Explore the Cape's finest attractions and play its best golf courses during a comprehensive green expedition.
Upon arrival at Cape Town International, guests are met and welcomed by their African Sky guide. Your ten day South African golf tour begins with a cable car trip up Table Mountain, one of the most recognizable landmarks on the African continent. After enjoying breathtaking views from the various vantage points, the tour returns to the city for a visit to the historic Castle of Good Hope, a pentagonal fortress built in the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company. The castle provides insight into the birth of colonial South Africa. The afternoon takes guests to their accommodation overlooking Cape Town’s famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
The first golf course of your golf tour is the Royal Cape Golf Club – a fitting choice, as it also happens to be South Africa’s very first golf course. Periodically harassed by the South-Easter wind (or the Cape Doctor, as it has been affectionately nicknamed), the Royal Cape Golf Course will prove challenging to most levels of golfers. The course’s handsome mature trees may provide some welcome respite from the wind. The afternoon is spent at leisure. Relax at the hotel or venture out and explore the waterfront – home to the Two Oceans Aquarium, a plethora of international designer stores, gourmet restaurants and local craft markets.
Today the tour takes guests to Somerset West and the Erinvale Golf Course. Erinvale’s spectacular location in the Cape winelands region, coupled with its captivating championship layout, makes it one of the most highly regarded courses in the Cape. The afternoon is spent supping on fine wines at the acclaimed Vergelegen Wine Estate just across from the course. Vergelegen was established in 1700 and still boasts some of the finest bouquets in the country. The tour returns to the waterfront in the late afternoon.
The tour travels south toward the coastal Overberg. The shores of this coastline draw significant numbers of southern right whale in the winter and early spring months. These whales journey north from the Southern Ocean to give birth in the many sheltered coves. Arabella Golf Course is located just outside the quaint seaside town of Kleinmond on the magnificent Bot River Lagoon. Trundling down from the Kogelberg Mountains, Arabella is characterized by its inimitable natural beauty. Before returning to Cape Town in the late afternoon, guests enjoy a short visit to the whale-spotting hub of Hermanus for lunch.
Atlantic Beach Golf Course forms the main feature of the day’s itinerary. Known for its perfect view of Table Mountain and the West Coast beach that stretches alongside it, Atlantic Beach is certainly one of the Cape Town area’s most striking courses. Manage the imposing South-Easter wind with low-running shots and try not to get too distracted by the breathtaking surroundings. The afternoon leads the golf tour to the Cape winelands town of Stellenbosch and the celebrated Lanzerac Estate on its Jonkershoek Valley boundary. Enjoy a stroll through the vineyards as the sun sets across this idyllic landscape.
The day is dedicated to exploring the irresistibly charming streets of Stellenbosch and enjoying wine tastings at a selection of nearby estates. Stellenbosch is the second oldest settlement in South Africa and boasts beautiful examples of well-preserved Cape Dutch architecture. Rife with gourmet eateries, art galleries, boutiques and historic finds, visitors may find it difficult to depart. The afternoon is devoted to sampling wines at farms that form part of the Stellenbosch wine route. Guests return to Lanzerac in the late afternoon.
Following a last breakfast in the winelands, the golf tour heads south toward the Garden Route region, home to South Africa’s finest collection of golf courses. We travel via Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains until the road eventually reaches the coast at Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay is home to the Diaz Museum, which pays homage to Portuguese explorer Bartholomew Diaz. The museum hosts a replica of the caravel Diaz arrived upon, gifted to Mossel Bay by the Portuguese government in 1987. We arrive at the overnight accommodation near the city of George in the late afternoon.
The day is devoted to playing one of the most elite golf courses in South Africa – Fancourt Links. The spectacular green surroundings of the Garden Route augment an already unforgettable round of golf beneath the imposing gaze of the Outeniqua Mountains. Designed by renowned South African golfer Gary Player, Fancourt Links hosted the President’s Cup in 2003 and remains esteemed among amateur and professional golfers alike. The afternoon is spent at leisure enjoying the natural spoils of the Fancourt Estate.
After breakfast the tour heads to the magnificent Pezula Golf Course on one of Knysna’s breathtaking heads. Boasting dramatic views across the Indian Ocean, Pezula’s designers have compared the coastal links course to Gleneagles in Scotland and Pebble Beach in California. The remainder of the day is spent enjoying a leisurely lunch in the picturesque town of Knysna before heading back to Fancourt in the late afternoon.
Another one of Fancourt’s prestigious golf courses is enjoyed on your last morning in South Africa’s Western Cape. Fancourt Outeniqua is named for the magnificent mountain range that runs the length of the Garden Route. The parklands-style course was also designed by Gary Player and offers a round of golf with a soundtrack of bird song and, naturally, incomparable views. Upon conclusion of the game, guests are transferred to George Airport where golf tour in South Africa's Western Cape Province comes to an end.
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