Africa, in particular South Africa and Mauritius, have great golf courses coupled with a year-round golfing climate. Ever considered a golf tour with your friends and/or family? How about a company incentive golf package? Or fancy taking a family holiday and being able to experience golf in Africa?
You choose if you want to do a self-drive golf tour. Or have the convenience and expertise of an experienced driver / guide on a fully-escorted golf tour.
South Africa Golf
South Africa is the obvious choice due to the number and quality of courses found here – over 500 golf courses.
The Western Cape’s (Cape Town and most of the Garden Route) main golf season is during the summer months; from November to April. The courses are lush and green all year round and most are very scenic, surrounded by mountains and beautiful beaches. Watch out for the wind, which adds to the challenge.
KwaZulu Natal has mild winters (May to September), which makes it a golfers’ paradise. Some of Southern Africa’s top courses are found in this region. Zimbali, Wild Coast, Beachwood, Durban Country Club, Princes Grant, and Champagne Sports Resort golf courses are ranked in the top 30 courses in South Africa.
The most famous golf courses in South Africa are probably the Fancourt Country Club Estate in George (four courses); on the Garden Route and the Sun City complex; which comprises the Lost City Golf Course & the Gary Player Country Club (where the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge is held).
With all that Southern Africa has to offer; it is easy to combine this into any type of holiday you wish. How about including a safari or spending a few days relaxing on the beautiful beaches; the choices are limitless.
Mauritius offers some great 18-hole golf courses. Play golf on a beautiful island surrounded by beaches; heavenly enjoyment for your golf tour, incentive package, or family holiday. Mauritius has a long golf history. In fact, it was the third country to introduce golf after the UK and India.
Some of the 18-hole golf courses in Mauritius are:
The Anahita Golf Course, (North) East Coast
Set between land and sea, on the east coast of Mauritius; this challenging 18-hole golf course par-72 championship has large fairways and six different tee-off options. Designed by Ernie Els and built to USGA standards; the six stunning oceanfront holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world.
Ile aux Cerfs Golf Course
Designed by the famous golf champion, Bernhard Langer; Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club is a 19 hole golf course that lies on the east coast of Mauritius. The island golf course is reachable only by a ‘special golf’ boat shuttle from its private jetty; or by a scenic helicopter flip.
It has been recognized to be the no. 1 of the Top 20 Golf Courses to play, once in your lifetime, by Golf World magazine.
Héritage Golf & Spa Resort, Bel Ombre
The Heritage Golf Club is a multi-award winning 18-hole championship golf course in the south of Mauritius; in the coastal village of Bel Ombre. The course is on an idyllic piece of land between rolling mountains and the turquoise lagoon of the Indian Ocean; with amazing views of the lagoon on one side and the hills of the Black River Gorges Nature Reserve; on the other. The naturally hilly landscape features many lakes, streams, and tropical flora. The natural fauna is prolific and includes a wide variety of protected bird species and a family of deer! The Heritage Golf Club (Matkovich & Hayes) offers a truly exceptional and enjoyable golf experience for golfers of all handicap levels.
Belle Mare Plage Golf Club
The Belle Mare Plage Resort is on one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of the island; in Poste de Flacq. It is the ideal location for golf addicts; from beginners to professionals; with two 18-hole championship golf courses; namely The Legend (Hugh Biaocchi) and The Links (Rodney Wright & Peter Alliss). Both are international standard courses.
Mauritius Gymkhana Golf Club (MGC), Suffolk Close, Vacoas
The Gymkhana Golf Club is the oldest golf club in the Southern Hemisphere; and the 4th oldest golf course in the world (1844)! It was originally built by and for the British Army.
The MGC 18-hole golf course is 5.6 kilometers long and a par 68 and has a good mix of hazards; with plenty of trees and large bunkers. Despite the fact that it is a relatively short course, it offers great challenges to the players. As it is very tight, precision and technical skills are called for.
The Gymkhana Club is in Vacoas, roughly in the middle of Mauritius where the rainfall is highest.
Paradis Hotel & Golf Club, Le Morne Peninsula
Paradis is an 18-hole Par 72 golf course that stretches along 5,924 meters; between the iconic Morne mountain and the crystal-clear lagoon of the Morne peninsula; designed by David Dutton. The course is a pleasure to play and offers a challenge to all with 5 water hazards.
Paradis is on a private peninsula South West of the island, at the foot of the majestic Le Morne mountain.
Tamarina Golf Estate and Beach Club, Tamarin Bay
This championship 18-hole, par 72 golf course, designed by architect Rodney Wright; combines technical challenges with sweeping views over the stunning Rempart Mountain and Tamarin Bay.
Mont Choisy Le Golf
Fun yet challenging, the course presents players with different options on every hole, thereby rewarding the best shots. Golfers of all skill levels won’t fail to come back for more! Besides being the North’s one and only 18-hole championship course, it also features unique Mauritian landscaping and black volcanic rock outcrops. Ponds and other water points add character to the course; while natural sand hazards blend seamlessly with the grassy surroundings.
La Reserve Golf Links, Héritage Golf & Spa Resort, Bel Ombre (Opening September 2023)
Scheduled to open in September 2023, La Reserve Golf Links at Heritage Golf Club, Mauritius, will be the first and only links-style course in the Indian Ocean. This course promises to offer an unparalleled experience of pure golfing drama. With panoramic ocean views from every hole, this exhilarating new course will play hand-in-hand with nature alongside a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Co-designed by Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, La Reserve Golf Links will host the DP World Tour 2023 Mauritius Open.
In addition, Mauritius offers some excellent 9-hole golf courses.
Africa Golf Incentives Tours
For your incentive tours, Africa A-Z arranges anything including on-course company advertising and promotions and any type of adventure or “wow’ factor you require. Hot air ballooning, and Harley Davidson excursions to name a few are big hits for companies or private individuals. From Golf Courses bordering the Kruger National Park where golfers have witnessed a leopard catching his prey in the North to spotting whales in the ocean while musing over your next shot in the South. Add to this the favorable exchange rate and the culture and friendliness of the people and you are truly destined to have the most unforgettable golf incentive.