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PHOTO: Plettenberg Bay Country Club

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           The legendary golf courses in South Africa offer both interesting challenges and
           most have iconic views. Several are located at highly rated, award-winning resorts
           that are themselves a destination, and others offer wonderful experiences.
           Experienced players know that many courses are tucked away in unique locations in South
           Africa. There are courses along the sunny South Coast, along the scenic Garden Route, on
           pristine lands in Jozi, in remote areas like Sishen and, most famously, along the captivating
           Cape Town coastline. The South African golf regions welcome you with an opportunity to
           master the art of the unforgettable round.

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TO BOOK ONE OF THESE GEMS FOR SOME PRIME TIME:

ARABELLA GOLF CLUB                          someone as formidable as Gary Player,          contract his farsighted recommendations
WESTERN CAPE                                who has designed and been involved             on certain water features and ponds were
                                            in the construction of over 200 courses        also implemented.
Set in the majestic Kogelberg mountain      worldwide, is the brain child.                 	 This is no 'little seaside golf course',
range and bordered by the Bot Rivier        	 The course reflects Gary’s passion           all greens and bunkers are to USGA
Lagoon is the Arabella Golf Course with     (he openly admits that this course is the      specifications. All greens and fairways are
its tricky bunkers, immaculate Kikuyu       closest to his heart) and is characterised by  on automatic sprinkler systems – the result
fairways and inventive water hazards.       the natural elevation combined with the        is a golf course you will remember.
It is of little wonder that the course has  rolling hills and ravines sloping down to
consistently been ranked in SA’s top ten    the Crocodile River.                           SISHEN GOLF COURSE
courses.                                    	 The course was opened in 2007 to great       KATHU
	 Acclaimed designer, Peter Matkovich,      reviews around the globe and in 2009
is the creative mind behind this stunning   won the coveted Golf Digest New Course         Situated on the outskirts of the town of
course design and is the masterpiece. His   award.                                         Kathu in the Northern Cape Province, this
ideas created the legend that is the 18th                                                  is truly a unique setting in which to play
hole and the 8th hole, which is widely      PLETTENBERG BAY                                a round of golf - the course winds its way
known as one of the most beautiful par      COUNTRY CLUB                                   through a 500 hectare Camelthorn forest
five’s in the country.                      SOUTHERN CAPE                                  on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.
                                                                                           	 Built and maintained by Sishen Iron
BLAIR ATHOLL GOLF COURSE                    Rob O’Friell, Golf Course Architect            Ore mine and officially opened in 1979,
GAUTENG                                     “extraordinaire”, fresh from his successes     this is the last course designed by Robert
                                            at River Club and Royal Johannesburg           (Bob) Grimsdell, which he unfortunately
Blair Atholl Golf Course proudly sits       was given carte blanche to upgrade             could not see completed. Considering its
in its position as one of the top five      the design of greens and surrounds at          surroundings, its lush green fairways and
golf courses here in SA (Compleat           Plettenberg Bay Country Club. During the       greens have surprised many a visitor to
Golfer). It’s hardly surprising seeing as

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