The course of the Gary Player Country Club has been
designed with a number of different tees on every hole. "From the tips", as
the Americans say, it measures in excess of 7000 meters, and if plated in
that configuration would prove too difficult even for the world’s best
golfers. The greens are shaped like leaves of a clover and feature both
severe slopes and gentler undulations. Each green offers several
pin-placements ideal for championship play: these plateau-like areas are
often difficult to find with an approach shot, but once found provide a very
fair putting test since they are basically flat.
DAY 2 THE PALACE AT SUN CITY
A sunrise over the Pilansberg mountain range is a truly
African experience, if you miss the first one, don’t panic we will get you
up early another day. An awesome breakfast buffet will get you ready for
your first day on the golf course. With a late tee time, everybody should be
enjoying the sweet bush air and be ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
Global Golf Safari can pre-arrange a competition for
the group or the tour can decide on it’s own. What ever the case may be,
everyone will be impressed with a golf course which host the richest golf
event, The Nedbank Challenge. This course has also been rated in the top
three in South Africa for the past 16 years.
Sundowners on the Palace grounds will end your first
full day in Africa and warm you up for another evening of entertainment.
3 THE PALACE
Your breakfast in the fantastic dinner hall of the
Palace will give you the energy to tackle the challenges of your second day
If the golf on day 1 did not excite you, then day 2
promise to wake you up. Be on the lookout when walking the fairways of the
Lost City, for one of Africa’s most feared predators, the Nile crocodile,
lurks in wait of the poorly hit shot. Remember that if you left you’re
A-game on the plane, the qualified teaching pro from Global Golf Safari will
gladly help you find it.
We started earlier this morning to allow time for us to
move camp to Bakubung Lodge and an afternoon /sunset drive into South
African’s 3rd largest game park, The Pilansberg National Park.
Home of the “Big 5” and multitudes of other species, your first experience
in the African bush in an open vehicle is a memory you will cherish forever.
Returning to the lodge for a 5-course dinner.
AFRICA'S BIG FIVE
DAY 4 THE BUSH
Day 4 dawns with an air of expectancy. A full day of
game drives and a dinner prepared and served in the middle of the African
Bush awaits you. Eating a traditional “bush meal’ under the stars surrounded
by the sounds of wild animals of the night, followed with a short night
drive will open up a world of sounds and emotions you never thought existed.
DAY 5 BUSH
It will be with a heavy heart that you leave this
northern territory of South Africa. One more adventure in the bush remains
before heading back to Johannesburg International for our flight to George.
Lush forests, towering mountains and bountiful seas
earned this part of our beautiful country the title of The Garden Route. A
15-minute trip will transport you to Africa’s best golf estate, Fancourt,
home of Ernie Els. 54 holes of championship golf course including The Links,
venue of the Presidents Cup for 2002, await our intrepid group of
The remainder of the day is left for you te settle in
to the new surrounds. The practice facilities, tennis courts or the pool are
all there for your pleasure. Once again 5 star hospitality comes with the
package, so enjoy.
DAY 6 FANCOURT
A short drive into the nearby seaside village of Knysna
will be a deserved experience. The new Sparrebosche development is perched
atop the cliffs of the famous Knysna Heads, which guard the mouth of the
lagoon. With amazing views over the Indian Ocean and a challenging layout,
the morning’s golf will be a memorable.
Look forward to lunch at South Africa’s premier oyster
farm, which offers a variety of fresh seafood served over-looking the Knysna
Lagoon Nature Reserve. We finish off the day with a sundowner cruise on the Knysna ferry to the edge of the lagoon and between the imposing Heads.
DAY 7 FANCOURT
Are you ready for Parkland golf at its best? Golf
Digest as the finest manicured course in Africa considers the Montague
course. Montague, Durban Country Club and Sun City have been swapping places
in the top 3 rankings for years and today are your chance to experience
another Garry Player masterpiece.
With a late start the golf, the afternoon is yours.
DAY 8 FANCOURT
Ostriches thousands of them! We have arrived in
Oudtshoorn , a small town over the mountain pass from George for a day trip
to the semi-desert central region of The Karoo
This is your chance to experience African style rodeo
on the world’s largest bird. Once the Winston Cup is won we trek a little
further into the desert and on to the Kango Caves. The amazing displays of
sub-terainian structures housed in huge concert hall sized caves, are
guaranteed to hold you spellbound for hours.
Heading back to the Fancourt Hotel for some R&R will be
high on everybody’s agenda, for tomorrow is the day we slay the Dragon.
9 FANCOURT THE LINKS CALEDON
After opening to rave venues in mid-2000 and staging a
coup to claim the Presidents Cup for 2002. The Links at Fan court is
destined to be one of the world’s greatest courses. Designed by Garry Player
and modeled on a true Scottish links, you will experience golf as our
forefathers intended. No expense has been spared in creating this magical
environment, which not only tests your golf but also stimulates your senses.
There is time for shower and lunch before heading 3
hours down the national highway to the Casino resort at CALEDON. One last
change to change your arm on the slot machines or the poker table before
tomorrows golf and move to Cape Town.
10 CALEDON ARABELLA CAPE TOWN
Thirty minutes from Caledon lies Arabella. Set along
side the World Heritage site of the Hermanus lagoon, Arabella offers a
setting that is arguably the prettiest for golf in Africa. The 18th
hole is reminiscent of 18 at Pebble Beach, a long par 5 running parallel to
the lagoon which can both reward and punish the aggressive player.
The Hermanus bay area is the breeding ground of
Southern Right Whale, which travels from Antarctica’s frigid waters during
the winter months to mate and calve. Between July and October the whales
make up ‘The Big Six’ of animal viewing in Africa and put on a real show for
From Hermanus we travel 11/2 hours to the Mother City –
CAPE TOWN THE WINELANDS
A fine meal and a good rest in the fantastic Villa Via
Hotel, overlooking the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean has hopefully
refreshed the tour after the riggers of the previous 2 days.
With Table Mountain keeping a close watch on the
activities below, the tour is in adventure mode once more.
After another amazing breakfast we board our luxury
coach for a day in the fairest Cape. The winelands are home to some off the
world’s finest vintages and lie amongst the Cape Fold mountain range. We
will visit historical sites and places of interest whilst we meander through
vineyards and cellars, eating a picnic lunch on the grounds of the Nederberg
For those who are not beat at the end of the day, an
IMAX cinema is located a few minutes from the hotel in the Victoria and
Alfred shopping complex for some mind numbing entertainment.
12 CAPE TOWN ROYAL CAPE TABLE MOUNTAIN
Our last day of golf is played at South Africa’s second
oldest golf course, Royal Cape. Immaculate fairways and challenging greens
will keep you on your toes for the morning’s round.
A cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain to watch
the sun set is one of the truly romantic activities this world has to
offer. The worries of the world will feel distant as you look over the
sparkling blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and reflect on all the
experiences of the pre-ceding 12 days.
13 CAPE TOWN ROBBEN ISLAND
If ever there was an experience to jolt you into the
reality of South Africa’s dark past, the trip of Robben Island will do it.
The informative ferry ride across Table Bay to the old political prisoners
complex will take a few minutes.
Once there, a guided tour will show the working
conditions of former inmates sentenced to hard labor for revolting against
the racist laws of the day. Robben Island was also home to Nelson Mandela
for most of his 27-year imprisonment. His cell and that of the other famous
men such as Oliver Thambo and Walter Sisulu are included in the tour.
Returning to the docks in the V&A Waterfront shopping
complex, your afternoon is free to spend shopping for last minute gifts or
anything else that tickles your fancy.