This week’s blog is a guide to seven of the best South African golf experiences. South Africa has frequently been labelled ‘a world in one country’, and it is hardly difficult to see how or why with its fantastic capital city and unique provinces with their own distinct cultures and characteristics. The Western Cape, home to the capital city Cape Town, is known for its wine vineyards and Boulders Beach. Alternatively, the Eastern Cape is home to some of the best golf courses in the country, including both the Fancourt and the Oubaai golf courses. To truly experience the all stunning scenery that South Africa has to offer, then golfers should head to either Mpumalanga or Kwa Zulu Natal. However, the Rovos Rail experience normally steals centre stage as it enables all golfers to experience the best highlights of South African golf and culture. Yet whatever golfers choose to do, they are guaranteed to have an unforgettable golf escape in one of the world’s most diverse and captivating countries.

The Rovos Rail is one of the most sought-after golf experiences with options ranging from 48 hours to 15 days, spanning across South Africa’s key areas in a golf safari. The train accommodates just 76 people, and the guest rooms range from a comfortable 76 square feet to the lavish Royal Suites that measure out to 172 square feet. This golf safari does not just provide players with an opportunity to play some of the country’s best golf courses, but they can also enjoy some of the country’s key sites and attractions, so it would be an unforgettable experience for even non-golfers. The Rovos Rail offers travellers the perfect mix of both golf and safari experiences, including the Addo Elephant Park, the famous KWV Brandy Distillery, and the stunning Kruger National Park. This golf safari truly provides a one in a lifetime experience, and it is without a doubt one of the best experiences that South Africa has to offer. The Rovos Rail is the perfect option for all those that want to experience the country’s best golf without missing any of the culture or beauty in between. It offers all of its guests a luxury golf holiday experience with impeccable service, fantastic facilities, and most importantly, unbeatable golf.

Another excellent option for an unforgettable golf experience in South Africa is the Fancourt Hotel, a five-star luxury golf hotel set in the heart of the Western Cape. There are just 115 guest rooms at the Fancourt Hotel, meaning guests can enjoy an intimate and personalised stay while they experience some of the country’s best golf. The Fancourt is one of the best-known golf hotels in South Africa due to its two fantastic golf courses located on-site, the Montagu and the Outeniqua. The Fancourt Hotel and its two golf courses are situated on the Garden Route, meaning its guests and golfers will never find themselves without stunning panoramic views of some of South Africa’s most stunning landscapes. Both of the Fancourt golf courses were designed by Gary Player, so players are guaranteed an unforgettable round of golf. Guests will never find themselves short of things to do, even when they are taking a break from challenging the fairways at the local golf courses. They can make the most out of the Fancourt’s setting in the centre of the Garden Route with day excursions to its best sites, or they can take a trip to the Knysna Waterfront, one of the most beautiful areas in the Garden Route. Or alternatively, guests can make the most out of the hotel’s luxurious facilities, including a fantastic spa area or the hotel’s four swimming pools.

Another fantastic hotel located in the Western Cape is the Arabella Hotel and Spa with its beautiful setting overlooking a neighbouring lagoon and the well-known Arabella golf course, one of the best ranking golf courses in South Africa. The final 18th hole at the Arabella golf course has even been voted the best closing whole in the country, so its impeccable quality never goes unnoticed. The Arabella Hotel and Spa is the perfect luxury hotel for all those looking to fully indulge in the five-star relaxation and enjoy a well-deserved golfing getaway. The hotel is home to an excellent spa facility with a huge range of treatments and massages to ensure that all guests have their most relaxing golf holiday yet. Other leisure facilities include a fully-equipped fitness centre, tennis courts and a large outdoor swimming pool area. Even for a five-star hotel, the guest rooms are particularly spacious with modern décor and a bright interior. If its guests can tear themselves away from the hotel’s fantastic facilities, then they can make the most out of the Western Cape’s main attractions, including wine tasting, great white shark watching and the local national parks.

Despite the Pearl Valley Hotel being a relatively new addition to the great collection of luxury hotels in the Western Cape, it has already earnt itself a fantastic reputation for a five-star golf hotel. The hotel is situated in the Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate which is also home to the prestigious Pearl Valley Golf Course, designed by the world-renowned golf architect Jack Nicklaus. The Pearl Valley Golf Course boasts a fantastic reputation, and its impeccable greens never go unnoticed; for three consecutive years, the golf course was awarded the Best Conditioned Golf Course in South Africa. Golfers can make the most out of the Pearl Valley’s stunning setting throughout their round here, as the holes wind through the neighbouring mountains, creating both an invigorating challenge and a beautiful landscape throughout. The hotel itself is set in the heart of three of best-known wine land routes in the Cape province, including Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, so a fantastic day excursion is never far from reach. Alternatively, the hotel offers its guests an excellent range of leisure facilities so they will never find themselves short of things to do, even if they do not fancy a round of golf. For a relaxing afternoon, guests can enjoy a cocktail in the sun around the outdoor swimming pool, or for the more active guest, they can take advantage of the 42 kilometres of mountain bike routes surrounding the hotel in the neighbouring vineyards.

Located just a forty-minute drive away from Cape Town in the heart of the Western Cape lies the Erinvale Estate Hotel. The hotel has just 57 guest rooms, meaning it is the perfect option for all those looking for great facilities with the perks of a boutique-style hotel. With a Gary Player-designed golf course on-site, an excellent spa facility and a great position located just a twenty-minute drive away from Stellenbosch, one of the most vibrant towns in the Western Cape, at the Erinvale Estate Hotel, guests are guaranteed an unforgettable stay. Guests here are in the perfect position to enjoy all of the fantastic experiences that the Western Cape has to offer, including olive picking, mountain biking, and of course, wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards. The guest rooms here offer its guests an unbeatably comfortable stay with modern décor and all of the amenities they could ever need. They are set around the hotel’s lush gardens and the courtyard with a large water fountain and a relaxing ambience. At the Erinvale Estate Hotel, players are guaranteed a relaxing stay so they are well rested to make the most out of the region’s best golf courses, including the Erinvale Golf Course. Players can enjoy a fantastically varied round of golf here with a contrasting front and back nine holes; the front nine are widely considered to be more challenging of the pair, but the back nine offers the best views across the False Bay.

The Western Cape is known for its beautiful beaches, huge nature parks and lush forests. At the five-star Oubaai Resort and Spa, guests are in the perfect position to make the most of all the Western Cape has to offer. The hotel is situated on the Garden Route which stretches from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean right up to the heights of the Outeniqua Mountains. With just one-hundred guest rooms, guests can enjoy a relaxing and personal stay to appreciate the resort’s impeccable service. There are 8 kilometres of hiking trails surrounding the resort, as well as a fitness centre, tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and an excellent spa centre, so guests will never find their days to have an empty itinerary. The resort is home to a signature restaurant, the Waterside Grill, with show cooking and al fresco dining on an outdoor terrace overlooking the neighbouring Oubaai Golf Club. The Oubaai Golf Club is home to a traditional links layout which boasts stunning views across the neighbouring Outeniqua Mountains. The Oubaai Golf Club is a consistent favourite amongst golfers in South Africa due to its forgiving landing areas and stunning backdrop views of the Indian Ocean. With a unique layout, a good mix of short and long par fours and threes and impeccable maintenance, it is fair to say that Ernie Els succeeded in creating one of the most sought-after golf courses in the whole of South Africa.

Last but not least is the Cascades at Sun City, a five-star resort situated in the Northern Province of South Africa. The Northern Province is known for the famous Sun City and the Kruger National Park, as well as some fantastic golf courses. Perfect for those with a nasty case of the winter blues, the Northern Province boasts the best climate with reliable warm weather and sunshine throughout the majority of the year. Furthermore, with some of the country’s best national parks, a golf holiday to the Northern Province of South Africa could easily be combined with a safari holiday to create a holiday of a lifetime. Out of the most popular five-star hotels, the Cascades at Sun City is the most suitable for families with a range of facilities and services for younger guests, as well as specialised family guest rooms. Its main outdoor swimming pool is set in a faux sandy beach area, and the hotel also has a fantastic range of restaurants so guests will never find themselves short of options for a relaxing evening meal. The hotel is conveniently located on the edge of the final 18th hole of the Gary Player Country Club, with a unique location next to an extinct volcano. With a classic parkland layout, beautiful views across the neighbouring Pilanesburg National Park and US PGA standard maintenance, it comes as no surprise that the Gary Player Country Club is consistently ranked in the Top 5 Golf Courses in South Africa.

Here at Golf Escapes, we have tailored a fantastic experiences package consisting of the best attractions of golf that South Africa has on offer. The package is 14 nights long with six rounds of golf at six of the best golf courses, including the Pearl Valley Golf Estates and the De Zalze Golf Estate. For an unforgettable golf escape set in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and South Africa’s famous Winelands, this package is an unbeatable option. South Africa truly has everything any golfer could ever wish for in a golf holiday; unbeatable golf courses, luxury hotels, stunning landscapes and rich history. The package’s grand finale includes seven nights in the five-star Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius, one of the most luxurious hotels we offer.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on seven of South Africa’s best experiences. All seven of these options provide all golfers with the perfect opportunity to enjoy a golf holiday of a lifetime in one of the world’s most diverse countries. With a variety of regions and provinces, South Africa truly has something for anyone and everyone. The main beauty with a golf holiday in South Africa is that there is so much more to it than golf; a golf break can easily be combined with a safari experience. If you are still finding yourself unpersuaded, then give us a call on 01342 811777, and we will do our best to change your mind.

This week’s blog is a guide to some of our best long-haul golf holidays which would be perfect for you to book now to enjoy this year. With a lack of vitamin D available right now in the UK, it is time to start thinking about where your next golf escape will be to and one of these brilliant hotels is the perfect retreat from the bad weather and into the sun…

First up we have the Arabella Hotel and Spa which boasts a fantastic location in the Cape Provinces overlooking a beautiful lagoon and surrounded by stunning lush landscape. The hotel boasts an excellent design where the classic elegance of old world style is mixed with the modern design trends and everything is very luxurious form the service to the spa to the dining options. Whilst you are here, spend time rejuvenating in the Arabella Spa which boasts everything you could need to feel completely relaxed including a sauna, a pool and an extensive list of beauty and massage treatments to choose from. If you are looking to be active, there is a fully-equipped gym and some tennis courts to play on and of course, there is the award-winning golf course onsite. After a day exploring the local area or relaxing within the hotel and playing a round of excellent golf, you can enjoy delicious cuisine and relaxing bars within the hotel that each boast stunning views. This is the perfect destination for your next golf break and it isn’t hard to see why…

Situated just six minutes’ walk from the longest stretch of white sandy beach in the stunning Belle Mare region of Mauritius is the five-star Long Beach Golf and Spa Resort. This hotel boasts excellent views and a stunning surrounding landscape comprising of a tropical lagoon with a beautiful coral landscape perfect for snorkelling and exploring! Whilst you are here, you can enjoy having three outdoor pools, an extensive spa as well as a modern fitness centre and other activities onsite including tennis, windsurfing and snorkelling in the lagoon. You are just 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Flacq and 30 minutes’ from the brilliant Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club and many of our packages include free golf transfers to both this course and Anahita Golf Course. Enjoy dining in one of the five restaurants which all serve delicious cuisine which has been created using fresh and seasonal ingredients before enjoying a post-dinner drink out on the terrace. This is a fantastically luxurious hotel with all of the amenities that you would want or need to have the perfect long haul golf escape.

The five-star Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort boasts an excellent location sat right on the trendy Leblon Beach in Rio’s South Zone. Whilst you are not spending time on this beautiful beach, you can relax around the pool area that has been newly designed and features a lush tropical landscape as well as a Jacuzzi which faces the brilliant ocean. Whilst you are not out playing golf or relaxing by the beach or pool, you can relax in the Shine Spa or workout in the fully-equipped gym. There are excellent dining options within the hotel as by the pool you can enjoy Casarao Restaurant where you can access a buffet at lunch but brilliant cuts of meat during dinner whilst enjoying a lovely, casual atmosphere. Alternatively, by the pool area, there is the Casa de Cachaca where you can get some great snacks and drink some classic cocktails. Within the hotel, there is the Bene Restaurant which serves delicious Italian cuisine and boasts a Dry Martini Bar and then, on the 26th floor, you can find L’Etoile which boasts panoramic views from the dining area and superb French food. With so much to do, see, eat and drink both at the hotel and within the local area, it is no surprise that we are highly recommending the Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort as your next golf break in 2018…

Last, but certainly not least, is Hyatt House Hotel which is located just five minutes’ walk from the beautiful Old Town Scottsdale. The hotel boasts a year-round outdoor swimming pool as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre for you to enjoy during your stay here. Each of the rooms is fully air-conditioned and spacious with both a seating area, dining area as well as a fully-fitted kitchen. There are other welcome amenities as well including a work desk, a and a flat-screen cable TV. There is a brilliant restaurant onsite and where you can be served breakfast, lunch and dinner but of course, as you are so close to the centre of Scottsdale, you can venture out to find many brilliant restaurants and bars to enjoy! There are many different golf courses in the local area which you can reach easily including: Talking Stick Golf Club, Las Sendas Golf Club, McCormick Ranch and McDowell Mountain. This is a great little hotel which boasts excellent facilities and the facilities for you to enjoy self-catering in your suites. Hyatt House Hotel is a brilliant destination for your next golf break to South Africa where you can find plenty of great golf, service and amenities.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and no matter where you are planning your next golf break to be, that you give us a call to see what we can offer you!

This week’s blog is a long haul special in which we will show you some of the brilliant hotels and experiences that there are to be had a little further afield than Europe. When you are thinking about booking your next golf break, it is worth considering what you can get for your money when travelling somewhere completely new and different and these hotels and experiences are definitely some of the ones to look at…

First up, in Dubai, is the Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City which is a stunning five-star hotel located on the Dubai Creek and just 20 minutes’ away from Dubai airport. Whilst staying here you will experience the ultimate luxury as the hotel offers so many fantastic amenities and facilities as well as beautifully decorated accommodation. Whilst you are not enjoying relaxing by the outdoor pool, in the gym or playing a round of golf at the superb Arabian Ranches Golf Club you can take advantage of the hotel’s great location being close to the Mall of the Emirates, Burj Khalifa and the Kite Beach. The hotel boasts 13 different restaurants so there really is something for everyone with each of the restaurants serving different cuisine from sushi to mezze boards to Brazilian. This is a beautifully designed hotel with so many local attractions including Creekside Park and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and is the perfect destination for your next luxury long haul golf break.

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is a stunning five-star resort set in the heart of Abu Dhabi which means that it boasts an excellent location within close distance of some of Abu Dhabi’s top attractions including the world-renowned beach, the Corniche. Whilst you are not out exploring the local attractions, you can spend time relaxing by one of the two outdoor pools or at the Heavenly Spa. The golf at the resort is as brilliant as the rest of the facilities as on-site you have a 27-hole Championship course and within close proximity of the resort you also have two other courses. Everything about this resort is luxurious including the rooms which are all open-plan and have floor-to-ceiling windows as well as private balconies. If you are looking for luxury and to travel to somewhere new with fantastic golf and plenty of things to do, see, eat and drink then this is the perfect place for your next golf holiday.

In the Dominican Republic is the lovely, five-star Casa de Campo Resort and Villas where you can enjoy a special and unrivalled golfing experience. This resort is considered to be one of the world’s leading golf resorts and it isn’t hard to see why with everything that it has to offer including no less than three excellent golf courses on-site as well as many different sporting facilities, a health spa, nightly entertainment and a private beach. Each of the rooms is furnished beautifully and boasts its own private balcony or terrace as well as a walk-in closet and a large flat-screen TV. There are many restaurants on-site and you can enjoy different cuisines and dishes from seafood to International dishes to Spanish cuisine. This is the ideal resort for you if you are looking for a busy and exciting golf break to the Dominican Republic where you can play a few different but equally brilliant golf courses.

Your next recommendation for a brilliant long haul golf holiday is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale where you can stay in spacious accommodation and enjoy all of the luxury facilities and amenities offered here. Whilst you are not out enjoying a round on one of the five brilliant golf courses which are easily accessible from the hotel, you can relax by one of the outdoor pools which each have hot tubs or exercise in the fitness centre. The guest suites have all been recently refurbished and boast everything that you could need including a kitchenette, free Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Old Town Scottsdale is on your doorstep whilst staying here and there is so much to do and see there including spas, shopping, dining and an abundance of nightlife. If you are looking for a great base to explore Old Town Scottsdale, play some great golf and stay in luxurious suites then this is the perfect place for you to choose for your next golf break.

Tamarina Boutique Hotel on the West Coast of Mauritius is a lovely four-star hotel which is situated next to its very own private beach and is surrounded by tropical lands. Tamarina Golf Club is a fantastic 18-hole championship course but there is so much to do besides play golf here including taking a visit to the Casela National Park, relaxing by one of the four outdoor pools or in the spa or you can enjoy the many sporting activities that are available at the hotel including quad biking and diving. Each of the rooms in the hotel are fully air-conditioned and all feature either a private balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy stunning views of the surroundings. Tamarina Boutique Hotel is a beautiful hotel from which you can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Mauritius and play some great golf at the same time making it a perfect destination for your next long haul golf holiday.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Shongololo Express which although is not a resort or hotel, can offer you something truly brilliant on your next golf break to South Africa. The Shongololo Express journeys from Pretoria to Cape Town, or vice versa, over 14 nights and offers you the chance to experience the very best of South Africa and travel in style whilst you do it. The train will stop off at many of the country’s top attractions and top golf courses including: Fancourt, Arabella and Leopard Creek. There is no better way to travel South Africa and get the chance to see everything that this country has to offer than on the Shongololo Express which makes this the perfect experience for your next long haul golf holiday.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next golf break you think about taking the opportunity to see somewhere new and exciting and experience an entirely different culture on a long haul trip.