The A-Z of Golf Clubs for Beginners

The game of golf is both exhilirating and somewhat intimidating when you’re first starting out. There are new techniques and terminology to comprehend, as well as course rules and dress codes. Not to mention the equipment such as golf clubs, ball sha...

by: By Hazendal on: June 30, 2021

4 Fantastic golf courses in Cape Town & surrounds you absolutely need to know about

Let’s be honest, when it comes to golf courses in Cape Town and surrounds, we SA locals really have it made. There are many fantastic destinations in and around the Mother City that make for a great spot to tee off.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to golf courses in Cape Town and surrounds, we SA locals really have it made. There are many fantastic destinations in and around the Mother City that make for a great spot to tee off.

This begs the question – however, do you choose?! To reduce the likelihood of choice fatigue (totally a thing!), we have drawn up a little list of 4 fantastic golf courses in CPT and surrounds that 100% deserve a spot on your must-try list for the season ahead. Here you go:


1. Hazendal Golf Course

Hazendal Golf Course

The Hazendal Golf Course is not in Cape Town, but it’s close and conveniently located that it’s actually often easier to get to than other inner-city courses when there’s gridlock CBD traffic in the mix. Situated just outside of Stellenbosch, it also has the benefit of that fresh Winelands air that just makes a day on the greens that much sweeter.

This brand-new course only planted its flags this year, so early-adopter golfers are understandably keen to give it a go. However, there’s much more to Hazendal than just its status as the new kid on the golfing block.

First things first, it’s a world-class 18-hole par-3 mashie course that you can play from start to finish in three hours, which makes it ideal for those days when you want to get a great game in but don't necessarily have a full day to do so. However, this does not mean that the course is unchallenging in any way.

The greens are large and tricky with many undulations to increase the challenge for all levels of golfers and demands accuracy with short irons, especially when the wind is up. It also features bentgrass greens, which are receptive to spin and are nice and true when it comes to holding the line of a putt.

Hazendal is also a good option if you want to bring the family along for a day in the Winelands.

Top Tip: Not keen on golfing in the rain, but still want to work on your game? The Burrow Driving Range at Hazendal features 32 hitting bays, 14 of which are undercover and private, while the remaining 18 are upstairs in the open air - all suitable for just about any golfer, young and old, beginner to professional. There is also a short-game facility in the form of an 80m pitching area with two bunkers, chipping greens and a large practice green.

Best of all, golfers can also benefit from InRange AI technology at the driving range, which tracks every single ball hit from every bay. For the general golfer, this makes practice fun and helps to develop accuracy. Top players can do skills tests and distance tracking, and non-golfers can even hire clubs and play games with friends, much like you would in a bowling alley.

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2. De Zalze Golf Club

De Zalze Golf Club

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De Zalze is a popular and always busy golf course outside of Stellenbosch in the direction of Somerset West. Surrounded by verdant vineyards and blessed with gorgeous mountainous scenery, it's a lovely course to play pretty much any time of the year.

The front-nine is solid but less demanding, which leaves some time to revel in the beauty of the surroundings, while the trickier back-nine brings some challenge to the game, partially around lovely water features that include a sizable lake, island tee-boxes and a cascading stream.

Visitors are welcome on weekdays and weekdays but must book in advance. This is a non-metal spike facility. Golf carts are available for hire, and caddies are also available.


3. Rondebosch Golf Club

Rondebosch Golf Club

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Established in 1911, Rondebosch Golf Club is less than 10km from the bustling Waterfront area in Cape Town proper, just off the M5, making it ideal for business folk visiting the city.

Many of the holes are tree-lined, and there are challenging water hazards and good bunkering in the mix to make for an enjoyable play. The course is exceedingly popular with locals and visitors alike, who flock here to enjoy its abundant fauna and flora, including beautiful birds like egrets and kingfishers.

Visitors are welcome on weekdays and Sundays with prior booking and handicap provided. No visitors on Saturdays until after 4 PM. Walking is permitted at all times, and caddies and golf carts are available.

4. Royal Cape Golf Club

Royal Cape Golf Club

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The Royal Cape Golf Club has been around since 1885, which makes it a true-blue classic on the CPT circuit. The terrain may be somewhat flat with few elevation changes, but the layout ensures that it's quite able to challenge even the most seasoned golfers.

Bunkering is strategic, and there are plenty of interesting water hazards, and when the Cape Doctor is blowing, you can rest assured that the course will put the mettle of every golfer on its greens to the test.

Visitors can tee off on weekdays and weekends from 07:20 until 09:15, subject to a two-tee start and between 12:20 and 13:45 on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Bookings have to be made in advance, and players must provide proof of handicap or club membership.

There you have it – four awesome golf courses in Cape Town and surrounds that you’ve got to try if you really want to see the best the Mother City has to offer.

Simply click 👉 here to book your TEE time with Hazendal today. 

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