SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTHERN COMFORT!

South Africa, a country of awe-inspiring, natural wonders, unrivalled wilderness, primitive splendour, abundant wildlife, a wonderfully welcoming people and exquisite golf!

A country that spans almost half a million square miles, five times the size of Great Britain, embracing rugged mountain ranges, the sunburnt grasslands of the Veld, the mellow charm of the subtropical Cape Province Winelands, the dramatic cliffs and enchanting beaches of the Garden Route and Natal Coast and lastly but certainly not least, the exhilarating big game parks, an experience not to be missed!

Known as the “Rainbow Nation”, a phrase coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to illustrate South Africa’s diverse cornucopia of cultures within its inhabitants, it is fascinating country with a marvelous climate, striking scenery, an extravaganza of delicious food and wines and don’t forget the glorious golf!

South Africa is not only culturally diverse, but also geographically, from the brutally arid Kalahari Dessert in the north, to the temperate vineyards of the southwest. Boasting 1,700 miles of coastline, it is the only nation that borders both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The country has 11 official languages with Afrikaans and a plethora of tribal tongues, but the lingua franca is English. Although direct flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg take approximately 12 hours from the UK there is only a two hour time difference and therefore no jet lag.

Originally colonised by Portugal, Britain ruled over vast swathes of the country for much of the 19th century until the 1930’s, Queen Elizabeth the Second only losing her title as Queen of South Africa in1961. Golf first came to South Africa in 1885 with the formation of the Royal Cape Town Golf Club by British servicemen and ex patriots. Today the country boasts in excess of 500 courses, most conveniently close to the major cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Since its early beginnings, South Africa has developed a rich heritage in the Royal and Ancient game through the exploits of its globetrotting golfing sons, the most famous being Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen to name but a few,

South Africa boasts golf courses to rival the world finest. Gary Player has left his legacy by creating some of his premier designs in his native land, as has Ernie Els. Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones are amongst the other eminent architects to have sprinkled their stardust over South Africa’s majestic collection of courses. But perhaps the most spectacular and dramatic designs are the creation of South Africa’s own doyen of design, Peter Matkovich, relatively unknown around the world simply because he has not yet designed a layout outside the African continent or Mauritius.

Voted “Golf Destination of the Year” in 2011 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) the options for golf holidays in South Africa are limitless, from pure golf or combining golf with a safari, surely the ultimate in golf holiday experiences! Lovers of the vine may be in their element with a golf and wine-lands tour, whilst a golf orientated train journey that will transport you back to the decadence of a bye-gone era will evoke magical moments. Like the country itself, the opportunities are diverse and infinite.

South Africa is no ordinary destination and golfing holidays there will definitely be anything but ordinary. A destination that conjures up an abundant palette of possibilities, once in a lifetime experiences everyday. Don’t leave it too long for your taste of…

SOUTHERN COMFORT!