Wordtravels

Wordtravels

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That some golf tour operators are also safari operators should hint at some of the more unusual and exciting features of South African golf courses. Adventure sportsmen and golfers don't usually find much common ground but the Kruger National Park's course, Skukuza, balances the golf game with game viewing opportunities. At the country's best course, Leopard Creek, also in national park territory, wildlife such as giraffes and wildebeests grace the scenery. The most scenic, Cathedral Park, wraps around lush but rugged African landscape. Just make sure to be careful searching for a ball in the rough if you are golfing in the game reserves.

Apart from the natural allure, other highlights for those golfing in South Africa include the warm weather, cheap green fees, and the technical merits of the courses. Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban all have great courses with mountain or ocean scenery. Cape Town can mix golf vacations with other tourist attractions such as famous beaches, nightlife and nearby wine estates. A Jack Nicklaus signature course is playable nearby at Pearl Valley. From Johannesburg it is worth travelling to Sun City and staying in the spectacular palace-like resort. Less travelled, but perhaps making for the best golf vacations, are the courses along the Garden Route. Here hometown hero Ernie Els has a course design to his name.