Cape Winelands, South Africa
The Cape Winelands, with its splendid mountain ranges, green and fertile valleys, historic towns and villages, gracious homesteads, orchards and vineyards heavy with fruit is a wonderful place to spend a few days of your holiday in South Africa. The natural beauty of the area really distinguishes the Western Cape's Winelands as a truly wonderful golfing region. Wine lovers from around the globe flock to this region to sample some of the best wines produced anywhere in the world.
Golf in Cape Winelands
This region is a must for any golfing holiday to South Africa as it boasts some of the best golf courses in South Africa. In the Winelands area, we include Hermanus which offers land based whale watching and great golf at the Arabella Golf Course, which hosts the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge. Another course which hosts major tournaments is the Erinvale Golf Course which offers golfers a championship layout and superb facilities. The views of the Winelands from the top of this golf course are spectacular and a golf cart is a must for the back nine. The distinguishing feature of golf in the Cape Winelands is the fact that most of the area surrounding the golf course is farm land. At Stellenbosch Golf Course you play your second on the 6th over the encroaching vineyard while at Erinvale, be sure to keep your eye peeled for the impala which live alongside the 7th fairway. Jack Nicklaus selected the winelands for his first signature course in South Africa called Pearl Valley.
Accommodation in Cape Winelands
Wake up to the sound of birds and open your window to the view of the vineyards. The country feel of the Cape Winelands makes staying a couple of days in the region a must. There are five star hotels, country hotels and luxury self-catering apartments, some situated on the golf course. The Western Cape Hotel and Spa is a hotel that golfers should not miss. Great accommodation, great food, great spa and great golf all in one; tell John Bumpstead - the golf director - that we sent you.
Sights in Cape Winelands
As its name implies, the winelands are dedicated to the production of wine and there are over 120 different farms on 4 different wine routes which you can explore. Why not spend one day on the wine route, one day on a brandy route, one day on a Champagne route? Top this all off with a visit to see the whales in Hermanus, between June and December. The possibilities are endless.