Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa 2014

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Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa – 2014

Top 100 Golf Courses updates its South African rankings

Leopard Creek Golf ClubTop 100 Golf Courses has been ranking golf courses in South Africa since 2008, but in 2012 we extended the rankings from 50 to 100, this is therefore our second South African Top 100 iteration.

Last month we visited the Western Cape and experienced a number of courses along the Garden Route. Our feeling is that South Africa is hard done by in terms of the number of courses listed in World Top 100 ranking lists. We are likely to include more of the Rainbow Nation’s golf courses in our future World Top 100 charts.

As we said back in 2012, the Gary Player-designed course at Millvale Golf Estate keeps itself to itself, but things changed when the club hosted the 2013 and 2014 Investec Cup (won by Justin Walters and Trevor Fisher Jnr respectively). Millvale is our highest new entry, straight in at position 14 and while not many people will be lucky enough to walk these exclusive fairways, we can say that this unique golf facility is an entirely worthy highest new entry.

Gowrie Farm, Milnerton, Westlake and Magalies Park also debut for the first time in our South African hundred. Leopard Park, Crown Mines, ERPM, Goldfields West and Langebaan made way for the new entries and slip off the national list and onto our Best In Province rankings.

Fancourt (Montagu)With 170 South African courses on our ever-increasing shortlist, there is certainly room for plenty of future change. Producing a universally approved golf course ranking list is an impossible task, as the best golf course rankings are embedded in the head of each and every golfer. No doubt this latest list will raise a few eyebrows, but we make no apology for showcasing South Africa’s best golf courses because many are underrated and truly deserve wider recognition.

The Links course at Fancourt, which remains in 2nd place, is one example and a recent reviewer commented as follows: “The first thing to mention is that of the hundreds of courses that I have played around the world, The Links is an instant favourite and straight into my personal Top 5. Manufactured links courses normally at best can be called ‘links like’ – the Links at Fancourt breaks the mould and is good as many of the world greats in GB&I that set the standard.”

Arabella Golf ClubArabella Golf Club moves up two positions to 3rd… one reviewer posted as follows: “Gosh, this golf course is good. I've played at most of the Open courses, Pebble Beach and Valderrama, but Arabella is definitely in my top 5 courses for sheer fun.” Another reviewer concurred: “One of the most visually appealing courses I have ever played. Every hole has its own individual character and both nines conclude with truly spectacular stretches alongside the lagoon.”

This unique South African ranking list involved gathering, analysing and processing data from a multitude of sources. If you have an opinion and would like to help shape our future rankings please get in touch. If you’ve played any of our featured South African courses, we’ll be delighted to know what you think, so why not contribute now and post a course review or two?

Keith Baxter
Editor-in-Chief
www.top100golfcourses.com

2014

Course

Move

1

Leopard Creek

No change

2

Fancourt (Links)

No change

3

Arabella

Up 2

4

Blair Atholl

Down 1

5

Gary Player

Up 1

6

Fancourt (Montagu)

Up 6

7

Durban (Country Club)

Down 3

8

St Francis Links

Up 1

9

Pearl Valley

Down 2

10

Wild Coast Sun

Down 2

11

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

Down 1

12

Simola

Up 3

13

River Club

Up 1

14

Millvale

NEW

15

Pezula

Up 15

16

Elements

Down 5

17

Pinnacle Point

Up 2

18

Humewood

Down 2

19

Glendower

Down 6

20

Serengeti (Masai Mara)

Up 7

21

Oubaai

Up 10

22

Fancourt (Outeniqua)

Down 1

23

Erinvale

Down 5

24

Lost City

Up 8

25

East London

Down 5

26

Sishen

Down 4

27

Zimbali

Up 10

28

Pecanwood

Down 5

29

Champagne Sports

Down 5

30

Ebotse

Down 5

31

De Zalze

Down 5

32

George

Up 15

33

Cotswold Downs

No change

34

Kyalami

Up 5

35

Johannesburg (Woodmead)

Down 18

36

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (West)

Up 2

37

Eye of Africa

Up 7

38

Steenberg

Down 3

39

Prince's Grant

Down 11

40

Els Club - Copperleaf nee Gardener Ross

Down 6

41

Randpark (Firethorn)

Up 7

42

Durban (Beachwood)

Down 6

43

Zebula

No change

44

Bryanston

Down 2

45

Selborne

Up 16

46

Plettenberg Bay

Up 9

47

Fish River Sun

Down 2

48

Clovelly

Up 10

49

Euphoria

Up 51

50

Maccauvlei

Up 2

51

Kingswood

Down 1

52

Hermanus

Up 2

53

Silver Lakes

Up 11

54

Legend

Down 25

55

Houghton

Down 15

56

Parkview

Up 4

57

Mossel Bay

Up 13

58

Woodhill

Up 9

59

Irene

Up 10

60

Royal Cape

Down 1

61

Gowrie Farm

NEW

62

Milnerton

NEW

63

Randpark (Bushwillow)

Down 17

64

Wingate Park

Up 17

65

Vaal de Grace

Up 26

66

Modderfontein

Up 6

67

Nelspruit

Down 4

68

Umhlali

Up 12

69

Pretoria CC

Down 16

70

Hans Merensky

Down 13

71

Blue Valley

Up 13

72

Wanderers

Down 1

73

Krugersdorp

Down 8

74

Stellenbosch

Up 13

75

Roodepoort

Down 13

76

Kloof

Down 27

77

St Francis Bay

Up 8

78

Rustenburg

Up 8

79

Centurion

Up 13

80

Johannesburg (Rocklands)

Down 24

81

Killarney

Down 2

82

Glenvista

Up 8

83

Southbroom

Down 32

84

Victoria

Down 2

85

Westlake

NEW

86

Goose Valley

Down 12

87

Mount Edgecombe (No.1)

Down 10

88

King David

Down 10

89

Mount Edgecombe (No.2)

Down 23

90

Royal Durban

Down 15

91

Benoni

Down 3

92

Umdoni Park

Down 24

93

Parys

Down 20

94

Atlantic Beach

Up 1

95

Paarl

Down 12

96

Magalies Park

NEW

97

San Lameer

Down 56

98

Dainfern

Up 1

99

Orkney

Down 10

100

Knysna

Down 24


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