Your visit to the Cape Winelands and Fynbos Guest House would not be complete without trying out some of the fantastic activities on offer in and around the Stellenbosch area. One of these leisurely activities is a round of 18 at one of the many golf courses in Stellenbosch and further adrift in Cape Town. Combine incredible scenery, fantastic views and some of the finest courses in the world, and you have a recipe for a beautiful day out in the sun. Stellenbosch golf courses in and around the Stellenbosch area are not as far as you may think from Fynbos Guest House. We have handpicked some of our favourites for you to try out.
This course is a top favourite in the Stellenbosch area. It has been around for well over a century. It was only in 1953 when the prestigious course grew from 9 holes to a full 18 hole course. A number of well know tournaments have been played in it’s fairways including the South African Masters and the South African Open.
For more visit- http://www.stellenboschgolfclub.com/
Not far from Stellenbosch golf course lies De Zalze Golf Club. It is a fairly new golf course having recently passed its 10 year mark. Despite being such a newbie, it is also one of the most beautiful courses you will find with views of the Cape Winelands and Helderberg mountains. As this is a golf and wine estate, there is plenty for visitors to do in this 300 hectare golf and wine haven. One can enjoy a round of golf, wine tasting, the Terroir Restaurant and luxury accommodation, all on one estate! De Zalze golf club has hosted a number of amateur tournaments including the SA Amateur Championship in 2006.
For more visit- http://www.dezalzegolf.com/dezalze/
Devonvale, like De Zalze Golf Club, is a golf and wine estate. It is a challenging and fun course for both locals and international players. It was designed by Ken Elkin who has designed many of the Capes most prestigious golf courses. The club prides themselves in being the only golf course to have an Arboretum! The kikuyu fairways and bent greens are kept in pristine condition while the course has over 45 tree and plant species marked out along the course. The course also has a large dam in the centre which feeds the irrigation system.
For more visit: http://www.devonvale.co.za/
The golf course consists of three different parts, but this does not affect your playing style. With magnificent views of the Helderberg mountain range, which gently slopes down towards the course, you are assured a spectacular 18 holes. The course is primarily a parkland course and has been divided into three sections. This has been done as there is a railway line and road which intersect it. At first this may appear inconvenient but in fact, it adds to the challenge of the course for the golfer.
For more visit: http://www.somersetwestgolfclub.co.za/
In 2007, this course was named, “The most improved course in the Cape” by Complete Golfer. The new Strand Golf Club was opened in 1994 after it was relocated from the old course in Gordon’s Bay road. The spectacular Hottentots Holland Mountains serve as a backdrop while the modern clubhouse overlooks sparkling crystal waters and beautifully manicured greens. The course features an abundance of water hazards and bunkers. The holes on the back 9 are mostly played in a semi- links style.
The course is also known for its vastly improved greens over the years and has an excellent putting surface. Several tee boxes (ladies, club, senior and championship) are available on each hole. This makes for approximately a five- hundred metre difference between championship tees and club tees over the 18 holes.
For more visit: http://www.strandgolfclub.co.za/
This scenic golf club was host to the World Cup of Golf in 1996. It also held the SAA Open in 2003 and 2004 as well as the recent South African Disabled Open. Designed by Gary Player, this 18- hole golf course offers beautiful scenery and a challenging (yet fun) day on the golf course. The first 9 holes will take you through the flatter, residential part of the course, while the back 9 make their way up the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains.
For more visit: http://www.erinvale.com/Home.aspx
This parkland course has gentle rolling features. It was designed by Bob Grimsdell KD and has only been slightly altered over the years. The club, founded in 1956, has a colourful history. It is said that it is to become “the best non-estate course” in Cape Town. For more visit- http://www.kdgc.co.za/default.aspx
In Cape Town’s northern suburbs we find a golf club conceived by local amateurs and then approved by local amateur enthusiasts. The course was designed by Ken Elkin and has come a far way since its early days of a gravel car- park with very little grass and no clubhouse! Find out more at- http://www.durbanvillegolfclub.co.za/
Jack Nicklaus has had an influential touch at this renowned golf estate. The course was opened in 2003 and was named the “best new golf course of the year” by Golf Digest magazine in 2005. It was also ranked as the “best conditioned golf course” in the Western Cape by Golf Digest in 2011/2012. For more visit- http://www.pearlvalley.co.za/
The original course of the 1950’s had the fairways stretched out along the Berg River, it has been redesigned an extended since. The updated course was the first 27 hole golf course in the Western Cape! Many of the Sunshine Tour Events have been hosted at this course. For more information visit- http://www.paarlgolfclub.co.za/
Enjoy incredible views of Table Mountain and Devils Peak as you make your way through this popular 18- holer. The course was established in 1911 and is challenging enough for the seasoned veteran and friendly enough for beginners. The river, which winds its way through the course, adds a new dimension and challenge for golfers. For more information visit- http://www.rondeboschgolfclub.com/
The Royal Cape Golf Club is the oldest golf club in South Africa. Established in 1885, it held its first official tournament in 1866. Fast forward more than 100 years and we find a club that has played host to tournaments such as the Vodacom Players’ Championship and the South African Open. It is a ‘must- play’ for any golfing enthusiast. For more information visit- http://www.royalcapegolf.co.za/
This easy to walk course is characterised by towering trees and the stunning backdrop of the Silvermine mountains. The course was established in 1932 and is very popular amongst locals and tourists alike. For more information visit- http://www.westlakegolfclub.co.za/
Close to Fish Hoek, lies Clovelly Country Club. With around 60 000 rounds of golf played annually on the course, it is a very popular course. The club was rescued by two entrepreneurs in the late 1920’s and was turned into a Clovelly Country Club in 1932. Today, a robust membership profile ensures that it is one of the Cape’s most popular clubs. For more visit- http://clovelly.co.za/
Enjoy a round of golf at one the most centrally situated green belts in Cape Town. Its attraction for many golfers is its close proximity to the city centre including the V & A Waterfront. It’s beautiful greens blend naturally into the Green Point Urban Park. For more visit- http://www.metropolitangolfclub.co.za/
Depending on which way the wind blows, you will need to alter you game plan on this unique golf course. Lofted shots are great for when the wind is at bay while link- style low running shots are great for windy days. The course opened for play in July 2000 and was designed by architects of international golf courses, Golf Data. For more visit- http://www.atlanticbeachgolfclub.co.za/
The course plays home to the Nelson Mandela Invitational and has been voted the top golf course in the Western Cape by both Golf Digest and Compleat Golfer magazines. The course was built in 1999 and is set along the banks of the bot River lagoon. For more visit- http://www.golfdirect.co.za/index.php