There is nothing quite like a golfing road trip abroad, particularly when the destination is as warm and inviting as South Africa. One part of the country that is particularly well known for golfing road trips is the Western Cape and the Garden Route is one of the most popular destinations.

Did you know?

The town of George is named after British monarch, King George III.

Some of South Africa’s finest golf estates are located along the Garden Route, within driving distance of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. According to respected golfing website, Golf in South Africa, there are 13 courses along the Garden Route worth considering, so options are plentiful.

Fancourt in George is considered by many as South Africa’s top golfing estate, with three world-class courses to try out (The Links, Montague and Outeniqua). It has a range of luxury accommodation to match. The courses at Fancourt have been modeled on some of the finest in Scotland and have received intricate design input from the great Gary Player. All three courses are regularly ranked in South Africa’s top 20. The Links is usually considered to be South Africa’s number one course.

Oubaai Golf Club, a 10-minute drive from George airport, is the first Ernie Else signature course in South Africa. The scenery includes the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Golfers are sometimes even lucky enough to see whales during a round.

While in the area, Kingswood Golf Estate is also definitely worth visiting.

Knysna, less than an hour’s drive from George, is home to the esteemed Simola Estate, which boasts a spectacular Jack Nicklaus signature course. Here you will find 18 of the most beautiful holes you will ever play. Kynsna Golf Club, Pezula Golf Club, Plettenberg Bay Country Club and Goose Valley Golf Club are the other courses worth trying out in this area.

Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort near Mossel Bay is recognised as one of the best golf resorts to be established in recent years. Some fantastic ocean scenery is included in a round at this exclusive 18-hole course, which is five hours' drive from Cape Town.

The other course to consider in this area is the Mossel Bay Golf Club.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Fancourt
Tel: +27 (0)44 804 0000
Email: reservations@fancourt.co.za

Simola
Tel: +27 (0)44 302 9600
Email: reservations@simolaestate.co.za

Oubaai Golf Club
Tel: +27 (0)044 851 1234

How to get here

You can fly to George from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Alternatively hire a car and drive from either Cape Town or Port Elizabeth.

Best time to visit

If you prefer warm weather, plan your trip for sometime between October and April.

Get around

If you are not part of an arranged golf tour, your most convenient option is to hire a vehicle from whichever airport you fly into.

Where to stay

Fancourt Hotel is one of the most prestigious accommodation venues along the Garden Route. Simola Estate in Knysna also offers 5-star accommodation.