Best Golf Courses Near Franschhoek

Best Golf Courses Near Franschhoek

Certain things spring to mind when you hear the name ‘Franschhoek’. Amazing restaurants and cafés are some of them, and a wine experience to remember is another. While sampling delicious food and wine in a beautiful location sounds like the dream holiday, sometimes, the mentioned beautiful location calls for a day of active fun. So, anyone for a round of golf?

It’s all well and good knowing that there are plenty of golf courses in Franschhoek, but which ones are the best and why? Keep reading to find out; you could say this blog is a hole-in-one.

Pearl Valley Golf Club

Paarl – 40 minutes from Franschhoek by car

We’re taking a big swing and starting this blog off with an amazing golf course. The course belonging to the classy Pearl Valley Golf Club is a top contender for any keen golfer’s bucket list. This course was designed by Nicklaus Design with extensive input from the man himself, Jack Nicklaus, arguably the best golf course designer in the world and former pro.

If its pedigree isn’t enough, here’s a little more to tell you about this golfing experience. Players are treated to a course that is kept in the best of conditions, located by stunning mountain views and including all the facilities and amenities you expect from such a place. This is the real deal, with its own dress code and a course designed to bring out the best in you. 

Paarl Golf Club at Boschenmeer

Paarl – 40 minutes from Franschhoek by car


Next up is another knockout golf course. At this golf estate, you can expect a mega 27 holes over 3 course layouts, which is great for avid golfers hoping to take on a different challenge at each visit – the variety at this great members club is one of the many reasons so many love coming here. 


Its size and variety are only the beginning of a long list of reasons to experience this golf course. The atmosphere is marvellous and there is a real welcoming vibe that entices amateurs and pros – this is enforced by the attentive and thoughtful staff. Once your game is done, celebrate your golfing prowess with a lovely meal at the clubhouse which overlooks the beautiful course. 

De Zalze Golf Course

Stellenbosch – 40 minutes from Franschhoek by car



This course is considered by locals and travellers from afar as one of the greats in the area. That’s down to a few factors, such as the course always being in immaculate condition without fail, the amazing setting which offers great views and the way this course can challenge even the best of players.

Upon your visit, you will be made to feel special by the wonderful staff and relaxing atmosphere before taking on this 18-hole game. A good reason to come here for your golfing fix is the comfortability; it’s a place that’s just right for golfers of all levels and when the game is done, there is a delicious meal at the restaurant waiting for you. Hey, if that isn’t enough to inspire a deliberate early out-of-bounds shot, we’re not sure what is!

Theewaterskloof Golf Course

Villiersdorp – 40 minutes from Franschhoek by car

For those new to the game, hoping to learn and improve, or the ones dusting off their putters and drivers who are looking to ease back into the sport, you need an easy course that can both enhance your skill and build your confidence and Theewaterskloof Golf Course is just that.

This 9-hole course has been praised by many for its equal balance of cost and quality, this is a great way to kick off a golfing holiday with it usually being on the quieter side and the staff that make you feel like part of the family as soon as you walk through the door and onto meet the Starter. With scenic views of the Theewaterskloof dam, there’s no better location for a relaxed game all the way to the 19th hole!

Arabella Golf Course

Hermanus – 1 hour from Franschhoek by car

 Taking the drive out to Hermanus will reward you with this well-designed and challenging course where you can play by the sea – need we say more? In case you’re still not convinced, the best golfers know that the customer service is just as important as the condition of the green and Arabella has mastered both. 

 Be warned, the wind can often raise the bar for you and your opponents, as can the pesky sand traps and water hazards. If those factors aren’t enough to test your skill, the magnificent views can be distracting (in the best way). To put a long story short, if you’re after a breathtaking course, a seamless and easy process and a day well spent then it’s impossible to leave this place upset. 


In Summary 

 There you have it, it’s official, you can now add ‘amazing golfing experiences’ to your list of things to do in Franschhoek. Remember, as always, live-in managers David and Jenny are always on hand to offer our recommendations and help with any of your golfing needs.

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