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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.

SELBORNE

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.

GOWRIE FARM

SELBORNE

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