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Stellenbosch: golf, wine and dinner

The charming university town of Stellenbosch is perfectly situated for a day trip from Cape Town. Featuring centuries-old homes with authentic Cape-Dutch façades, Stellenbosch is the second oldest European settlement in the province. Spending a day on the local golf courses in exceptional surroundings amidst the vineyards is like a dream come true.

The immediate surroundings of Stellenbosch include 3 top courses. A little south of the city you’ll find the Stellenbosch Golf Club and De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, and 5 minutes to the west is the Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate. These courses ensure great golf in stunning settings as well as the other assets for which Stellenbosch is rightly famed ─ Cape wine and culinary treats.

The beautiful setting of Stellenbosch
The beautiful setting of Stellenbosch

Cape Town

Course surrounded by vines

Historic golf club

The Stellenbosch Golf Club was established back in 1904, making it one of the oldest in South Africa. The extremely well-tended course is completely surrounded by vineyards and is the ideal setting to stroll slowly from one hole to the next. At the 6th and 8th holes you even have to hit the ball over the vineyards! At the end of your game, enjoy a cool glass of Cape wine and the spectacular views over the vast mountains from the clubhouse balcony.

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Stellenbosch Golf Club, Strand Road, Stellenbosch

Delicious after-golf dinner

The course of De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate offers an exciting mix of holes, with water as the main obstacle. The oak tree flanked Blaauwklippen River meanders through the estate and blends in with the course at various spots. To enjoy the surroundings of vineyards and lavender fields at their best, book a night at the Kleine Zalze Lodge, where a delicious and hearty breakfast awaits you in the morning. At night you can enjoy dinner with accompanying wines in the multi-award-winning Terroir restaurant.

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The Blaauwklippen River

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Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Wine casks

Fairways between the vines

In the heart of the vineyards west of Stellenbosch is the idyllic Devondale Golf & Wine Estate. Visitors come here to play a round of golf between the vines or sample the superior selection of red wines from the estate at the stylish Chez Shiraz restaurant. The venue offers splendid views over the course and vineyards and is the ideal setting to enjoy a sumptuous French style meal after a day of sport.

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Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Photo credits

  • The Blaauwklippen River: Keith Miller, Flickr