If you’re a “city slicker” you probably have no idea what the “Big Five” in South Africa means…
It refers to the Big Five game animals in Africa: The Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant and Cape Buffalo. Tour operators have taken over the term for the top wild life you must see on an African safari.
When it comes to travel in South Africa, animals aren’t the only big time attraction. Below are “The Big Five” must play golf courses in South Africa:
Fancourt Links – Western Cape
Fancourt is South Africa’s number one links golf course and is known to be one of Gary Player’s greatest designs. It’s a true test of golf and by no means for the faint of heart. At 7,600 yards you better bring your long game off the tee. This course is one you will want to play over and over again. Thirty-six holes could be on the itinerary.
Leopard Creek Country Club – Kruger
If there’s any golf course in the world that captures the imagination and dreams of a golf traveler, it’s Leopard Creek. The course has a fantastic layout giving guests amazing views of the worlds largest animal reserve. Situated in Kruger National park on the banks of the Crocodille River, there’s a good chance you could see a baboon roaming around the green or one of the “Big Five” searching for their next meal.
Arabella Country Club – Western Cape
Located on the Western Cape, Arabella is one of the top golf courses on the “Garden Route”. Overlooking the Bot River Lagoon, this course has a amazing bunkers and green complexes and is often considered one of South Africa’s leading golf courses.
Pinnacle Point – Mossel Bay
Pinnacle Point is without a doubt one of the most dramatic golf course settings anywhere in the world. Very similar to Old Head in Ireland, Pinnacle Point has a number of holes perched on cliffs high above the beautiful blue ocean. This is a must play for all golf travel adventurers on the Western Cape.
Pearl Valley Golf Estate – Stellenbosch
There may not be any actual bears in South Africa, but that didn’t stop the “Golden Bear” from designing Pearl Valley Golf Estate, one of his best courses in the world on the Western Cape. Located in the Stellenbosch region, this area also has some of the finest wines in the world. As with all Jack Nicklaus golf courses, you must keep the ball in play as there are numerous water hazards and shrubland.
- Durban Country Club – Top 100 world ranking and host to many professional events
- Gary Player Country Club – Most recognizable course with Gary Player history
- Simola Golf Course – One of Garden Route’s most aesthetically pleasing golf course
- Pezula Golf Estate – Natural landscape of the Knysna Hills
- Erinvale Golf Club – Incredible wines and golf
Next time you’re planning a golf vacation, check out these must play “Big Five” golf courses in South Africa.