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The Republic of South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, covering an area of 1¼ million square kilometres, with a population of around 60 million people. Bounded to the south by 2,800 kilometres of coastline along the South Atlantic and India Oceans, South Africa shares inland borders with five other nations (Botswana, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe) and it also surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho in the north east part of the country.

Sport plays a big part in South African culture, especially football, rugby union and cricket, with national teams participating successfully in all three games down the years. Organized golf goes back as far as any of these pursuits, to the late 19th century, during the 1892 Kimberly Exhibition when the local golf club organized a week-long South African Tournament for amateur players.

The SA Open followed on at Port Elizabeth in 1903, though a further twenty years would pass by before the PGA Match Play Championship was inaugurated at Royal Cape in 1923. The first women’s national amateur championship was played at King William’s Town in 1906 but the South African Women’s Open didn’t get going until 1988 at Germiston Country Club.

Brothers Jock Brews and Sid Brews dominated golf domestically between World War I and World War II, winning many of the national events and playing challenge matches across the country which captured the imagination of the public and did a great deal for the development of the game. After the Second World War, Bobby Locke made his mark internationally, winning the Open in Great Britain four times in nine years between 1949 and 1957.

This paved the way for other South African professionals to follow in his footsteps. Gary Player was the next person to win Major tournaments, claiming nine in total between 1959 and 1978, before Ernie Els and Retief Goosen also became multi-Major winners in Britain and the United States. Since then, Trevor Immelman, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have all joined the exclusive club of players to have savoured success in the four main golfing events that are staged every year.

Golf RSA is the unified body of the South African Golf Association (SAGA) and Womens Golf South Africa (WGSA) which administers amateur golf in the country, looking after the interests of around 465 golf clubs and 124,000 male, female and junior members. Formed in 1922, the Professional Golfers Association of South Africa represents approximately 750 men and women involved in the professional side of the game.

Our rankings of the Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa were last updated in April 2021. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South Africa

Durban (Country Club)

1st South 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 South 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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Humewood

3rd South 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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St Francis Links

4th South 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

5th South 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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Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

6th South 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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Glendower

7th South Africa Ranking

Formed back in 1935, the Glendower Golf Club engaged the services of Harry Colt’s associate, Charles Hugh Alison, to lay out an 18-hole parkland course in two loops of nine...

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Arabella

8th South Africa Ranking

Arabella Golf Club is set dramatically on the edge of Bot River Lagoon. This wetland is home to thousands of waterfowl, so keep your eyes peeled for the Blue Crane… this beautiful bird is even the Arabella club emblem.

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Millvale

9th South Africa Ranking

Few know much about the course at the ultra-private Millvale Golf Estate, which is located in the North West Province, near Koster and not far from Rustenburg.

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The River Club

10th South Africa Ranking

Founded in 1967, the River Club is an ultra-exclusive golf club often referred to as "the Augusta National of South Africa".

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South Africa Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Trevor King Courses Played 98
= Heinrich du Preez Courses Played 98
3 Gideon Steyn Courses Played 89
= Neels Courses Played 89
5 Frikkie Bosman Courses Played 83
6 Dawie Strydom Courses Played 81
= Louis Geldenhuys Courses Played 81
= Hans Vierra Courses Played 81
9 Les Coetzee Courses Played 79
= Stuart McLean Courses Played 79