Africa is widely known for its exciting activities such as safaris or tribal village visits, but there is so much more to do there than just kick back on safari all day. For those looking for an opportunity to stretch their muscles and get a bit of sport in, the African continent is a perfect place to get some golfing in. With the variety of pristine African golf courses spread throughout the continent, there will be a course somewhere that will provide both the challenge and enjoyment you’re looking for.
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African Golf Course: Fancourt Links, South Africa
This gorgeous African golf course in the Western Cape is known for hosting some of the most elite players in the world. Roughly halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, this golf course and hotel is a perfect stopping point along with a favourite self-drive route on the southern coast of South Africa. Fancourt is home to three famous courses in one resort, all designed by Gary Player, and all were designed with the famous courses of Scotland and Ireland in mind. Home to the 2003 Presidents Cup competition, this series of courses hosts can challenge everyone from the beginner to the expert.
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African Golf Course: Lemuria, Seychelles
The Lemuria course in the Seychelles offers golfers a challenge but makes up for it with the beautiful layout, reminiscent of the long lost ancient world, Lemuria. Part of the beautiful luxury estate on Praslin Island, this course is also known as the only golf course in the Seychelles. The challenging palm-lined, sand encircled fairways provide a graded increase in difficulty to a top point overlooking the area, a true treat. Green fees for the course here are included in the price of the room when staying at the resort.
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This gorgeous resort is located about 180 miles southeast of Harare, set amid subtropical surroundings with USGA standard greens is regularly rated as one of the best golf courses in the world. With much of the course carved out of the foothills at the base of Leopard Rock, there is some elevation change prominent throughout this African golf course, adding to the variation. Green fees for this resort are only $30 for residents of the resort, or $40 for day visitors.
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Another fantastic course designed and developed by South African golf legend, Gary Player, this relatively new golf course is consistently rated number one in Morocco by “Golf Digest” magazine. The variety of different sets of tees allows the course to be played in a range of lengths, ideal for both beginners and advanced players. The course has several challenges, such as the strong Atlantic winds on the fully exposed course, but allows for a lot of admiration of the layout whilst playing. Green fees are $65 per day for outside visitors.
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This Golf & Country Club is situated on the outskirts of Namibia’s capital city and delights at every turn. Namibia isn’t often thought of as being a golfing destination, but with Windhoek, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This African golf course winds its way through the Namibian bushland and is rated as number one amongst the fifteen golf courses in the country. Green fees are $33 for visitors staying at the resort, and only slightly more for day visitors.
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A gorgeous course situated on its very own island on the east coast of Mauritius, this course is special in that it’s only accessible by boat or helicopter. Designed by Bernhard Langer, the layout of this particular course is a must-play for golf enthusiasts looking for a unique experience. A highly challenging course, integrating black volcanic rock outcrops throughout, mangrove swamps, and strategically placed sand traps and water hazards, this course provides excitement for experienced golfers searching for something a bit out of the ordinary. Green fees are included in the room rates for visitors to the resort, but carts are $32. For nonresident visitors in high season, the green fees can be upwards of $250, but includes carts and boat transfer.
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African Golf Course: Legend Golf and Safari Resort, South Africa
Designed in collaboration by five of the world’s best golfers, this signature course is located in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, an area providing enjoyable malaria-free ‘Big 5’ safari opportunities alongside the fantastic golfing. This African golf course also has perhaps the most thrilling hole in the world, the ‘Extreme 19th‘, accessible only by helicopter, is built on the gorgeous Hanglip Mountain. Another great mention on this course is the Tribute Course series of holes, modelled after world famous holes, including the well-known ‘Golden Bell’ at Augusta.
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This pristine African golf course with luxury 5-star accommodation has lush, springy fairways that wind through coffee farms and forests with a combination of both high and low terrain throughout. It also hosts some attractive water hazards in the form of dams and lakes. A great course for anyone looking to have a game or two whilst on holiday in Kenya.
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African Golf Course: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
This gorgeously located course designed by Tom Weiskopf is also home to a well-equipped, world-class spa. Activities on top of the golfing include deep-sea fishing and diving, and the surrounding forests make for fantastic hikes and bird-watching. Big 5 Safaris are also on offer, alongside Boer War battlefield tours. Signature haute-cuisine tops off the day in the well-decorated restaurant, making this an all-around five-star experience.
African Golf Course: Leopard Creek Country Club, South Africa
Perhaps Africa’s premier course, Leopard Creek is a few hours east of Johannesburg, near the border with Mozambique. Lakes and small streams have been diverted through the course for use as scenic views and golf strategy. With several courses running alongside the Crocodile River, this series of holes allows for some great potential wildlife viewing as you wind your way around this pristine course.