South Africa

The term “Rainbow Nation” was coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-1994 South Africa when apartheid rule officially ended. We’re now two decades on from the troubles and it’s brilliant to see this remarkable country blossom year on year. Long may it continue.

According to the South African Golf Association, there are more than 450 affiliated golf clubs serving more than 125,000 golfers. Surprisingly, the growth in the number of courses has remained relatively static over the last few years. Most new courses tend to be of the residential type and the recent majority have been built in the Western Cape.

In 2012, we extended our South African golf course rankings to a Top 100. To read our latest 2016 news release detailing the Top 100 Golf Courses of South Africa, simply click the preceding link or scroll down to see the current list.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South Africa

Fancourt (Links)

1st 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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Durban (Country Club)

2nd 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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Gary Player

3rd South Africa Ranking

The Gary Player Country Club is perhaps South Africa’s most famous course thanks to the “Million Dollar Golf Challenge”. Naturally the “Black Knight” designed it and it’s one of the longest courses in the country...

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Leopard Creek

4th 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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Fancourt (Montagu)

5th South Africa Ranking

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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St Francis Links

6th 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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Humewood

7th 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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Arabella

8th South Africa Ranking

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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Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

9th 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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Millvale

10th 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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