Ten Top Golf Resorts in South Africa

South Africa is covered in golf courses. It is almost perfect golfing country - ideal weather, plenty of space, wonderful scenery and a population obsessed by sports and the outdoor life. Add in one of the world's all-time great champions - Gary Player - as a national sporting hero, and it is little wonder that South Africans and tourists alike flock to play on some of the world's best and most affordable courses. There is even the option to mix it up a little - golf, spa and safari!

Not all the country's most famous courses have made the list. I've concentrated on those that have tourist accommodation on site.

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    Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, One of South Africa's Top Golf Courses
    ••• Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, One of South Africa's Top Golf Courses. © Garyplayer.com

    A vast playground with hotels at all levels, Sun City offers entertainment day and night with a casino, spa, water park, nightclubs, and shows. Then, there is golf. The huge desert style Lost City course has real crocodiles at the 13th hole! The Gary Player Country Club and Golf Course is one of the most famous in the country, home to the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge.

     

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    Steenberg Golf Club, Western Cape, South Africa
    ••• Steenberg Golf Club, Western Cape, South Africa. © Steenberg Golf Club

    In a stunning setting just south of Cape Town, overlooked by mountains, this beautiful 18-hole course, with small luxury hotel, restaurant and spa, winds its way through water, vineyards and mountain fynbos. The par-three 14th hole offers players the largest green in Africa (at 76 meters long).

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    Pezula

    Another superb setting, between the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains, makes this 18-hole course a joy to walk. With a fabulous beach, spa, sports facilities from archery and tennis to riding and canoeing, there is plenty for the non-golfer as well. Accommodation comes in the hotel, 5 stand-alone villas and the exclusive beachside Pezula Castle.

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    This is South Africa's premier golf resort, with three championship courses designed by Gary Player, a golf academy with a Taylormade performance lab, PGA professionals on staff and two pro shops. There is also an all-singing, all-dancing spa for the golf-widows and a range of accommodation from rooms in the original Manor House to garden suites, or 2, 3 or 4-bed houses to rent along the courses.

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    Mount Edgecombe Golf Course and Lodge, Durban, South Africa
    ••• Mount Edgecombe Golf Course and Lodge, Durban, South Africa. © Mount Edgecombe

    Book ahead as the accommodation is limited at this charming old colonial lodge on a former sugar plantation. It's just 3 km (2 miles) inland from Umhlanga Rocks on the Durban coast. The lodge is on the 9th tee of one of two championship golf courses on the estate, within easy walk of the clubhouse. The courses wind through the lush subtropical vegetation and along the river offering plenty of challenges along with a fabulous setting for a day's play. There are also three pros and a driving range to help improve your game.

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    Right up against the boundary of northern section of the Kruger Park, this wonderful golf and spa resort offers the perfect opportunity to get in a game and a game drive at the same time. It also has a spa and a host of other activities on offer. You share the course, designed by Bob Grimsdall, with resident giraffe, zebra, crocs and other wild residents, so tuck a camera into your golf bag.

     

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    Currently undergoing a total refurbishment, the Wild Coast Sun is perfectly positioned to take advantage of South Africa's most beautiful stretch of coastline. You can admire it in all its rugged glory on the only golf course in the country designed by renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Jnr, a short but rugged 6000m course that has hosted several PGA tournaments. The 13th hole is played across a ravine and waterfall. There is a golf academy on site.

     

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    Zebula Country Club Golf Course, South Africa
    ••• Zebula Country Club Golf Course, South Africa. © Zebula

    There is action aplenty at this entertaining Waterberg estate, where you can meet lion cubs, go gameviewing by elephant, ride quadbikes or sink into the spa. Or you can play golf on a fabulous Peter Matkovich designed course with views across the magnificent Waterberg Mountains.

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    Vereeniging may not be the first place people may think of heading for a weekend away, but this surprising boutique hotel on the Vaal River may just change your mind. It has three restaurants, dinner cruises, a spa, and attractive golf course, with a clubhouse designed by renowned Victorian architect Sir Herbert Baker. And it's less than an hour's drive from Jo'burg.

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    Part of the global Starwood network, this luxurious resort, golf lodge and spa, while big, has been thoughtfully designed around the curves of the landscape to blend, as far as possible into the hillside. It stands within the Kogelberg Biosphere, its 18-hole golf course meandering along the flower-fringed banks of the Botriver Lagoon.