our guide to find­ing the places to suit your golf­ing life­style

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life - PHO­TOS BY ADAM VOORHES

GOLF TRIPS WITH YOUR FRIENDS and fam­ily are won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ences, but if you want to make them even more mem­o­rable, there’s noth­ing bet­ter than stay­ing on site at a golf course and walk­ing from your ho­tel room to the first tee.

Golf re­sorts pro­vide spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences, whether they are part of a trip with your mates or a get­away with your sig­nif­i­cant other.They are places to be pam­pered on and off the fair­way, with ev­ery­thing within walk­ing dis­tance.The best re­sorts of­fer mul­ti­ple cour­ses, and we’re also par­tial to those re­sort lay­outs that of­fer fun holes and daz­zling scenery. Mer­chan­dise in the golf shop is abun­dant, with a logo you’re proud to wear.They usu­ally have an out­stand­ing range packed with pyra­mids of prac­tice balls. Some of us rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to fi­nally groove a swing, while oth­ers merely glance at it on the way to the first tee. Ac­com­mo­da­tion must be com­fort­able, nei­ther spar­tan nor gaudy, and the best ser­vice is that which never leaves you feel­ing self-con­scious. Crea­ture com­forts be­come sec­ond na­ture. That’s the joy of a great golf re­sort. It’s over­stocked with ac­tiv­i­ties and diver­sions, and we get to pick our plea­sures. All this comes at a price that’s well above the nor­mal house­hold bud­get for golf, but we wouldn’t be rec­om­mend­ing these re­sorts if their ex­pe­ri­ences weren’t worth the cost.

South Africa also has many other op­tions at non-re­sort cour­ses to stay on site.These can be in the form of golf lodges, guest houses, or vil­las, apart­ments and chalets where you can have a braai af­ter the round and do your own cater­ing.Turn the page to re­veal the in­au­gu­ral Best Places to Stay & Play list.

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