BEST GOLF HO­TELS & LODGES

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EU­PHO­RIA

This Lim­popo bushveld es­tate, with close ac­cess to the N1, pro­vides lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in 64 bush vil­las, and has a hy­dro. Both are close to the club­house. A fea­ture of the es­tate is its moun­tain­top restau­rant, which is ac­cessed by ca­ble car. Eu­pho­ria has a chal­leng­ing lay­out de­signed by An­nika Soren­stam, and ex­cel­lent prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties.The es­tate is known for its re­mark­able va­ri­ety of bird life, with hik­ing and moun­tain bike trails on of­fer.

VULINTABA COUN­TRY HO­TEL

Re­motely tucked away in the Northern Drak­ens­berg, New­cas­tle be­ing the near­est town, is the Vulintaba Es­tate, which last year opened a 69-room ho­tel and spa to go with the 9-hole golf course orig­i­nally de­signed by Peter Matkovich. Ranked one of the best 9-holers in South Africa.

GRACE­LAND

The glitzy and busy Peer­mont group casino ho­tel is on site at the Grace­land

Coun­try Club, a for­mer Top 100 Gary Player links-style course in the in­dus­trial town of Se­cunda in Mpumalanga. It of­fers stay-and-play pack­ages.

FAIR­WAY HO­TEL & SPA

The ideal base for golfers in Gaut­eng, be­ing on site at Rand­park Club with its two qual­ity golf cour­ses, the Firethorn and Bush­wil­low. There are seven unique golf vil­las over­look­ing the Firethorn, each one be­ing a 4-bed­room unit.

REDBOURNE COUN­TRY LODGE

Lo­cated at the en­trance to Plet­ten­berg Bay Coun­try Club in the Gar­den Route and part of the Lion Roars Group, Redbourne of­fers lux­ury rooms.

BON HO­TEL

An at­trac­tive Gaut­eng venue for a week­end get­away on the Vaal River set on the grounds of Riviera Golf Club. You’ll find a 9-hole mashie course and, across the river, Mac­cau­vlei Golf Club.

GAR­DEN ROUTE CASINO

Find this Tsogo Sun ho­tel out­side the en­trance to the Pin­na­cle Point Golf Es­tate in Mos­sel Bay.

FLAMINGO CASINO

A Sun In­ter­na­tional prop­erty that’s per­fectly sit­u­ated for golf at the en­trance to Kimberley GC in the Northern Cape.

MMABATHO PALMS

A Peer­mont ho­tel and casino in the North West, ad­ja­cent to the Leopard Park Golf Club with its 18-hole Peter Matkovich lay­out, it’s close to the Botswana bor­der.

FISH RIVER SUN

Orig­i­nally a Sun In­ter­na­tional casino ho­tel, it’s on site at the re­mote Gary Player golf course in the East­ern Cape, near Port Al­fred.

DRAK­ENS­BERG GAR­DENS

Take in a tra­di­tional old re­sort in the Southern Drak­ens­berg, near Un­der­berg, with a spec­tac­u­larly hilly and scenic 18hole course.

KING GE­ORGE PROTEA

Con­ve­niently near Ge­orge Golf Club in the Gar­den Route, this large ho­tel has more than 100 rooms and suites, in­clud­ing some which over­look the course’s 11th hole.

CITY LODGE MOW­BRAY

Not only is this ho­tel a chip shot away from the first green at King David Mow­bray, it’s a per­fect base for golfers spend­ing time in Cape Town, with quick ac­cess to the N2 high­way.

CATHE­DRAL PEAK

An­other homely re­sort in a World Her­itage site in the Northern Drak­ens­berg, which in­tro­duced its own 9-hole golf course some 25 years ago, it’s ranked among the best in South Africa.

SABI RIVER SUN

This is a 60-room Tsogo Sun ho­tel at Hazyview in Mpumalanga with a fun 18-hole bushveld course. A pop­u­lar time­share ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause of its res­i­dent wildlife, it’s close to an en­trance gate for the Kruger Na­tional Park.

LAKE BOU­TIQUE LODGE

Close to the golf club­house in­side Sil­ver Lakes es­tate east of Pre­to­ria, this bou­tique lodge of­fers 32 rooms and self­ca­ter­ing apart­ments.

ZIMBALI

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