While popular sports like tennis, cricket or rugby are played on standardised playing fields—golf is a unique sport in that it can be played on a variety of different courses that offer very different challenges. Cape Town is home to a wide array of courses that’ll test any golfer’s skills with driver, iron or putter. If you’ve come to the city to explore then make sure you get in a round at one of these incredible courses.
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Royal Cape Golf Club has a history dating back to 1885 and has undergone many transformations to now stand as one of the top clubs in the Cape. The ‘Royal’ was conferred by King George V in 1910, but these days it offers a well-maintained parkland course that will suit all levels.
Westlake Golf Club is a fantastic club that sits against the backdrop of the Silvermine Mountains. It offers an 18-hole parkland course that has great fairways, challenging rough and Poa Annua greens. The clubhouse is also a great place to grab a meal—with a fabulous buffet lunch on Sundays.
Clovelly was originally started to that naval officers could get in a round while they were passing through. Now, it’s a nice inclusive course that offers a more varied terrain than most of Cape Town’s other courses.
Rondebosch Golf Club offers a conveniently situated and picturesque 18-hole course to play. Close to the city centre, it is well-maintained and is great for experts and beginners alike.
Steenberg Golf Estate is a luxury golf estate in Cape Town’s leafy Southern Suburbs. Along with a pristine course, it also has a winery and two gourmet restaurants, Bistro 1682 and Catharina’s.
King David Mowbray
King David Mowbray is the result of a merger between two golf clubs, Mowbray and King David, and offers a solid round of golf with a course that designed to minimise the impact of Cape Town’s notorious wind.
This accessible and eminently playable course was created with the average golfer in mind and provides excellent mountain views, an abundance of bird-life and a welcoming staff. A real gem that’s just a short drive outside of Cape Town.
A little way out of Cape Town, Strand is the perfect place to stop off for a round on the way back from a trip up the Western Cape’s east coast. With a friendly layout and great views, it’ll be a favourite with players of all levels.
Although Arabella is also outside of Cape Town, die-hard golfers won’t mind the hour-and-a-half drive out to the Kleinmond area. Follow the lead of the locals and book a weekend away at the Hotel & Spa and then enjoy a couple of rounds on the course designed by Peter Matkovich.
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