If you are looking to play golf – a lot of golf – then look no further than South Africa. This is the homeland of some of the industry’s best players such as Ernie Els, Bobby Locke and Gary Player. Here in South Africa, you will also rub shoulders with enthusiastic players and discover a treasure trove of golf courses.

Virtually every town and city has its own course and if there are places that don’t currently have one, just give it some time. Due to the strong demand, the number of new courses increases throughout the country every year. There is something for everyone. Many of the courses are of superior quality and exceptionally well-equipped while others can be a little more rustic and off-the-beaten-track. Whatever you prefer, South Africa awards golfers with the opportunity to experience something new.

Here are 5 reasons why South Africa really is the best place to play a round of golf:

1.The spectators:

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Imagine teeing off as a pod of local hippos casually saunter past. This is the reality on a lot of South African golf courses – especially those situated near nature reserves. As many South African golf courses share unfenced borders with nature reserves, expect zebras, duikers, nyalas and warthogs to be part of your audience. Watch out for the waterways which double up as havens for the crocs. The Kruger Golf and Safari Combo make for great “game”.

2.The weather:

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No matter where you go as a golfer, one always needs to keep an eye on the weather reports, but as a whole South Africa provides a great golfing environment. Summer runs from October to February and rewards us with hot, sunny weather. However, also winters are moderate and mostly mild in coastal regions such as KwaZulu Natal and along the Garden Route. Certain provinces offer those afternoon summer thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy smell in the air.

3.The cities and sites:

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Besides the familiar sight of a well-manicured green, the sights, sounds and smells of South Africa are sure to catch your attention. From the untamed wilderness of the Kruger to the vibrant city centres of Johannesburg and Cape Town, this is a county steeped in natural beauty, African culture and rich history that can be found as you swing around every corner. Try your hand at a little sightseeing paired with an excellent round of golf in “Jozi” with a Johannesburg golf package.

4.The surrounding comforts:

Best Place to Play a Round of GolfSouth Africa’s top golf courses offer a range of top-notch accommodation options and facilities. Nothing beats a spa treatment at Fancourt GC, topped off with a good night’s sleep that will go a long way in helping you enjoy the rest of your golfing experience. The on-site restaurants provide some of the most sumptuous meals with that added South African flair. Try your hand at kudu and ostrich steaks, biltong, potjie and bobotie.

5.The additional activities:

Best Place to Play a Round of GolfSouth Africa provides a well-rounded experience for golfers who are looking to do more than just tee it up. Besides game viewing in the Kruger Park, wine lovers will delight over the abundant wine tastings in the Western Cape Winelands of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Golfing along the Garden Route offers activities such as shark cage diving, bungee jumping and whale watching.