Africa

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Covering around 20% of the entire land area on the planet, Africa is both the second largest and second most populous continent in the world. It’s bounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, measuring 5,000 miles from top to bottom and around 4,600 miles from west to east, between Cape Verde and Somalia. Despite an abundance of natural resources, Africa remains the poorest and most underdeveloped continent on the planet, with a large proportion of its one billion inhabitants living in abject poverty. For those poverty-stricken people, golf is unlikely to be part of any sporting experience they might encounter.

Football is easily the most popular sport in Africa with many millions of soccer-mad fans following the game and golf struggles to make its mark. Nevertheless, the North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt cater rather well for visiting players and new millennium designs from Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jnr and Greg Norman have certainly enhanced the golfing reputation of these nations. Similarly, two other golfing hotspots on the eastern side of the continent, namely Kenya and Mauritius, offer tourists a fine selection of mainly resort-style courses.

For real strength in depth, you’ll have to travel to the southern extremities of the continent, to the Rainbow Nation of South Africa, where we’ve featured the Top 100 golf courses in that country since 2012. To read our latest news release detailing the Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa, simply click the preceding link.


In Africa, forty-nine of the fifty-nine countries boast at least one golf course and the continent accommodates almost 900 golf facilities in total, with more than 90% of these available for public play. An R&A report entitled “Golf around the World 2019” terms Africa “golf's most under-developed continent,” where 56 new courses are being developed, 21 of which were under construction at the end of 2018. To see the full report, click this R&A link then download the free publication.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Africa

Durban (Country Club)

1st Africa Ranking

The Country Club course at Durban Country Club has played host to sixteen South African Opens, more than any other course in the land.

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Fancourt (Links)

2nd Africa Ranking

The Links course at Fancourt opened for play in November 2000 and it represents a unique and very tough South African golfing experience.

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Golf du Palais Royal d'Agadir

3rd Africa Ranking

A very private 18-holer that you'll not find listed in any Moroccan golf directory, Golf du Palais Royal d’Agadir is a Robert Trent Jones Snr design that lies within the heavily guarded ramparts of the Royal Palace...

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Humewood

4th Africa Ranking

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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Royal Dar Es Salam (Red)

5th Africa Ranking

Morocco’s King Hassan II – a real golf enthusiast – commissioned American-based architect Robert Trent Jones to design Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in the late 1960s on a massive 1,000-acre site...

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St Francis Links

6th Africa Ranking

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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Leopard Creek

7th Africa Ranking

Leopard Creek Country Club – the wild thing – is a course that’s in-tune with nature. Set on the edge of the Kruger National Park it's a cocktail of golf and safari.

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Michlifen

8th Africa Ranking

Situated close to the small mountain town of Ifrane, Michlifen Golf & Country Club sits at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level within the stunning Middle Atlas Mountain Region of Morocco, between Fez and Meknes.

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Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

9th Africa Ranking

The East course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington is famed for its fearsome start to the inward half, with back-to-back par fours over 500 yards in length at the 10th and 11th holes.

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Ile aux Cerfs

10th Africa Ranking

The course at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club (formerly known as Le Touessrok) is set on its own tropical island in the Indian Ocean and it's a prestigious IMG layout that bears Bernhard Langer's architectural stamp of approval.

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Africa Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Heinrich du Preez Courses Played 61
2 Stuart McLean Courses Played 57
= Hans Vierra Courses Played 57
4 Trevor King Courses Played 54
5 Neels Courses Played 51
6 Gideon Steyn Courses Played 50
7 Frikkie Bosman Courses Played 49
8 Dawie Strydom Courses Played 48
= Boela Pieterse Courses Played 48
= Derik van Greunen Courses Played 48