If you enjoy a challenging round of golf, you’re in luck when visiting Cape Town, where you can find a selection of some of the oldest and most challenging golf courses in South Africa. Below is a list of 10 golf courses found in Cape Town and its surrounding Area, that still remain user-friendly to the less experienced golfer.
The Royal Cape Golf Club is a classic parkland course, with a championship status. It provides a fine test of golf as well as an excellent playing experience. The course is in perfect condition all year around, with well-grassed fairways, smooth greens, and challenging bunkers. Located on a flat terrain, the Royal Cape Golf Club brings challenging constant wind and beautiful mountain views and water features with it. With no doubt, the Royal Cape Golf Course is one of the best and most challenging courses in Cape Town.
The Milnerton Golf Course is a 5 star awarded course on design, conditions, service and facilities. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Rietvlei River, this 6101m golf course is a challenging 18-hole and 72 par course, offering golfers a unique experience. This golfing experience will not be complete without a visit to their Club House afterwards. And if you lucky, you might spot some Southern Right Whales or a school of Dolphins while relaxing on their porch.
Conveniently located on the corner of the Liesbeek Parkway and Observatory Road, The River Golf Club is a community space that welcomes everyone. The course is a 9-hole, 27 par mashie course making it a great course for a short game. The River Club also has 90 driving bays, putting and chipping facilities for pros and beginners as well as an on-site teaching academy.
The Bellville Golf Club offers an 18-hole, 72 par golf course situated in the Welgemoed suburb of Bellville. This course is hardly affected by the usual local winds but still remains challenging due to the numerous water features and well-placed bunkers. Its panoramic views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains in the distance and unique challenge of the course make the Bellville Golf Course a must for all golfers.
The Durbanville Golf Club is located on the gentle slopes the Durbanville hills, providing an enjoyable golfing challenge for all players. Their recent improvements to their course resulted in a more enjoyable golfing experience, with excellent fairways and good putting surfaces. The course wide open spaces and flat terrain make it suitable to golfers of all skill levels, as it allows a high degree of error that is not penalized severely. However, players are advised to first take a few practice shots, especially over the dam situated in the middle of the course.
The Rondebosch Golf Course is an 18-hole course with breathtaking views of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain. The course is popular around the world and rated as a must-play by many golfers. Its continuous development and improvement ensures that the course upholds its excellent playing condition all year around. The river running through the course creates a challenge for the serious players, but still remains user-friendly to beginners and less experienced golfers.
Erinvale Golf Club is nestled at the foot of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. Its magnificent views of the ocean below and surrounding Winelands, make this golf course a popular choice among many golfers. The course consists of two very distinctive nines. The outwards nine is flat, requiring more accurate shots. The inwards nine, on the other hand, ascend up the mountain, offering unique holes. The Erinvale Golf Club also offers a full driving range and short game practice area, as well as boasts a fully stocked Pro Shop and elegant clubhouse.
Situated in Stellenbosch on the Bottelary Road, Kuilsriver Golf Club offers an 18-hole, 72 par course with well laid out fairways and numerous water features. This 18-hole course includes numerous bunkers, water hazards, and a sloped putting green. Starting off with a difficult 4 par, the course is designed to test your golfing skills, while still promising an enjoyable round. The good drainage system of the course ensures that it is playable all year around while the surrounding trees break the wind on most holes, allowing golfers to play in any weather conditions.
The Stellenbosch Golf Club is the 4th oldest club in South Africa, located at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain. It is an 18-hole parkland golf course, with a championship layout. The course offers golfers a fair challenge and memorable holes and their par 3 on the 7th is their signature hole. Their narrow fairways are lined with trees, blocking the winds and forcing relatively straight strokes for some of the holes. The club also boasts a professional driving range, a restaurant, and a pro shop.
Previously known as Spier Country Club, De Zalze Golf Club has established itself as one of the best golf courses in Cape Town. The course was designed by Peter Matkovich, who made the most of the beautiful setting, to create a course that emphasizes accuracy. The parkland course offers a unique combination of holes, with water features on numerous holes. Their signature hole is their 13th, located between the estate dam on the left of the hole and a cluster of trees to the right. De Zalze Golf Club also welcomes all golfers to their driving range for some warm-up strokes, with complementary balls included in the green fees.