Africa might not immediately spring to mind when you think of golf but the more you think about it, you’ll realise that it makes perfect sense. Just look at what Africa has to offer to the travelling golfer, who’s prepared to go that much further in their pursuit of the perfect golfing experience.First of all, there’s the weather. So many golfing days are spoiled in Ireland by rain and wind. In Africa, that rarely happens. Glorious sunshine and cool breezes off the ocean mean that there’s always a good time of day to take to the fairways.For the travelling golfer, teeing off in one of Kenya’s many world-class golf courses makes for a perfect break from a safari.
Kenya’s weather is ideal for golf all year round making it one of the world’s top golfing destinations.For the travelling golfer seeking a diverse range of golf courses, combined with world-class standards and service, Kenya is the perfect choice.Kenya’s courses offer international golfing standards and some of the world’s finest design and landscaping. The golf and country clubs have the best facilities in the region and high quality service are built on Kenya’s reputation for warmth and hospitality.And then there’s South Africa! Not only are there hundreds of top-notch courses from which to choose, but most of the clubs are in areas that are also top tourists regions.Often when you’re playing on European golf courses, you’ll come across wildlife – foxes or rabbits for instance. Well, it can be slightly different in Africa.
Leopard Creek, rated the best course in South Africa, is situated on the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park, so it's not unusual to come across wildlife when you play a round. Players are protected from the wildlife by means of innovative architectural and landscaping techniques - although water hazards might include the odd hippopotamus or crocodile! Gary Player's design takes advantage of the natural environment, which is home to Africa's ‘big five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo - and over 200 species of birds that make their homes in the surrounding trees, some of which are over 100 years old. From the golf courses in Cape Town to the championship courses on the Garden Route, stunning scenery will make the game a challenge to your golfing skills and a feast for your eyes. Then there are the experiences of playing golf in places where the wildlife think they have as much right of access to the course as the players! Imagine hitting a fairway shot with an elephant watching! Or staying in a golf lodge in the middle of South Africa’s famous wine region? And on your days off, you will could have the opportunity to go up Table Mountain, shopping in Cape Town, whale watching or even shark cage diving! You’ll no doubt agree, it’s a bit different from having a pint down the local!