Free State

Formerly known as Orange Free State, the Free State province – with tens of thousands of farms laid out on the relatively flat plains in the heart of the country – is known as the granary of South Africa. British Army Major Henry Douglas Warden founded Bloemfontein, the largest provincial city, in 1846 and it’s now home to a population of around a third of a million people.

The Free State and North Cape Golf Union is the governing body for amateur golfers who are in membership of the 37 clubs in the Free State province. Twenty-four of the courses are 9-hole layouts whilst the fairways at Kroonstad number ten in total. The course at Harrismith was laid out in 1887 therefore it claims to be the third oldest in the nation.

The best two courses in the province are new millennium offerings that lie within six miles of each other on either side of Parys, a small town located on the Vaal River, which forms the boundary with North West province. The 18-hole layout at Parys Golf & Country Estate debuted in 2007, shortly before the Nick Price-designed course at Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate opened for play.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Free State

Vaal de Grace

1st Free State - Best in Area

Nick Price’s course on the Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate is located on an island in the middle of the Vaal River. Most fairways are situated in the Free State but some lie across the boundary with North West province.

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Parys

2nd Free State - Best in Area

The new layout at Parys Golf and Country Estate was redesigned by Cobie Le Grange and DDV Design, opening in 2007. Laid out on the banks of the Vaal River, eleven of the holes bring water into play.

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Bloemfontein

3rd Free State - Best in Area

Golf in Bloemfontein dates back more than a century but the parkland course in play today at Bloemfontein Golf Club is a Bob Grimsdell layout that was later refashioned by the prolific Peter Matkovich and Dale Hayes.

Oppenheimer Park

4th Free State - Best in Area

Established in 1948, the course at Oppenheimer Park Golf Club is a Bob Grimsdell design that features water hazards on six of the holes.

Clarens

5th Free State - Best in Area

The Clarens Golf Estate sits in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains, on the fringe of the Golden Gate nature reserve, and its course is one of the golfing jewels of the Eastern Free State.