Western Cape

The Western Cape province in the south west of South Africa covers an area of 50,000 square miles and its population amounts to around five and a quarter million people. It shares two land borders with Northern Cape and Eastern Cape whilst its southern and western boundaries are formed by the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Cape Town, the provincial capital, occupies a stunning location at the foot of Table Mountain and it’s easy to see why this vibrant city ranks as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Amateur golf in the Western Cape is governed by three different bodies: Western Province Golf Union (14,000 golfers in 21 clubs), Southern Cape Golf Union (6,000 members in 21 clubs) and Boland Golf Union, which has around 12,000 members in 42 clubs. Each of these independent authorities is in turn affiliated to the South African Golf Association in Johannesburg.

Peter Matkovich is South Africa’s most prolific modern golf course architect and a number of his designs feature prominently in the regional rankings for Western Cape: Arabella made a stunning debut at the end of the 1990s and a couple of new millennium tracks – Pinnacle Point and De Zalze – have also attracted high praise. Gary Player’s 54-hole complex at Fancourt is easily the best golf resort in the country with the Links, Montagu and Outeniqua courses consistently ranked in the upper echelons of the national golf course ratings.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Western Cape

Fancourt (Links)

1st Western Cape - Best in Area

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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Description: The Links course at Fancourt opened for play in November 2000 and it represents a unique and very tough South African golfing experience. Rating: 6 out of 6

Fancourt (Montagu)

2nd Western Cape - Best in Area

The 18-hole Montagu parkland layout is the original course at Fancourt (from an initial 27-hole design), which was upgraded in 2005 when new 1st and 9th holes were introduced.

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Description: The 18-hole Montagu parkland layout is the original course at Fancourt (from an initial 27-hole design), which was upgraded in 2005 when new 1st and 9th holes were introduced. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Arabella

3rd Western Cape - Best in Area

Arabella Golf Club is set dramatically on edge of the 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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Description: Arabella Golf Club is set dramatically on edge of the 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. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Pearl Valley

4th Western Cape - Best in Area

Laid out within a 500-acre residential estate in the Cape Winelands, Pearl Valley is one of the most visually pleasing golf courses imaginable...

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Description: Laid out within a 500-acre residential estate in the Cape Winelands, Pearl Valley is one of the most visually pleasing golf courses imaginable... Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Simola

5th Western Cape - Best in Area

The Jack Nicklaus designed Simola opened in 2005 – only the third Golden Bear signature course in South Africa – and it sits majestically on a wooded landscape overlooking the Knysna River...

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Description: The Jack Nicklaus designed Simola opened in 2005 – only the third Golden Bear signature course in South Africa – and it sits majestically on a wooded landscape overlooking the Knysna River... Rating: 5 out of 6

Pezula

6th Western Cape - Best in Area

The fairways at Pezula – meaning “high up with the gods” – are part and parcel of a sizeable residential estate laid out on a commanding headland at Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route...

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Description: The fairways at Pezula – meaning “high up with the gods” – are part and parcel of a sizeable residential estate laid out on a commanding headland at Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route... Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Fancourt (Outeniqua)

7th Western Cape - Best in Area

The Outeniqua (meaning “land of milk and honey”) parkland layout has a number of fairways bounded by white-walled, thatched roof villas, adding character and colour to the surroundings.

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Description: The Outeniqua (meaning “land of milk and honey”) parkland layout has a number of fairways bounded by white-walled, thatched roof villas, adding character and colour to the surroundings. Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Erinvale

8th Western Cape - Best in Area

Erinvale was one of the earliest residential estate courses in South Africa to open back in 1995 and it made an immediate world wide impact the following year when it hosted the World Cup of Golf...

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Pinnacle Point

9th Western Cape - Best in Area

According to Peter Matkovich – the architect behind Pinnacle Point – this is: "The most dramatic golf course site I've ever encountered anywhere in the world!"

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Description: According to Peter Matkovich – the architect behind Pinnacle Point – this is: "The most dramatic golf course site I've ever encountered anywhere in the world!" Rating: 5 out of 6

George

10th Western Cape - Best in Area

George Golf Club members have played on the same site for more than 85 years so it’s little wonder George is sometimes referred to – by Fancourt visitors in particular – as “the Old Course.”

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Description: George Golf Club members have played on the same site for more than 85 years so it’s little wonder George is sometimes referred to – by Fancourt visitors in particular – as “the Old Course.” Rating: 5.5 out of 6