Trip Review: South Africa Escorted Golf Tour 2019 (Cape Town & George)
By Jacques Gous
We had a most enjoyable holiday…We had a most enjoyable holiday in South Africa. Our Professional Golfer organised and looked after our group excellently from the golf courses we played to the excellent restaurants we ate in and the places we visited. Thank you Jacques we looked forward to our next trip to Brazil.
This tour was attended by single travellers, couples and groups of golfers.
They got to know each other well while travelling with South African Golf Professional Jacques Gous where they enjoyed golf tuition from Jacques himself during this 10-night golfing holiday to the beautiful South Africa. Find out more about exploring the country with a true and proud South African below.
“Well another very successful South African Escorted Trip is over and may I use this opportunity to thank each and every person that joined me on this one, as you all contributed to making this, one of the best trips I have ever done. It was amazing and I am sure that I am speaking on behalf of everyone.” – Jacques
After meeting most of the group at the airport, myself and my driver Ikraam took everyone to the hotel in the Waterfront, Cape Town where they could check in. I left them to their own business for the afternoon to do what they felt was best and offered to those who want to join me and Ikraam in the Waterfront for a walk around and some lunch. Everyone had to meet me in the hotel main bar for 18:00 for a welcome drink and to give me the opportunity to introduce myself to the group and answer questions. After which we went for a lovely evening meal in the Waterfront.
After the flight the day before everyone had a good rest and could get up that morning at their own leisure with no rush to prepare for our first round of golf at Steenberg Golf Club. This was an amazing setting in the beautiful Tokai area which borders on Constantia, which is known as one of the oldest wine making areas in Cape Town. You were literary playing golf being surrounded by some of the most beautiful vineyards.
The golf course was a very enjoyable course and fair in a way that everyone could have a good time, but yet challenge themselves. After golf he enjoyed some drinks in the beautiful clubhouse and then left for our evening meal at a restaurant called Gold. This was a unique African experience, the food was great and the singing and dancing of the guys on stage had everyone’s attention.
This was the day of excursions and everyone was looking forward to it as it was packed with some really nice surprises and visits to some of the best spots around Cape Town. We started with a drive around Camps Bay and followed the road to Hout Bay for a quick stop in the harbour market.
We then hit the road and travelled along the ocean road past Chapman’s Peak and Kommetjie with views everyone could not believe. This took us to Simons Town where we then visited the Penguins. After visiting the Penguins we made our way to the wine lands and here we had lunch under a massive old oak tree in the estate called Morgenhof. The setting was superb and lunch was followed by a short wine tasting, which was most enjoyed by everyone.
We then made our way back to Cape Town and approaching Cape Town from Stellenbosch I noticed that the Table Mountain was completely clear and that there was no wind blowing in Cape Town. It was in the golden hour around five o clock in the afternoon and I made the decision that we should use the opportunity to go up the mountain and even see a sunset. Well i’m glad to report it was the right move and the views were spectacular! A sunset from Table Mountain and the views with Robben Island in the distance could not be any
better, we were very lucky to see this.
Okay, it was time for another game of golf and everyone was ready to get going. We headed back out of Cape Town, down the N1 and headed towards Paarl and after just 40 minutes we arrived at the very stunning Jack Nicklaus design course, Pear Valley. It started of a bit cloudy when we got there, but soon the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day with the most stunning views yet again.
I had the privilege to play with two of the loviest ladies I have met and both of them had a lovely time on the course asking me about their game and me handing out any advice that I could think would make a difference. They talked a lot about how much they had enjoyed the day which made me very happy.
We packed our bags and hit the road down to George and had a few stops on the way including a decent stop for some authentic South African lunch. Everyone could relax, sit back, sleep or listen to music of their choice, whilst taking in the scenery as we went along. We arrived in George and went straight to our next hotel where the check in process was complete in about 5 minutes flat. Great after a long
day on the road which allowed us some time to just sit outside enjoying the views of our next location. The evening meal was 5 minutes around the corner at a restaurant called 101Meade and this was my first, but definitely not the last visit to this majestic setting where the food was brilliant.
We drove to Knysna for an early morning visit with the elephants in a way that only a few have ever experienced before. The group got really up close and personal and the feeding went a treat.
The elephants were followed by a wonderful round of golf at Simola Golf Resort and Estate. This is yet another Jack Nicklaus design and you can tell by the amount of bunkers that you see on the photo. Great views from the course over the Knysna Lagoon made it worth it over and over. I also had the chance to give a short game clinic just before we started play and I believe it helped quite
a few people out.
Our evening meal was taken at Drydock in the Knysna Waterfront which is set on the Lagoon. The food was great and this is the place to enjoy oysters if you are a lover of them. We were all tired after the day and our driver Ikraam took us back to George whilst the whole group could
This was always going to be a very exciting day as we got ready to tackle the infamous yet spectacular Pinnacle Point Golf Course, that is described by many a South African as Pebble Beach on steroids. But before we went to play I took the whole group for a little shopping spree at
one of South Africa’s chains of shops called ‘The Pro Shop’. Everyone had a little spend and some walked away with some lovely things that you would never get in the UK.
Our evening meal was all the way back in George at The Old Townhouse and here Bryan and his staff looked after us again and the food was tops as usual. Thanks Bryan!
Nice leisurely morning for everyone and just chilling at the hotel before we make our way to the stunning Fancourt Resort, better known as the Augusta of South Africa. We were set to play the Outeniqua Course and of course there is the Montagu and Links to play as well. The course was in fantastic condition and everyone raved about this facility like never before. I made use of the great weather conditions to take some epic photos.
Our evening meal was only a walk around the corner to one of Fancourt’s 4 restaurants namely, La Cantina, and here we enjoyed a lovely meal together with lots of laughs and stories.
We all got up and looked forward to our game drive which was going to be a first for most on the trip. Before this, I was going to let them experience a bit of sun and sea at one of the most beautiful beaches on the South African coastline. And we of course squeezed a bit of lunch in as well. The food here was amazing and I took advantage of the amazing views and got my drone out to catch some aeriel shots of the team on the beach.
Our last day of the trip and even though we got up to a nice heavy downpour through the night, we still got to the golf course and enjoyed our last round at George Golf Club. This was one of those courses that you just could not miss off the itinerary, as it was one of the oldest and best kept courses in South Africa and this showed by the reaction of everyone who played it. They loved it and many wanted to play it again.
After golf we headed off to our last venue for the trip and had our evening meal in The Views Restaurant in Wilderness. This was a treat and everyone had a great meal with some lovely last stories about the trip and laughter to share with each other. I cannot wait to do this all over again.
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- Flights with British Airways including 23kg luggage plus golf clubs
- 4 nights in Cape Town staying at The Commodore Hotel
- 6 nights at the Protea Hotel King George
- 6 rounds of golf – Erinvale GC, Pearl Valley GC, George GC, Pinnacle Point and, the Montagu & Outeniqua Golf Courses at Fancourt
- All transport for entire journey
- Golf tuition with Jacques Gous
- Optional Excursions are available such as trip to the Table Mountain, Boulders Beach & Ostrich Farms
- Game Drive on Private Game Reserve available
- 5 meals are included
- This tour ran from the 26th February – 8th March 2019