These are the 5 best golf courses in South Africa

 ·26 Aug 2023

South Africa has half of the best golf courses in Africa, with the rich flocking to the sport as a pastime.

According to New World Wealth, despite the popularity of golf dipping over the past decade among centi-millionaires – those worth $100 million (R1.8 billion), it is still the most popular for ultra-wealthy, followed by art and cycling.

54% of the world’s 25,490 centi-millionaires play golf, compared to the 28% who collect art and the 20% who cycle.

New World Wealth has thus ranked the best golf courses in Africa based on the following criteria:

  • Appeal to wealthy golfers.
  • Location, views, nature and scenery.
  • Memorability of the course.
  • Condition and maintenance of the course.
  • Clubhouse, change rooms and halfway house facilities.

From this, New World Wealth has stated the ten best golf courses are as follows(listed in alphabetical order):

  • Baobab Course at Vipingo Ridge – Kenya.
  • Fancourt Links – South Africa.
  • Heritage Golf Club – Mauritius.
  • Highland Gate – South Africa.
  • Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club – Mauritius.
  • Lemuria Golf Course – Seychelles.
  • Leopard Creek – South Africa.
  • Steyn City – South Africa.
  • Tazegzout – Morocco.
  • Zimbali – South Africa.

Globally, the most popular golf courses for centi-millionaires are Cypress Point in the USA, St Andrews in Scotland, Tara Iti in New Zealand, Royal Melbourne in Australia, and Hirono in Japan.

The five courses in South Africa named in the top 10 can be found below:

Fancourt Links

The Fancourt Links is an attractive golf course situated on the Fancourt Estate near George, Western Cape, and it is best known for hosting the highly popular 2003 Presidents Cup.

New World Wealth said that it is a challenging course to play, with deep bunkers, long grass rough, and brutal winds.

Highland Gate

Highland Gate Golf Course is near Dullstroom in the Steenkampsberg mountain range.

The course is highly picturesque due to its mountainous surroundings.

“The clear mountain streams around the course are something special, as are the evergreen fairways,” New World Wealth said.

Highland Gate

Steyn City

Steyn City Golf Course in Johannesburg is noted as being exceptionally well kept, with the fairways, dams and greens there always seeming to be in near-perfect condition.

The clubhouse, change rooms and scenery have been seen as world-class.

Leopard Creek

Leopard Creek is extremely popular with affluent golfers.

It is located next to the Kruger National Park and overlooks the Crocodile River.


New World Wealth said that Zimbai is the best premier golfing destination in KwaZulu-Natal.

The coastal forest and vegetation of the course have been noted as extremely impressive, while the estate is seen as a bird lover’s paradise as it is home to the rare Crowned Eagle – one of Africa’s Big 3 Eagles.

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