Eastern Cape

Formed in 1994, Eastern Cape lies on the south coast of South Africa and it shares internal boundaries with four other provinces as well as a border with three districts in the land locked country and enclave of Lesotho. The conurbations around the coastal cities of Port Elizabeth and East London are where many of the seven million people in the province have gravitated to and these busy ports play a central part in the region’s economy.

Amateur golf in Eastern Cape is administered by the Eastern Province Golf Union (with 7,000 members in 26 clubs) and Border Golf Union (which has around 3,000 members in 23 clubs). The Eastern Cape Women’s Golf Association looks after female golfers, and this governing body oversees the golfing affairs of members in 26 affiliated clubs.

Humewood is said to be the only true links layout in the whole country and it dates back to the late 1920s when SV Hotchkin set out the course whilst on a visit from England. He also, during the same trip, had a hand in the design of the East London course on a site that the club had moved to in 1923. Of more recent vintage, Robert Trent Jones Jnr’s Wild Coast course near Port Edward and the Jack Nicklaus St Francis Links layout hold lofty positions in the national ranking charts.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Eastern Cape

St Francis Links

1st Eastern Cape - Best in Area

The course at St Francis Bay lies a little inland from the coast and it displays many links traits with fairways laid out on rugged, tumbling, sandy terrain...

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Humewood

2nd Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Greens at Humewood are firm and fast, requiring a sure putting touch – which was needed when the South African Open returned to this top class links in 2006.

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Wild Coast

3rd Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Set in natural bush between the Umtamvuna and Mzamba rivers, Wild Coast Sun’s fairways rise and fall then twist and turn...

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East London

4th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

East London Golf Club has hosted the South African Open six times (between 1930 and 2001) and it’s widely regarded as one of the top courses in the Eastern Cape.

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Fish River

5th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Fish River is a remote and lengthy Gary Player design which is set close to the Indian Ocean.

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St Francis Bay

6th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Bob Grimsdell laid out the course at St Francis Bay Golf Club in 1975 and this 9-holer was extended to a full 18-hole layout in 1999 by Danie Obermeyer.

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Wedgewood Golf & Country Estate

7th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Situated in nearly 900 acres of parkland adjacent to the Hopewell Nature Reserve near Port Elizabeth, lies the Wedgewood Golf & Country Estate, which sports a reconstructed Golf Data course at its centrepiece.

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Port Elizabeth

8th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

Founded in 1890, Port Elizabeth is the second oldest golf club in South Africa and it marks 125 years as a golfing institution by hosting the South African Amateur championship in 2015.

Katberg

9th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

The Katberg Eco Golf Estate & Hotel lies within an enormous 1000-acre estate in the Winterberg Mountains, where residents have the use of a fine 18-hole championship layout.

Royal Port Alfred

10th Eastern Cape - Best in Area

One of four South African clubs with a regal prefix, Royal Port Alfred Golf Club obtained its royal status in 1924, seventeen years after its formation.