Golf Destinations International
Experiencing the Golf Courses of the World
South Africa Golf Courses
Judy Martin - Founder
Golf Destinations International
Golf Conditions and Equipment
Here are a few suggestions on what to bring:
Golf Clubs in a protected travel bag, one per golfer
Plenty of socks, wind breakers, rain gear and umbrella
Tees, golf balls, gloves and towels
Regular golf shoes are required, no sandal type golf shoes
Soft cleats are required, plus bring extra shoe laces
Sunscreen and hats
We will have golf carts at most of the golf courses; however in South Africa they are called Buggies. At most of the golf courses Caddies are available for hire. The normal cost is about 100 Rand per 18 holes, plus 20 Rand for lunch at the Half Way House. There will be a few courses where Caddies are mandatory.
With each of the golf courses you will be working with the Head Pro or Director of Golf to insure that your experience will be a memorable one. You will need to check in at the Pro Shop for your tee time. However we want you to spend all the time you need at the Pro Shop shopping for clothes or souvenirs.
Every golf course in South Africa has what are called Half Way Houses. This is where we will be stopping after 9 holes of play for food and drinks. Usually the stop is for about 15 minutes and then you will begin play on the back 9.
If you have a physical condition which does not allow you to walk on the golf courses we need to know about it. Therefore we need to have a letter from your doctor stating your condition and the reason it would not be a good idea for you to walk. This letter needs to be on your doctor’s letterhead and sent to us at least 60 days prior to departure. We will send it over to our tour operators in South Africa and they will forward it to the appropriate golf course. You will also need to bring with you the original document. This will allow you to have a golf cart (buggy) on the walking only golf courses.
Weather – Generally the weather should be very good for our golfing experience. Below are some weather forecasts for each golf course.
Pearl Valley Signature Golf Estates – This course is inland so the Cape Town ocean breezes should not bother us. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to the low 80’s, with mild breezes.
Arabella Golf Club – This course is also inland from the ocean, however a slight breeze usually comes up in the afternoon. This course is slightly elevated so it will have a variety weather. The temperature should range from the low 70’s to the mid 70’s.
Simola Golf and Country Estates – This course is a little inland from the ocean however the afternoon breezes will come up cooling it down. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to low 80’s.
Pezula Championship Golf Course – Bring your wind breakers for this course. It is right on the Indian Ocean high on the rolling hills. You will experience more wind on the ocean holes than in the forest holes. It might be a good idea to wear long pants as well. The temperature should range from the high 60’s to mid 70’s.
Outeniqua Golf Course – This course is inland with mountains surrounding the entire valley. This course has rolling hills and is surrounded by the Resort at Fancourt. The temperature should range from the low 70’s to mid 70’s.
Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort – This course is on the bluffs next to the Indian Ocean. Depending on the time of day we may experience some ocean breezes. The temperature should range from the high 60’s to low 70’s.
Oubaai Golf Club – This course is situated high above the Indian Ocean. There may be a chance of wind coming off the ocean, especially in the late afternoon. The temperature should range from the low 70’s to the mid 70”s.
The Links at Fancourt – This course is inland with mountains surrounding the entire valley. There may be a chance of showers. The wind is usually very slight and the over all conditions perfect. The temperature should range from the low 70’s to mid 70’s.
Montagu Golf Club at Fancourt – This course will be very mild with some slight wind. There may be a chance of showers on and off. The temperature should range from the low 70’s to the mid 70’s.
The Lost City Golf Course – This course is located at the north of Johannesburg about 2 hours. So there may be a chance of showers in the morning, but dry during the day. There will be a little humidity as the day warms up which will make the air temperature seem warmer. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to high 70’s.
The Gary Player Country Club – This course is located near The Lost City Golf Course, so conditions will be similar. However because this golf course is at a little lower elevation if the wind comes up there won’t be much effect to play. The temperature should range near the high 70’s.
The Legend Golf Courses – These courses are located in the northern part of South Africa. You could get some thunder storms, however for the most part it will be pretty warm. Depending on the rain and surrounding weather conditions it could be humid or dry. The temperature should range from the high 70’s to high 80’s. There is even a chance it could go as high as in the 90’s.
Hans Meresnky Golf in the Wild – This course is located at the top of Kruger National Park. You will get some mild breezes and maybe some thunder storms in the late afternoon. Depending on the surrounding weather conditions it should be perfect golf weather with a little humidity. The temperature should range from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s.
Leopard Creek Golf Estate – This course is located at the lower end of Kruger National Park. We will get some mild breezes, maybe a little shower but overall great golf conditions. Depending on the weather there may be some slight humidity. The temperature should range from the mid 80’s to high 80’s.
Proper golf attire is required at each golf course. The golf courses maintain a very professional atmosphere, so please respect their customs. The Pro Shops at each course will be fully stocked for your shopping pleasure.
The distances are measured in Meters throughout South Africa on the golf courses. To convert to yards just take the distance in Meters times 10% and add that number to the Meter distance. Example: The distance to the “pin” is 150 Meters. Take 150 Meters times 10%, which equals 15. Now take 150 Meters plus 15 which equals 165 Yards.