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Golfing in Cape Town?

Golfing in Cape Town amid serious drought and water crisis? If playing golf is your hobby, Cape Town certainly would be one of your favourite holiday destinations. Golfing in Cape Town is not only popular with tourists and expats, but a popular past time for many locals too. Many big fundraising events have been held regularly at the various golf courses in and around the Mother City and the local golfing community is close-knit. However, the current water crisis at the Cape, has taken its toll even on the local prime golf courses and golfing estates. The water shortage is taken seriously by the golf clubs around the province, and thus the greens are not watered anymore as before and therefore many fairways and greens are now brown and dry.

Western Cape Drought Map published in January 2018 is from August 2017! Take note: In Stellenbosch now Level 5 water restriction are in place!

Popular Cape Town golf courses and golf estates

In and near Cape Town -
water restrictions Level 6

  • Metropolitan Golf Course, Greenpoint
  • Royal Cape Golf Club, Wynberg
  • Milnerton Golf Course
  • River Club, Observatory
  • Steenberg Golf Course, Tokay
  • Durbanville Golf Course
  • Atlantic Beach Golf Club, Melkbosstrand

In the Cape Winelands
- water restrictions Level 4 and above

  • Erinvale Golf Club, Somerset West
  • Devonvale Golf Club, Stellenbosch
  • De Zalze Golf Course, Stellenbosch
  • Boschenmeer Golf, Paarl
  • Pearl Valley Golf Club, Paarl
  • Silwerstrand Golf Course, Robertson

In other areas further afield with a better water situation
- water restrictions Level 3 and below

  • Hermanus Golf Club, Overstrand Municipality
  • Arabella Golf Club, Kleinmond
  • Fancourt Golf, George
  • Swellendam Golf Course
  • Bonnievale Golf Club, Langeberg Municipality
  • Bredasdorp Golf Course

Golfing and water crisis 

There are many championship golf courses in and around the Mother City and the cleverly designed 9- or 18-hole courses always attracted golfers, beginners and pros, from around the world. Currently, golf course maintenance is undertaken by only using non-potable water similar to the water used for municipal irrigation systems. Now even these have been cut back with Level 6 water restrictions from 1 January 2018. 

Certainly golf clubs had to respond to the crisis and are now thinking about the future. The installation of smart water usage systems and turf reduction measures needs to be seriously considered to warrant a survival of the sport in the region. As recently published by DesignIndaba, there are various innovative solutions available to combat the water shortage in South Africa and these innovative measures need to be considered. 

Golfing in South Africa

As long as water is as scarce in Cape Town as it is the case currently, many keen golf players will have to think long and hard if they really still want to play the game or better support their club and enjoy simply a day out with friends at the 19th hole. 

Golf players in the Western Cape have been quite badly hit. Now how about exploring the other beautiful provinces in South Africa that are not hit by the drought as many parts of the Western Cape? 

There are certainly so many great places to see and other activities to experience in this beautiful country! 

Read more about great places to visit and explore in South Africa here.

Let's all hope for a better future and keep saving our water!

Below you will find an article with a wonderful poem, submitted by one of our dear readers and golfers from the UK. We are very pleased to share the following piece with you to enjoy!

It's so lovely to read about Derek's love for this beautiful country. As he mentioned also the golf courses and estates he always enjoys visiting, I thought I add more insights on the water shortage we currently experience at the Cape and find out which golf courses and which regions are best to visit at the moment. Let's all make a special effort to save as much water as we can, as rain is not in sight for the next couple of weeks.

And all the best to you, Derek, we hope you will be visiting Cape Town soon again!

Derek Lockyer: 'SA is now dear to my heart'

Pearl Valley Golf Course
De Zalze Golf Course
Knysna Golf
Royal Golf Course in Durban by ICSwart/Shutterstock.comGolf in Durban
Lost City Golf Course - Sun City

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