BEST OF THE REST
KLEINE ZALZE LODGE
Overlooking the first hole of the De Zalze golf course (ranked No 37 in Golf Digest’s Top 100), this establishment, with 35 rooms and six self-catering suites, is part of the Kleine Zalze wine estate.The award-winning Terroir restaurant is a short walk away, adjacent to the second tee. It’s close to the centre of Stellenbosch, and surrounded by vineyards that offer running and cycling trails.
DEVONVALE GOLF & WINE ESTATE
Accommodation here in the Bottelary Valley in the Winelands, an estate owned by sailing legend J J Provoyeur, varies from two-bedroom holiday houses to self-catering apartments and petite lodge rooms. There is a spa on site.The Devonvale course, flanked by vineyards, does not rank in the Golf Digest Top 100, yet is a fun layout in scenic surroundings, and the estate has excellent practice facilities.
OUBAAI HOTEL & SPA
Close to Herold’s Bay in the Garden Route, the modern hotel has 100 rooms. It overlooks the tenth hole of the Ernie Els course, so residents need to drive a few kilometres to the first tee at the clubhouse, which is on a magnificent site overlooking the ocean. Originally opened as a Hyatt, it’s no longer part of that hotel group.We ranked No 31 in the Golf Digest Top 100.
WILD COAST SUN
A popular and big casino hotel on the border between the KZN South Coast and the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast. Fun spot for families and groups with its varied facilities. On site is one of the country’s best golf courses, a spectacular roller-coaster ride over the hilly terrain.
Under new ownership (First Group), the hotel and spa at Selborne has been upgraded and restored back to its previous excellent quality. A relaxingly intimate and elegant escape on the KZN South Coast, with a pleasantly fun-to-play Top 100 golf course in beautiful coastal forest. Selborne is renowned as a wedding venue, having its own chapel on the estate.
GOWRIE FARM GOLF LODGE
A favourite spot in Nottingham Road for golfers looking for a getaway in the KZN Midlands. There are five luxury en-suite bedrooms upstairs in the clubhouse, but golfing fourballs should also look to stay at self-catering cottages on the estate.The Top 50 course is unique, a modified 9-holer with 12 different greens.
CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT
A popular conference and timeshare venue in the Central Drakensberg – recent additions mean it can accommodate 750 people – it has one of the country’s most scenic top 18hole courses, with glorious views of the nearby Champagne and Cathkin peaks. There is a new wellness centre, too.
LEGEND GOLF & SAFARI RESORT
Game drives and taking a helicopter flight to hit golf balls off the Hanglip mountain top (the Extreme 19th Hole) are two of the attractions at this Limpopo resort, a two-hour drive north of Pretoria. It boasts one of the longest golf courses in the world, the Signature, with each one of the 18-holes having a unique design stamp by a star tour player. There’s also a Tribute Par-3 course, with replicas of famous holes. There are 220 rooms at the resort, and individual suites are built in the bush.The golf clubhouse is quite separate from the accommodation, and you need your own transport to get there.