With the continent home to a huge amount of golf courses, Africa is fast becoming an attractive option for fans of this privileged sport. For this reputedly impoverished continent, Africa has 828 courses in 50 countries.
Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe are all gaining reputations as good destinations for a golf holiday.
There are 43 other countries in Africa with multiple courses (Nigeria has 50 and Zambia has 21) and it won’t be much longer before some of them join that list.
If you’re contemplating a golf holiday in Africa, here’s CNN Travel’s list of the 10 best golf courses on the continent, in alphabetical order by country:
- The Heritage Golf Club, Bel Ombre, Mauritius
- Le Touessrok golf course, Ile Aux Cerfs, Mauritius
- Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, El Jadida, Morocco
- Windhoek Golf & Country Club, Namibia
- Lemuria Resort golf course, Praslin Island, the Seychelles
- Fancourt Links golf course, George, Western Cape, South Africa
- The Gary Player Country Club course, Sun City, South Africa
- Flamingo golf course, Monastir, Tunisia
- Leopard Rock Golf Resort, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Leopard Rock Golf Resort, Mutare, Zimbabwe:
One of 30 courses in Zimbabwe, this 1993 Peter Matkovich design is regularly voted number one in the country by “Golf Digest.”
Measuring 6,724 yards, par 72 Leopard Rock is located in lush subtropical surroundings about 180 miles southeast of the Zimbabwean capital Harare and has superb bent grass USGA-standard greens.
The course has been carved out of dense woodland in the shadow of the Leopard Rock mountain, though many of the trees still line the fairways.
As befits a course lying in the foothills there are some serious elevation changes on many holes.
Other hazards include picturesque water features that protect several greens, rocks lining some fairways and ravines that must be carried if you’re to finish a hole.
All over the course wild orchids, tree ferns and other flora species indigenous to the area thrive, while the bush teems with bird life.
Date: 24 July 2013