When deciding to book a golf holiday abroad, one has many destinations to choose from - so why should Cape Town be your first choice? Recent surveys by SA Tourism conducted in the UK and Ireland prove that more that 70% of golfers have already visited Cape Town or are planning to do so in future. Nearly 40% of those that have been to Cape Town, have returned to Cape Town for another golf holiday within 5 years of their first visit.
But one should look at Cape Town's incredible attractions rather than relying solely on statistics. From a golfing point of view one is seriously spoilt for choice so the most important aspect of deciding on a destination is covered. So let's look at some of the other reasons why Cape Town has become the darling of golf travelers.
From Table Mountain one can enjoy the spectacular views of the city and its surrounds in all directions. The upper cable car station is situated at 1067 metres above sea level and the revolving cablecar makes sure that your trip up and down the mountain gives you a good look in all directions.
Once on top you can follow hiking paths to various look-out points, make use of the telescopes and enjoy a light meal or simply a sundowner drink in the restaurant. After spending the day on the golf course, you and your partner can head to Table Mountain during the early evening as the sunsets are simply mesmerizing. A visit to Table Mountain is an experience second to none when choosing to come and play golf in Cape Town.
The V&A Waterfront is a prime location for both tourists and locals who love of shopping, dining and enjoying entertainment. The Waterfront is still a working harbour and is an example of inventive architecture in order to create one of South Africa's most visited tourist attraction.
Non golfers accompanying their golfing partners can easily spend a day or two at the Waterfront as there are over 250 shops to choose from, ranging from designer boutiques to craft stalls, fine dining restaurants offering spectacular views of Table Mountain, quaint coffee shops and plenty of other facilities. Young and old will love the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Telkom Exploratorium. The SA Maritum Museum has interactive displays of the history of local shipwrecks and more.
Enjoy a drink at one of the many waterside pubs and restaurants, shop till you drop, or relax and enjoy the variety of live entertainment that is always on offer. There are also a number of harbour cruises and sundowner cruises that depart from the Waterfront. A visit to the V&A Waterfront is a great addition to your holiday when choosing to come and play golf in Cape Town.
Cape Point is located at the tip of the Cape Peninsula inside the Table Mountain National Park. When taking a day off from the golf course, this is a location that offers plenty Kodac moments to share with friends back home. The expansive Table Mountain National Park stretches from Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the north to Cape Point in the south and encompasses the seas and coastline of the peninsula.
Within Cape Point the towering cliffs forming the most southwestern tip of Africa and mark the location where the warm Agulhus current and the cold Beguela current merge, resulting in the this part of the world being referred to by sailors over the ages as the 'Cape of Storms'.
Inside the reserve you will find over 250 species of birds and indigenous flora (fynbos) that is found nowhere else in the world, in addition to a vast variety of wildlife including the Cape Mountain Zebra, antelope and baboons. Travel on the funicular to the Lighthouse lookout for spectacular views after taking a scenic drive, stopping at one of the many picnic spots and tidal pools. There is also a restaurant and gift shop at the funicular station. An excursion to Cape Point is an enriching experience when choosing to come and play golf in Cape Town.
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. Constructed by the Dutch between 1666 and 1679, this building has been exceptionally well preserved and is one of the many 'must see' historic location in Cape Town. Inside the walls of the pentagonal castle you will find a combination of cultural and military history dating back to the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck to the Cape on 6 April 1652. Guided tours will introduce you to the dungeons, the dolphin pool and the blacksmith. We can highly recommend taking the family on a sightseeing excursion to the Castle of Good Hope during your golf holiday in Cape Town. Come play golf in Cape Town and visit this wonderful site in between your rounds of golf!
The Cape Winelands are surrounded by majestic mountain ranges a fertile green valleys. The region has a Mediterranean climate and the winter rainfall of the south-western Cape helps producing some of the best wines in the world. Towns and villages in the Cape Winelands have many historic homesteads, museums and monuments to discover. The rich, fertile soils along the Breede River Valley and especially the areas of Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, have become world famous for their whites, reds, sherries, ports and brandies. A wine tasting tour during your Cape Town golf holiday is an experience of note!
The Garden Route stretches on the southern coast of the Cape from Heidelberg to the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River. Itís a nook of the country that offers inspiration to writers and artists whose presence gives the Garden Route a trendy flavour. The coastal drive from Cape Town links a series of charming towns such as Mossel Bay, George, Wildernes, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and St. Francis.
Along the way, golfers can enjoy every kind of adventure activity imaginable, ranging from bungee jumping (highest in the world!), scuba diving, abseiling, fishing and more. The Tsitsikamma Forest, situated on the Indian Ocean shore is one of the Cape's most scenic protected areas, combining marine and land attractions. According to Jack Nicklaus, this region will become the most visited golfing destination in the world in less than 50 years. In addition to the Golden Bear's own Simola Golf Course, the Garden Route already offers a whopping tally of 16 championship golf courses!
When you come over to play golf in Cape Town, be sure that you include a few days in the Garden Route in your golf holiday itinerary.
The Cape West Coast is an off the beaten track treasure trove of unspoilt beaches, incredible mountain ranges, rich geographical diversity, and the most astounding carpet of wild flowers during spring. The Cape West Coast stretches along Route 27 from Cape Town as far north as the border with Namibia, and encompasses the beautiful Cederberg Mountains, famous for centuries-old rock art, quaint historic towns and fishing villages such Lambertís Bay, Paternoster, Saldanha and Langebaan. Take a day off playing golf in Cape Town and enjoy a fun filled day exploring the Cape West Coast.
Only 3 hours from Cape Town, Sanbona Private Game Reserve boasts 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art. This is a destination not to be missed during Cape Town golf holiday. Traverse the landscape of Sanbona with a qualified ranger in comfortable open Landcruisers. During your safari, be it in the early morning or for sundowners, various species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen. Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sun sets over the Little Karoo. Come play golf in Cape Town and spend a few days in the African wilderness during a safari at Sanbona!
Deciding to play golf in Cape Town, you will enjoy an experience that no other golf holiday destination can offer. Come play golf in Cape Town and embark on a journey that you will cherish forever! Contact us