundreds of top-class courses.

The Champagne Sports Resort clubhouse, which features an excellent Pro-Shop, as well as superb views of the course, is a fantastic place to sit back and relax for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Champagne Sports Resort
Tel: +27 (0)36 468 8000

How to get here

Champagne Sports Resort is located 23km from the town of Winterton, a four-hour drive from Johannesburg and two hours from Durban.

Best time to visit

The course is open throughout the year. If you prefer warm weather, visit between October and April. The winter months are chillier, but usually rain free.

Around the area

There are many tourist attractions in the surrounding Drakensberg. Make sure to enquire at the resort for the closest.

What will it cost

An 18-hole round costs R230. Carts can be hired for R260 per cart for 18 holes.

Where to stay

Luxury accommodation is available at Champagne Sport Resort. Dragon’s Peak Resort, just down the road, is another option.