By Jordan Fuller
As restrictions ease and the Covid-19 Pandemic begins to wane, golfers are looking forward to dusting off their golf bags and heading back to the course. For those looking for a truly superb golfing experience, Africa awaits. South Africa is home to a number of the world’s finest resorts offering both golf and safari experiences, as do the scenic courses along Mauritius’ stunning coastlines.
Combining a golfing vacation with a beach, or safari holiday is an easy task with over 800 courses on the continent. With choices from exclusive resort accommodations to spectacular courses with palm-lined beaches and exotic wildlife filling the deep rough.
Sun City Resort
The Gary Player Course at the Sun City Resort features an 18-hole, par 72 championship layout that is regularly ranked as the leading golf course in South Africa. The walking-only course serves as home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge and has played host to some of the finest golfers to play the game, from Tiger Woods to Jack Nicklaus and Ernie Els. The course measures at just over 7000 meters, making for one of the longest courses in the world, providing both a physical and mental challenge.
Also at the Sun City Resort, the Lost City Course is another Gary Player design that covers over 100 hectares with various themes, from a basic parkland design to desert and mountains. With an impressive 28,000 square meters of water features, there are plenty of challenges for even the finest of players. The most famous of the hazards rests on the 13th hole, which serves as home to Nile crocodiles.
Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club
Set apart from the mainland Shangri-La Mauritius Resort, the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole championship course designed by golfing legend and Masters Champion Bernhard Langer. The shimmering lagoon separates the island course to create a unique golfing experience that is only accessible by boat or helicopter, while the natural beauty of the volcanic outcrops, lakes, gullies and lush, rich vegetation offers breath-taking views of the seascape from every hole.
The Par 72 tract measures 7,115 yards from the back tees, with several holes running along the white beaches and sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The course is difficult with a host of hazards coming into play on 13 of the holes, including several volcanic rock outcroppings and mangrove swamps to test even the best player’s accuracy.
Zimbali Country Club
Just an hours’ drive from Durban along South Africa’s Indian Ocean Dolphin Coast, the Zimbali Country Club is an 18-hole, Tom Weiskopf design that is a popular choice for golfers from all parts of the world. The tract at Zimbali traverses within a coastal forest reserve on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, making its way through wetlands and woodland with substantial changes in elevation throughout.
The course features a variety of holes within a forest, while others provide players ample sea views to ensure a premier golfing experience for golfers of all skill levels. Ranked among the Top 25 courses in South Africa, the Par 72 course measures 6,524 meters from the back tees.
So whether the plans are to pack the swimsuit and sandals and head to the beach, or your favourite golf shirt and khakis, making your post-Pandemic excursion to a resort or course on the African Subcontinent is sure to be a winner.
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