Top golf courses in South Africa
Arabella Golf Course
Bordering the largest natural lagoon in South Africa and overlooked by the Kogelberg mountain range , with the 9th, 17th, and 18th running parallel to the water, Arabella Country Club provides both a wonderful golf challenge and an eye-catching landscape.
The course was designed by Pete Matkovich, who has designed over 20 of the country’s leading courses. It was named the best new course in South Africa in 1999 by Golf Digest, and it has kept up the high standard ever since.
The beautiful 8th hole, at over 500 metres is a real tester. It has a right to left sloping fairway and the approach is well protected by bunkers on both the left and right. Some regard it as Arabella’s signature hole.
The 18th is regarded as one of the best finishing holes in South Africa. A testing par-five, it features a very long bunker down the right. Slice your shot beyond it and you could find the lagoon. Your best bet is to aim a little left. What makes the hole great is it challenges one to go for it and and end one’s round in glory.
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Pearl Valley Golf Estates
Designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Pearl Valley was named “best new golf course of the year” by Golf Digest Magazine in 2005. It went on to host the South African Open from 2007 to 2009.
The course, which is surrounded by mountains and vineyards, in true Nicklaus style features 81 white sand bunkers, including a monster bunker on the 14th, which despite the visual challenge it poses is actually the course’s stroke 18 hole. Water features and immactulately maintained fairways and greens provide an appealing contrast to the white sand of the bunkers.