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October 10, 2012

Golf: the ultimate leisure activity in Cape Town

This photograph of Table Mountain from Milnerton Golf Club was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it group member Craig Pitchers

Golf is the ultimate leisure activity: it requires an endless refinement of skill and technique, but at the same time offers the majesty of fresh air, spectacular scenery and the opportunity for respite. Cape Town is host to some of the most spectacular golf courses in the world.

With a view of the ocean from tee-off, one need look no further than the Erinvale Golf Course in Somerset West for a world-class golfing experience. Designed by golf legend Gary Player, it’s situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, which protects the course from the wind. Reviewers on renowned travel website tripadvisor.com were full of praise for this course. “Very nice course and surroundings!” wrote Kenneth_Sweden from Malamo in Sweden. He added: “Likeable clubhouse. The view from 15 tee overlooking False Bay is fantastic!”

If you’re a golfer looking for a bit of a challenge, then try the course at the Clovelly Country Club or the Milnerton Golf Course. The latter offers spectacular views of the seaside as well as Table Mountain, but is exposed to the wind, making it “a challenging little gem”, according to one local reviewer.

Westlake Golf Course, photo courtesy Aubrey Kilian

If you’re looking to take it slightly easier, the Westlake Golf Club is just as scenic (with Silvermine Mountain in the backdrop and tall trees surrounding the course), but offers an easy walk.

Atlantic Beach Golf Club has also received rave reviews because of its offering. “It's a very reasonably-priced course, so excellent value for money,” wrote hugocornelius from London.

There are many other courses to consider in Cape Town, including Durbanville Golf Course, the Metropolitan Golf Course and the Rondebosch Golf Club. However, if you fancy a golfing road trip, why not hop in a car and take a scenic five-hour drive from Cape Town to Fancourt, in George? CNNGo recently named the golfing resort one of the World’s 10 Best Golf Resorts.

Whatever your interest – be it leisure, holidaying or serious golfing – there is so much on offer in Cape Town, you’d be forgiven for not knowing where to start!

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