Explore beautiful Garden Route and experience top-quality golfing in anything from 1 day to as many as you wish...
Should you wish to tour with one of South Africa’s Professional Players, currently playing on the Sunshine Tour, our own Steve Basson, we can arrange this at any course of your choice. Steve is available to play any course from 3 day's to as many as you wish. Please see our Golf Tours Home Page for more details on this South African Star!!!
Please note that itinerary’s can be tailor-made to your course preference. See below the Golf Courses available in the Garden Route.
Par:Stats 72 | Distance: 5,981m | Year Opened: 1991| Designer: Gary Player
The Fancourt Montagu Golf Course is nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountain in the heart of The Garden Route, in George, renowned throughout the world for its immense natural beauty and world class setting. This is an 18-hole parkland course is delightful with top of the range conditioning and a setting that takes in mountains, water and interesting wildlife.
THE COURSE The Fancourt Montagu course took shape under Master Golfer – Gary Player. A major rejuvenation has recently been completed at the Montagu with several holes redesigned and two completely new holes - the 1st and the 9th. These changes have made the course an even more rewarding experience, around 350m longer and thus creating a greater challenge. Although the course will play tougher, a set of five tee boxes has been introduced so that each golfer can decide at what level of toughness to play. The Fancourt Montagu is considered one of the best conditioned golf courses in South Africa and has been ranked as the top course in South Africa a few times. Play is restricted to members, their guests and resort guests, so there is ample time and space to savour the Fancourt golfing experience.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 5,996m | Year Opened: 1991| Designer: Gary Player
The Fancourt Outeniqua Golf Course as part of South Africa’s premier golfing destination lies at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountain in the heart of the world-famous Garden Route district. This beautifully manicured 18-hole parkland course is a course of rare distinction, similar to its sibling the Montagu course with top of the range conditioning and a setting that takes in mountains, water and wildlife.
THE COURSE This majestic 18-hole Parkland layout at Fancourt was designed by legendary Grand Slam golfer Gary Player. The Outeniqua course is similar to its sibling course The Montagu in terms of character, its challenging design and fine conditioning which will ensure an excellent test for all levels of golfers. As with all courses at Fancourt, there are a variety of tees from which to choose to play, ensuring that golfers are unlikely to ever feel overpowered by the course. Play is restricted to members, their guests and resort guests, so there is ample time and space to savour the Fancourt golfing experience.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 6,102m | Year Opened: 1931| Designer: Dr Charles Monteno Murray
The 17th is regarded as one of the best par 3’s in the world. Played from an elevated tee, this hole requires a long iron or fairway wood to a narrow green guarded by bunkers. The surrounding contours and flowers make this an exceptional hole.
Lying against the backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountain Range, this parkland layout has high quality kikuyu fairways that are green all year round. The greens have recently been upgraded and the course offers unparalleled natural beauty and is designed to challenge any golfer.
Situated along the picturesque Garden Route in the beautiful city of George, George Golf Club is consistently rated in the top ten courses in the country. In peak condition, many locals rate it as the best course in the Southern Cape. It is a challenging course but is unparalleled in its natural beauty which is enhanced by the flora and large dam which serves as a visual focus. It feels like the course has been hacked out of a forest, but the fairways are a generous width, thus only the wayward shots are being penalized.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 6048 | Year Opened: 1996| Designer: Gary Player Design co
Goose Valley Golf Club is a venue of excellence, situated in the heart of the Cape’s golfing mecca, "the Algarve of the Southern Hemisphere" – the Garden Route. Goose Valley is a world-class golf course set amongst indigenous trees and fynbos, with a variety of picturesque views to choose from. The course teems with wildlife - small buck, tortoises and spectacular bird life - due to the many holes which borders the Keurbooms River nature reserve.
Goose Valley Golf Course was planned and constructed on a sand dune with the purpose of ensuring excellent drainage and perfect playing conditions all year round, even after heavy rains on tees and greens. The Gans ("Goose") River which ambles through the Estate supplies abundant recycled water for irrigation purposes and add to the course’s sustainability. The course is a combination links and parklands course. It plays relatively short, but requires accuracy as the brutal rough, the high-walled pot bunkers, as well as the variety of water features provide challenges to golfers of all abilities. Goose Valley Golf Course is equally able to welcome the individual, the small group and the company golf day.
Nestled in the gentle embrace of the Outeniqua Mountains lies Kingswood Golf Course, a Sally Little signature course designed by Danie Obermeyer. Set in the beautiful town of George in the Garden Route, this course is utilizing the natural indigenous beauty of the area to surround undulating kikuyu fairways and perfectly manicured bent grass greens. All roughs are planted with indigenous grasses native to South Africa. The course draw inspiration from the Kingswood Golf Course in the UK.
Kingswood is not a very long course, hence the tough bunkering. The course is Parkland type, but has a strong links feel to it. There are a couple of very artistic and tough par 3’s as well as a few lengthy par 4’s. This hidden gem has the perfect blend of design, scenery, weather and challenge.
The par-five ninth hole is the most formidable at Knysna Golf Course, making it The Signature Hole. Although it only measures 435 metres, it channels through a wetland and golfers have to be wary of the reeds that flank both sides of the fairway The Knysna Golf course is probably the only golf course in South Africa which can boast holes below sea level. An interesting parkland layout which has been enhanced over the past ten years, it has some of the best bent grass greens in the Southern Cape. Although flat and easy to walk together with an attractive and potentially hazardous water feature as a backdrop, shapely and well manicured bunkers protecting the green, the The Knysna Golf Course still provides players of all levels with a good challenge.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 5,880m | Year Opened: 1957 / 2000| Designer: Robert Grimsdell / Danie Obermeyer
Mossel Bay Golf Club has recently been remodeled and upgraded receiving excellent reviews. The course is an easy walk and very playable from tee to green, with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Located on a peninsula, the kikuyu fairways and tees was carved out of virgin bush by Bob Grimsdell and later remodeled by Danie Obermeyer. The undulating greens are fast and guarded by pot bunkers and the odd Springbok.
The signature hole is the 3rd which is a par 4. At almost 400m this can be challenging especially when playing into the sea breeze. The tee is situated high above the fairway with magnificent vistas over the estate, and the hole runs downhill towards the green with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop. Well-placed bunkers on either side of the fairway will catch any wayward tee shot.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 5,666m | Year Opened: 2002| Designer: Ernie Els
The elements of a links course are well utilised with this design by Ernie Els, South Africa’s champion golfer. Veld grasses flank the immaculately manicured fairways and greens, while wind play a major role in the defenses of the course. Fairways are however generous while the greens are silky smooth and true. Walking the course offer you the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views of the Outeniqua mountains, Gwaing River Valley and Indian Ocean. The course boasts with five par 3’s and five par 5’s.
The signature hole is the par 3 17th. As with the famous 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, it’s short but can be very deceptive with the downhill elevation and coastal breeze.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 5987 | Year Opened: 2001| Designer: David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA
The area known as the East Heads has become the site of 18 spectacular championship holes of golf at Pezula and 250 hectares of well-planned residential properties and natural fynbos growth. The Pezula Golf Course is a “Scottish links-style" course with a similar look to that of Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands and Pebble beach on the Monterey coastline. Featuring cool-season grasses and five different tee placements to satisfy, challenge and reward all golfers. The varied coastal terrain offers a complete golfers' menu requiring a full range of shots with signature holes having been earmarked as the 13th and 14th.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 6,084m | Year Opened: 2006| Designer: Peter Matkovich
The estate features two secluded beaches and four kilometers of magnificent coastline. Located within four hundred hectares of fynbos and coastal milkwood thickets, Pinnacle point is an ecological treasure trove, certain to delight the nature enthusiast. Large tracts of the property remain undeveloped in order to protect this natural bounty and 120 hectares have been set aside for a nature reserve featuring nature trails, indigenous antelope and phenomenal birdlife
Pinnacle Point sensitively integrated with an eighteen hole championship golf course with dramatic Cliffside holes, co-designed by renowned golf architect Peter Matcovitch, and professional golfer Darren Clarke. The golf course stretches along four kilometers of spectacular coastline and over 1000 acres of unspoiled beachfront. The emerald green fairways and tees provide the perfect surface for superb shots and the bent grass greens will ensure a challenging and entertaining game.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 5926 | Year Opened: 1977| Designer: Robert Hawtree upgraded by Robert O'Friel
Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass provides golfers with an excellent playing surface on this park like golf course. All greens and fairways are on automatic sprinkler systems and the Plettenberg Bay Parkland Course has no intrusive houses or traffic noise - the result is a golf course you will remember despite intense competition from the beautiful white beaches and rolling surf.
The main attraction to Plettenberg Bay Golf Course, is the challenging layout built to USGA specifications making this everything but a “little seaside golf course” and is rated as one of the TOP 50 in South Africa. Set amongst the indigenous Flora the Plettenberg Bay Golf Course also attracts a large variety of bird life and small animals like antelope, bush pig etc. The site has become popular with the local bird-watching club and is home to a large colourful bird known as the Knysna Loerie (Taurco corythaix). Alien tree eradication plus the planting of indigenous trees creates a fine example of eco-sensitive management.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 6,095m | Year Opened: 2005| Designer: Jack Nicklaus
Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-inspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations. It's also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro's philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land. The course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery.
Set below the high ridges, it’s free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5's and five par 3's adds a new dimension to the game. It's par for the course that every hole boasts exceptional views; either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.
Stats Par: 72 | Distance: 6,154m | Year Opened: 2000| Designer: Gary Player
Fancourt owner Dr Hasso Plattner, together with legendary master Gary Player, commissioned a golf course that is a thorough test for every golfer, but also ranks among the top courses in the world. When playing The Links, it is difficult to believe that one is not in Scotland or Ireland, until one noticed the imposing Outeniqua mountain range that rises impressively in the background.
THE COURSE Created from a previously flat piece of land, over 700 000 cubic metres of earth was moved in transforming The Links at Fancourt from an airstrip into a typical Links style course. The course presents undulating windswept terrain and dune-style landscape - The result being an awe-inspiring course eliciting praise from some of the world’s finest golfers. Every hole has attention to detail ensuring overall balance in terms of length, position of hazards and shot values are in harmony. As a result, The Links presents a stern test in all weather conditions and bound to test the best golfer in every way. One of the extraordinary holes include the par-3 second, with its bunker in the heart of the enormous green. The Links at Fancourt is a private club, with play restricted to members and their invited guests. There are limited times available to guests staying at Fancourt’s hotel making bookings essential.