SOUTH AFRICA GOLF HOLIDAY:
Day 1: Arrive Cape Town
On your arrival, our warm and friendly South Africa welcome awaits you! Our expert Guest Service Officer is ready to assist and guide you through the airport to your waiting vehicle that will be transporting you to your Cape Town accommodation, Steenberg Hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you’ll have had the pleasure of visiting. Known fondly as the Mother City, Cape Town has everything for the curious traveller who enjoys the good life in all its colours and guises. From exquisite wine farms in magnificent green settings, to a long and captivating history and architecture, there’ll be little doubt in your mind why it’s voted one of the world’s finest cities to visit.
Day 2: Cape Town – Day at Leisure
Mother Nature surpassed herself when crafting the Mother City. Whether jogging along Sea Point Promenade, climbing up Lion’s Head in the dawn light, clambering over giant boulders at Sandy Bay or driving the amazing coastal roads down to Cape Point, you never fail to feel your spirits soar as you take in the breathtakingly beautiful vistas. You don’t need to break a sweat; sipping wine on a historic farm in Constantia or enjoying a picnic at an outdoor concert in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are equally memorable ways to commune with Cape Town’s great outdoors. Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Winelands destinations such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Steenberg Golf Course:
The golf course – consistently named one of the best conditioned courses in South Africa Golf Digest’s annual Top 100 – attracts golfers seeking a total golfing experience. Known for its hybrid plan, it offers traditionalists the opportunity to ‘bump and run’ (a rare shot in South Africa) in the rough around the greens, and to meet the challenges of strategically placed sand pits and waterways.
The par-three, not-so-short 14th hole, features the largest green in Africa at 76 meters in length. Indigenous shrubs guard the green and the mound has been shaped to echo the distinctive mountain range behind.
The 18-hole golf course was designed to make full use of natural features and hazards such as the vineyards, pine forest and gentle waterways. Its environmental diversity gives the course its unique character
Day 3: Half Day Cape Town City Tour
Take a cable car to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, (Own account & weather permitting) with views of the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa. We drive to Camps Bay, an affluent oceanside suburb of Cape Town, boasting a magnificent white sandy beach and once the hunting ground of Lord Charles Somerset.
Wind your way along through Clifton, an exclusive residential area, home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa before meandering through Sea Point, the first ‘commuter suburb’ of Cape Town and now a recognized Orthodox Jewish community.
En route we’ll see the sweeping silhouette of the Cape Town Stadium before passing down Adderley Street considered the main street of the central business district. The City Hall located on the Grand Parade is next up. Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from the balcony of Cape Town City Hall.
Drive past the Castle of Good Hope, a Provisional Heritage Site. The Castle of Good Hope was originally built as a maritime replenishment station and is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa! We’re passing Charly’s Bakery, home of Charly’s Cake Angels, stars of the Food Network Show before hearing a brief history of District Six en-route to a visit at the Company Gardens. The public section of the garden is enjoyed for its sheer floral beauty as well as its historical setting. It’s bordered by numerous landmarks including the Slave Lodge, present day Houses of Parliament and St George’s Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican church in South Africa.
We hear about Greenmarket Square, the location for the well that was once the town’s main water supply during summer months when streams from Table Mountain dried up, before a visit to the Noon Gun where we witness the historic time signal and learn more about the history of the Bo-Kaap and its people as we move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes.
Our final stop. A jewellery showroom where we meet a master diamond cutter and witness the process of cutting and polishing a diamond. You may even witness the rare opportunity of pouring of a gold bar!
Day 4 – 5: Cape Town – Hermanus
This morning after a sumptuous breakfast you will be transferred overland to the beautiful coastal town of Hermanus where you will be spending the next two nights. Hermanus is rich in breathtaking scenery; with its unparalleled scenic beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options, it is no wonder that Hermanus is transformed into a bustling hubbub of activity in-season as well as out-of-season. For any intrepid tourist or appreciator of nature’s wonders, Hermanus is the ideal location for an unforgettable experience.
Arabella Golf Course:
The Arabella Country Estate is home to one of the top ranked golf courses in South Africa, with pristine grass, tricky sand traps and challenging water hazards on the golf estate. The Arabella golf course was recently voted the 5th best golf course in South Africa. The Arabella Golf Club is a beautiful private golf estate, surrounded by the scenic Kogelberg Mountains. The golf course staggers along the Bot River Lagoon, with incredible views of Arabella’s own gardens, manicured lawns and sculpted botanical life.
Day 6 – 7: Hermanus – George
Get in some extra sleep this morning before going down for breakfast and enjoying the variety of breakfast assortments. Check out of your hotel before being transferred overland to George where you will be spending another two nights. Nestling at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, George finds itself at the centre of natures “Garden Route” in the Cape Wildflower Floral Kingdom. Situated approximately 430 kilometres from the Mother City of Cape Town, George is widely regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region. It is therefore the ideal base from which to explore the Southern Cape and Little Karoo. A good road network and the George airport link the Southern Cape and Little Karoo hinterland to the major centres of South Africa.
Fancourt Montagu Golf Course:
Montagu, named after the Montagu pass was originally designed by Gary Player and is a much celebrated parkland course and has been ranked as the number-one golf course in South Africa in the past and is currently ranked as No. 6 (Golf Digest Rankings 2014). The exquisitely conditioned Montagu is at the heart of Fancourt, with its glorious parkland layout, covering large tracts of varying terrain on rolling land. Its beauty is enhanced by mature trees, flower beds, shrubs and water hazards that provide a colourful contrast to the landscape.
Fancourt Oteniqua Golf Course:
Outeniqua, named after the mountain range that overlooks the area has a different look than the Montagu, so they complement each other perfectly as varying playing experiences. The Outeniqua is regarded as the easier course of the two, being more open in appearance, yet it has its share of challenges and risk-and-reward moments. Water hazards or streams come into play on as many as 11 of the holes, including 4 of the last 5. The warm-up area, featuring a full-length range and a chipping and bunker practice area, is available to all golfers before play.
Fancourt The Links Golf Course:
The Links at Fancourt was added in 2000, an awe-inspiring example of magnificent design and golf-course construction, about which designer Gary Player says: “I feel a genuine affinity for Fancourt having been involved from day one as a designer of the original golf courses, I experienced one of the greatest thrills of my golf career here when captaining the International Presidents Cup team against Jack Nicklaus’ American team, and it is the home of perhaps my greatest achievement as a golf course designer, The Links.” The Links at Fancourt is without doubt the most impressive piece of golf design and construction ever in South Africa. Fancourt owner Dr Hasso Plattner, who took a very hands-on approach in the creation thereof, commissioned a golf course, which would not only be a thorough test for every golfer, but would also rank among the top courses in the world.
Player’s design team spent months studying the classic links courses of Scotland and Ireland and then, armed with inspiration from the best that those countries had to offer, embarked on the ambitious task of recreating some of their finest holes to make a genuine links test on what was once an airfield.
Day 8: Depart George
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to George Airport for your onward journey home.
The Steenberg Hotel:
• Complimentary transfer services to local Restaurants and Shopping Centers within a 5 km radius of the hotel. (Include Buitenverwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Greenhouse Restaurant, Alphen, Contantia Village, Blue Route Mall)
• Complimentary Shuttle service by road to the V&A Waterfront daily. Depart Steenberg Hotel at 10h00am and 15h00pm daily. Return from Waterfront.
• Complimentary Wine tasting and Cellar tour at Steenberg Vineyards. (Subject to winery hours) Advisable to book in advance.
• Preferential tee-off times and discounted green fees for Hotel guests at the Steenberg Golf Club
• Complimentary arrival drink for each guest (Glass of bubbles or mineral water)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in all Public Areas and rooms.