Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa 2012

08 January 2012 Respond to this article

Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa 2012

8th January 2012

Top 100 Golf Courses extends its South African rankings

Top 100 Golf Courses (www.top100golfcourses.com), the most informed and dedicated ranking website, presents its 2012 golf course rankings for South Africa.

For 2012, Top 100 Golf Courses has extended its South African rankings by 50 new entries to a Top 100. We can't claim to be the first publication to rank South Africa's Top 100 golf courses but we are the first to showcase them all online with detailed independent articles for each course.

South Africa boasts around 450 golf courses serving approximately 150,000 registered golfers across the Rainbow Nation, so the new Top 100 represents approximately the top 20% of golf courses in the country.

South Africa's top golf courses have been assembled based on detailed research, which utilises a unique process (see the "About Us" page on the Top 100 website for more details). The result is the most authoritative ranking list of South Africa's greatest golf courses, but it's not perfect. There are a number of very exclusive South African facilities that are not only hard to access but also rather secretive. A little like England's Queenwood, the Gary Player-designed course at Millvale Golf Estate keeps itself to itself. We have no doubt that Millvale should feature in the South African course rankings, but we have insufficient experience of the luxury facility.

Legend Golf & Safari Resort - Extreme 19th holeIn the few years since we last ranked South Africa's courses, many new, high profile facilities have opened. The signature course at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort is larger than life. The 8,500-yard course is set in an enormous 50,000-acre estate where herds of giraffe, zebra and antelope roam free alongside fairways that weave though open grassland and dense bushveld in two large circuits of nine. Each hole has been assigned its own "signature designer", starting with Trevor Immelman at the 1st and ending with Retief Goosen at the 18th. This gargantuan 18-holer pales into near insignificance when compared to the gimmick that is the Extreme 19th – a par three played from the top of nearby Hanglip Peak, 470 yards above the level of a massive green that's contoured in the shape of the African continent.

Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf ResortAccording to Peter Matkovich – the architect behind one of our highest new entries, Pinnacle Point – this is: "The most dramatic golf course site I've ever encountered anywhere in the world!" The prolific Zimbabwean architect is also the man behind Zebula Golf Estate, Elements Private Golf Reserve and Ebotse Golf & Country Estate which are debutants in our new 2012 South African Top 100.

The Jack Nicklaus-designed St Francis Links is our second highest new entry, which offers as links-like a game of golf as you will experience anywhere on the continent of Africa. The Golden Bear's Masai Mara course at the Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate burst into the limelight in November 2011 when it hosted the South African Open (which Hennie Otto won) and it's another of our new entries.

Blair Atholl Golf EstateOur highest new entry is Gary Player's Blair Atholl, which measures a staggering 8,300 yards from the tips. Blair Atholl was Gary Player's home for almost a quarter of a century before developer Robbie Wray helped transform the property into a low-density residential estate with a championship golf course as its focal point.

This unique South African ranking list involved gathering, analysing and processing data from a multitude of sources. So, until a definitive description as to what constitutes a great golf course has been defined, the belief is that nobody does it better than Top 100 Golf Courses.

Feedback is genuinely welcome, in fact it's actively encouraged. So please tell us what you think about the latest list of Top South African Golf Courses. We won't ever claim to be "definitive" but we are the most "informed" golf course rankings in the business. If you've played any of our featured South African courses, we'd be delighted to know what you think, so why not contribute and post a course review or two?

Keith Baxter
Editor
www.top100golfcourses.com

Rank

Move

Course

1

No Change

Leopard Creek

2

Up 3

Fancourt (Links)

3

New Entry

Blair Atholl

4

Down 2

Durban (Country Club)

5

Down 1

Arabella

6

Down 3

Gary Player

7

Down 2

Pearl Valley

8

Down 2

Wild Coast Sun

9

New Entry

St Francis Links

10

Up 2

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

11

New Entry

Elements

12

Down 4

Fancourt (Montagu)

13

Down 6

Glendower

14

Down 4

River Club

15

Up 29

Simola

16

Down 5

Humewood

17

Up 1

Johannesburg (Woodmead)

18

Up 2

Erinvale

19

New Entry

Pinnacle Point

20

Up 3

East London

21

No Change

Fancourt (Outeniqua)

22

Up 4

Sishen

23

Down 10

Pecanwood

24

No Change

Champagne Sports

25

New Entry

Ebotse

26

Up 5

De Zalze

27

New Entry

Serengeti (Masai Mara)

28

Down 9

Prince's Grant

29

New Entry

Legend

30

Down 13

Pezula

31

Up 10

Oubaai

32

Down 17

Lost City

33

New Entry

Cotswold Downs

34

New Entry

Els Club - Copperleaf nee Gardener Ross

35

Up 2

Steenberg

36

Down 20

Durban (Beachwood)

37

New Entry

Zimbali

38

Up 4

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (West)

39

Down 9

Kyalami

40

Up 8

Houghton

41

Up 2

San Lameer

42

Down 3

Bryanston

43

New Entry

Zebula

44

New Entry

Eye of Africa

45

Down 18

Fish River Sun

46

Down 6

Randpark (Windsor Park)

47

Down 33

George

48

Down 20

Randpark (Randpark)

49

New Entry

Kloof

50

New Entry

Kingswood

51

Down 2

Southbroom

52

Down 23

Maccauvlei

53

Down 20

Pretoria

54

New Entry

Hermanus

55

Down 17

Plettenberg Bay

56

New Entry

Johannesburg (Rocklands)

57

Down 25

Hans Merensky

58

Down 11

Clovelly

59

Down 25

Royal Cape

60

New Entry

Parkview

61

Down 25

Selborne

62

Down 37

Roodepoort

63

New Entry

Nelspruit

64

Down 29

Silver Lakes

65

New Entry

Krugersdorp

66

New Entry

Mount Edgecombe (No.2)

67

New Entry

Woodhill

68

Down 22

Umdoni Park

69

New Entry

Irene

70

New Entry

Mossel Bay

71

Down 39

Wanderers

72

New Entry

Modderfontein

73

New Entry

Parys

74

New Entry

Goose Valley

75

New Entry

Royal Durban

76

New Entry

Knysna

77

New Entry

Mount Edgecombe (No.1)

78

New Entry

King David

79

New Entry

Killarney

80

New Entry

Umhlali

81

New Entry

Wingate Park

82

New Entry

Victoria

83

New Entry

Paarl

84

New Entry

Blue Valley

85

New Entry

St Francis Bay

86

New Entry

Rustenburg

87

New Entry

Stellenbosch

88

New Entry

Benoni

89

New Entry

Orkney

90

New Entry

Glenvista

91

New Entry

Vaal de Grace

92

Down 47

Centurion

93

New Entry

Crown Mines

94

New Entry

Leopard Park

95

Down 45

Atlantic Beach

96

New Entry

ERPM

97

New Entry

Goldfields West

98

New Entry

Langebaan

99

New Entry

Dainfern

100

New Entry

Euphoria


Click here to see the detailed South African Top 100 list.