Cape Town is not home to a lot of the country’s best golf courses, however a few are highly rated, others just great fun to play. Highest in the rankings (number four in South Africa) is Arabella, which is situated on a residential estate about 20 km from Hermanus, South Africa’s big whale watching destination (season May to November). Arabella is about 90 minutes from Cape Town and is well worth a visit. It’s a beautiful course on the banks of the Bot River. If you’ve time to stay over, the Western Cape Hotel and Spa on the Estate is fabulous and then you’ll also get time to play Hermanus, also a very nice and interesting course. Alternatively, if you are planning to drive up from Cape Town to George, you could make Arabella a stop en route.
Not far behind Arabella is the Jack Nicklaus designed Pearl Valley course in Franschhoek, rated number five. Challenging though! Other good and interesting courses in Cape Town and the winelands are Erinvale, de Zalze, Clovelly, Stellenbosch, Atlantic Beach and Steenberg.
Cape Town itself is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and offers lots of attractions, apart from the dominating Table Mountain. The bustling Waterfront, Robben Island, the Bo Kaap (Malay Quarter), Camps Bay and Kirstenbosch Gardens are just a few places to visit. The winelands offer a wonderland of wine estates, interesting historic towns, and scenic beauty.