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Golf tournament getaways: South Africa


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Two Words: Golf Safari. Before you think miniature windmills, video games and petting zoos, take an educated guess. Lost? Imagine putting the same green as Gary Player, Rory Mcilroy and well, a full grown giraffe. Because Africa. Spectators and players alike, below is a guide to the best African Golf tournaments, courses and getaways. With a pinch and a punch of prestigious holiday adventure, of course.

Golf getaway | 01 BMW SA Open Championship

Forget saving the best for last, if you want nail biting excitement, our top African Golf Tournament is a more than worthy opener. Having just celebrated it’s 106th Birthday, the BMW SA Open Championship is not only the most revered, it is also the continents oldest golf tournament. This year saw Greame Storm walk away with the first prize trophy but that doesn’t mean Mcilroy didn’t give him a run for his money. The competition was close, palpable even. To top it off what’s a BMW golf tournament without a little Arnold-esque flex? Jaco Van Syl scooped up a brand new i8 for his hole in 1 and with contenders like Ernie Els and Brandon Stoneto, this is a must see in 2018.

Graeme Storm
Bmw Sa Open

Golf getaway | 02 Nedbank Golf Challenge

Without asking you to curb your enthusiasm, here’s a golf tournament you can still make. Set on the outskirts of the famous Sun City and hosted by none other than Gary Player, the Nedbank Golf Challenge is an equally and perhaps even greater contender. Said to be the only course worthy of the grand slam winner, Gary Player’s name, the course is a regular in the world’s top 100. It’s also been decorated as one of the world’s longest (8,000 yards) and richest golf tournaments, with prize money topping seven and a half million.

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"It’s also been decorated as one of the world’s longest (8,000 yards) and richest golf tournaments"

Gary Player Golf Tournament Getaways
Sun City

Golf getaway | 03 Alfred Dunhill Championship

A trip to Southern Africa is always met with one thing – an extended stay in Southern Africa. Not convinced? May we direct your attention to The Alfred Dunhill Championship. A 72-stroke, invitation only championship boasting 156 players and 18 holes daily. If that’s not reason enough to stick around, the golf tournament is held at the architectural masterpiece that is Leopard Creek. Which is pretty close to what the course backdrop will be. Bordering the Kruger National Park, be prepared to spot hippo, elephant, buffalo, crocodile and antelope.

"Bordering the Kruger National Park, be prepared to spot hippo, elephant, buffalo, crocodile and antelope."

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Golf getaway | 04 Hans Merensky Golf Course

Looking for something more relaxing that you can partake in? A wind-and-dine down at The Hans Merensky Spa and Resort gives you a chance to take golfing in the wild into your own hands. The 18 hole, Bob Grimsby Par 72 is championship worthy and was just voted South Africa’s best walking course. After a day or two on the course, head to the spa or an evening feast with the locals. The following morning, head out for a safari cruise on the Olifants River or half day trip to Amarula Lapa – home to South Africa’s most sought after, cream liqueur.Looking for something more relaxing that you can partake in? A wind-and-dine down at The Hans Merensky Spa and Resort gives you a chance to take golfing in the wild into your own hands. The 18 hole, Bob Grimsby Par 72 is championship worthy and was just voted South Africa’s best walking course. After a day or two on the course, head to the spa or an evening feast with the locals. The following morning, head out for a safari cruise on the Olifants River or half day trip to Amarula Lapa – home to South Africa’s most sought after, cream liqueur.

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Hans Merensky Golf Tournament Getaways

Golf getaway | 05 Legend Golf Resort

Finally, the Legend Golf Resort is just that: legendary. Home to the ‘World-in-One course’, the location boasts something extra special: Sa. This is hands down the best place to expel some of that golf tournament energy, get a pro-feel and attempt the infamous 19th hole. Godspeed Old Sport.

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Legend-Golf tournament getaway

"Finally, the Legend Golf Resort is just that: legendary."

Joey Cameron
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Joseph Cameron

NYC based, South African transplant, Joey Cameron, is a freelance writer, travel-nerd, natural food enthusiast, personal trainer and brand owner. Characterised by an insatiable hunger for passport stamps and a somewhat strange (non)sense of humour, he can found regularly scanning the skies for ways to up, up and getaway.


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