Royal Golf Clubs of South Africa Challenge
Southern Africa is home to some of the continent’s finest golf courses and this is perhaps not surprising considering that the region has also produced some of the World’s best professional golfers.
If you have ever wondered why the region punches so far above its weight in golfing terms - currently placed third overall among those countries with the most winners of golf’s Majors in the modern era - the golf courses these players developed their skills on is a key part of this recipe.
Among the great courses that dot the region, South Africa’s Royals are about as good as they get.
This Royal Challenge will allow you to pit your skills against South Africa’s iconic ‘Royals’, while the itinerary will take in some of the region’s key sights and features and provide you with the opportunity to turn the trip into a family vacation.
The Programme... Part 1
Day 1 to 3
Gauteng: Royal Johannesburg and Kensington (Royal J&K) Golf Club
The Challenge will start in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s most densely populated province and the country’s commercial and political hub.
The first round will be over the award-winning Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, which opens the first part of the tour and where the players will need to manage the ‘tricky’ and strategic demands of the West course and the true championship test of the East course. Royal East has hosted almost every top amateur event in the country and a host of the Sunshine Tour’s top professional events.
As a golf club, ‘Royal J&K’ as it is affectionately known by its members, epitomises all that is best in club hospitality from its warm and professional welcome and excellent golf facilities, through to the relaxed conviviality of its bar and restaurant areas.
The non-golf section of the programme provides an exciting ‘menu’ of parallel activities suitable for the whole family.
This can include visiting the restaurant and shopping areas Sandton City and Sandton Square – one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest malls and the opportunity to visit and explore the region’s more natural attractions.
Gauteng’s central location is perfect for ½ and full day access to a number of must-see places; the Pilanesburg National Park game viewing with road, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft transfer options.
The area also offers easy access for visits to areas of cultural significance and historic interest, the Voortrekker Monument, the Cradle of Humankind (a World Heritage site) and the ‘city’ of SOWETO as examples.
Arrival in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport | Transfer to Sandton and check into your hotel of residence | Introduction to the programme and welcome dinner
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Royal J&K West course | Non-golfer programme | Evening at leisure
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes and first round of the challenge at Royal J&K West course | Prize giving dinner
Durban - The Warmest Place To Be... Part 2
Day 4 to 5
KwaZulu-Natal - Royal Durban Golf Club
The Royal Challenge will then move on to Durban in KwaZulu Natal for the second round.
Durban is the major city on South Africa’s east coast and it is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in South Africa.
Royal Durban Golf Club will take on the duties as host club for this leg of the tour and is another venerable course which has hosted just about every significant golf event on South Africa’s calendar.
Royal Durban Golf Club was formed in 1892 before moving to its current location and ‘new’ layout, which was designed by one of the country’s great golf course architects, Bob Grimsdell, in 1932.
The golf challenges will now be very different from those found on the Highveld where the ball seems to want to fly forever!
Coastal winds can sweep across the course, which sits in the centre of a horse-racing track and this will demand a different set of skills to cope with the links style golf of Royal Durban’s layout.
For the non-golfer and aside from the obvious attractions of ‘miles and miles’ of Blue Flag beaches, the area provides the non-golfer with a variety of diversions.
These include uShaka Marine World, the historic Botanic Gardens which were opened in 1851 and the Umgeni River Bird Park, are just some of the more central attractions.
For those with a little more time to venture slightly further afield, then a day trip to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park will enable you to see elephant, lion and rhino.
A day tour to Shakaland will enable you to experience some of the culture of the Zulus up close and whose iconic chief Shaka-Zulu’s Impis were the scourge of both the British and Boer armies in the 19th century.
A full day out will also allow you to Giant's Castle, a World Heritage Site in the South African Drakensberg mountain range.
This 3km round trip hike takes you into the mountain's caves to see the Bushman cave paintings and will end with a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.
Breakfast at hotel of residence | Transfer to OR Tambo international Airport by road | Arrival at King Shaka International Airport Durban | Check into hotel of residence | Dinner and introduction to the programme section
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Royal Durban Golf Club | Non golfer programme | Evening at leisure
The Eastern Cape... Part 3
Day 6 to 7
Eastern Cape: Royal Port Alfred Golf Club
The tour will now move down to the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast which is one of South Africa’s better kept secrets.
Royal Port Alfred will play the host duties for the group in the penultimate leg of the Royal Tour.
Initially a 9 holes layout completed in 1907, the course was soon extended to 18 holes and by 1922 had received its Royal charter from George V.
It is a very welcoming club and ‘unpretentious’ by modern standards - no blue dyed water or green sand for the divots are to be found here and the whole feel is of a much gentler less mechanised era.
The non-golfer is also well catered for with ‘must sees’ being the Addo Elephant and Mountain Zebra National Parks and the beaches are stunning, so the lovers of sun and surf will have a great time.
Breakfast at hotel of residence | Transfer to Port Elizabeth | PM - Leisure | Welcome dinner
Breakfast at hotel of residence | AM - 18 holes at Royal Port Alfred Golf Club | Non-golfer programme | PM - transfer to Cape Town | Check into hotel of residence | Dinner, introduction to the programme and prize-giving
The Western Cape... Part 4
Day 8 to 11
Western Cape: Royal Cape Golf Club
For its final leg the Royal Tour will move down to Cape Town in the Western Cape and South Africa’s ‘mother city’ is also one of the World’s most visited cities and steeped with history.
Perhaps in rhythm with the city the Royal Cape GC might also lay claim to be the ‘mother golf club’ as it was formed in 1885, but was only to finally settle in its current location in 1905 and with the course known today being open for play in 1929.
The course has a parkland feel, but do not be fooled as it not completely protected from the coastal winds that can prove to be very challenging.
Royal Cape has hosted many top amateur events and professional tournaments including the South African Open on 10 occasions.
The Cape possesses a long menu of things to do, from a visit to Cape Point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet to a trip up, weather permitting, the city’s world-famous Table Mountain.
It would be fair to say that no trip to this region would be complete without a visit to one of Cape’s iconic wine farms.
However, if history and culture are your ‘thing’, then a visit to Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope and the Bo Kaap or District Six museums should satisfy this thirst.
For the nature lovers, you can go whale spotting in Heramanus, dive with great white sharks, or alternatively just while away a sunshine filled day on one of the peninsula’s fabulous beaches.
Cape Town (pic courtesy of TripAdvisor)
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - transfer to Cape Town and check into hotel of residence | At leisure
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Pearl Valley | Non golfer programme | Dinner and prize-giving
Each programme’s final budget is tailor made and determined by various factors including the number of guests, choice of venue, type of functions and activities, etc.
The Royals Golf Courses' Tour provides an ideal multipurpose holiday whatever the final composition of the participants’ golf ability levels.
The non-golfer programme options are extremely flexible, personalised, focused and cost effective, whilst providing golfers of all skill levels, with a unique opportunity to play on South Africa’s Royals golf courses, whilst taking in some of South Africa’s most popular wildlife and tourist attractions.
PS - younger family members are also very welcome!
For more information please contact: John Cockayne. Mobile: +27 (0) 73 896 7931 | Email: email@example.com