South Africa – “The Golfing Trip of a Lifetime”

 

 

We have been searching for that special golfing trip that has something for everyone, which includes the avid golfer and the avid non golfing partner, and we believe we have found it with a trip to South Africa that should suit all !

Why South Africa ?

Quite simply, it has everything.  Super golf (obviously), fantastic scenery, stunning and unique wildlife and safari parks, lush winelands and wonderful beaches, the famous Garden Route and the capital Cape Town beneath flat topped Table Mountain, and all of this with just a 1 hour time difference from Western Europe (so no dreaded jet lag !).  The trip is tailored to include all of this plus much more……

This is a 12 night 13 day adventure taking in both of South Africa’s major cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town, a trip on the world famous “Blue Train”, an overnight safari experience, and golf at five of South Africa’s top courses.

Starting with a two night stay at the 5* Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, including golf at the famous Glendower Golf Course, the trip then takes in a two night trip on the fabulous and exclusive “Blue Train” in deluxe suites to Cape Town.  The 5* Table Bay Hotel on the V & A Waterfront becomes your home for the next three nights which will include a round at South Africa’s oldest golf course, The Royal Cape.  Onward for an overnight stay at The Garden Route Game Lodge before continuing the journey to South Africa’s No 1 golfing mecca of Fancourt, where you will stay in Luxury Rooms and play all three courses.

Interested ?  What golfer (or non golfer) wouldn’t be ? (see below for the full itinerary).

First stop – The Michelangelo Hotel Johannesburg (click above for video)

Day 1 – Arrive Johannesburg Airport

Transfer duration: 30 min.

Accommodation: 5 star

Breakfast included

Arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Upon arrival, you’ll clear passport control and collect your luggage before meeting up with your driver in the arrivals hall.

You’ll be transferred in comfort to The Michelangelo Hotel located on the famous Nelson Mandela Square in upmarket Sandton.

The Michelangelo Hotel, a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World”, is the perfect complement to Sandton’s exclusive central business district. With its signature Renaissance architecture, elegance and service excellence, The Michelangelo creates a lasting impression from the moment you arrive.

Over the heart of the famous Nelson Mandela Square towers the majestic Michelangelo – the perfect vantage from which to observe the entertainment and corporate capital of Africa.

The 218 Deluxe and Superior rooms, as well as 22 Premier and Executive suites have all been tastefully decorated to reflect the elegant Renaissance-style that has been carried throughout the rest of the hotel.

True to its name, the Piccolo Mondo Restaurant really is “a world in one”. You can circumnavigate the globe in a journey of tastes that transports you from Mozambique to the Mediterranean.

Piccolo Mondo’s seafood menu includes Mozambican prawns, lobsters, langoustines, mussels, oysters, crab, clams, calamari and Norwegian salmon.

The Il Ritrovo Lounge serves high tea every afternoon and you can toast the sunset with cocktails, complemented by tapas and other light snacks.

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure after checking in.

 

  

First round of golf – Glendower (Click above for video

Day 2 – Glendower Golf Course

Course ranking: 4/500

Carts and caddies available

Non golfers: Guided tour of Soweto.

Enjoy breakfast and meet your driver at reception for your transfer to Glendower Golf Course.

Since it was established in 1939, the Glendower Golf Club has gone on to host many historical golfing events. Glendower is the current host of the South African Open, a co-sanctioned SA and European PGA event. The attention to detail is impeccable, and this is evident in the presentation of the fairways, greens and facilities.

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“It’s one of the best I’ve ever played, very visual, really well bunkered and extremely well set up.

We don’t get to play on many traditional courses anymore and I was delighted”.

Paul McGinley – Ryder Cup Captain, after playing in the 2013 SA Open Championship at Glendower GC.

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Return to the hotel after golf and spend the remainder of the day exploring Nelson Mandela Square at own pace.

The Blue Train – A memorable Experience that will stay with you forever (click above for video)

Day 3 – Blue Train

Transfer duration: 40 min.

Accommodation: 5 star

Deluxe Suites, all inclusive

Spend morning at leisure after breakfast. Check out and transfer to Pretoria Station where you’ll board the luxurious Blue Train.

Southern Africa has always attracted adventurous and romantic souls – discerning travellers who crossed the land in as much comfort as possible. But it was not until 1928, when the first luxury train was introduced between Johannesburg and Cape Town that truly luxurious train travel became a reality.

With interiors created by a leading interior architectural design company, the Blue Train rival many a five-star hotel in terms of grace, comfort and style. The compartments have been superbly designed to offer discerning guests the best that modern technology and superior craftsmanship can provide.

By day, your private suite is an elegant and relaxing haven. Generous lounge chairs and a writing desk at the window afford unparalleled views of Africa’s panoramic and enigmatic sights.

As night falls, your suite is magically transformed into a romantic boudoir of soft, glowing light and fine cotton linen. Single or double beds, folded down and draped in soft eiderdown duvets, ensure that you will fall asleep in complete comfort – to the gentle motion of the world’s most luxurious train slipping through the darkness.

16:00 – Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station Lounge.  Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.

18:00 – Boarding commences.  Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.   
Boarding concludes at 18:15

18.30 – The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station

(Will depart earlier once all guests have checked-in)

19:00 – 20:30 – First sitting for dinner

20:45 – 22:00 – Second sitting for dinner

(Please Note:  dinner is an elegant affair (gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket / waistcoat).

Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

Day 4 – Blue Train

 

6:00 – 9:00 A delicious breakfast is served on a first-come-first-served basis.

9.30 – The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station. Guests disembark and gather at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.

10:00 – Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites.  Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Big Hole.

12:30 – Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station.

At Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep.

13:00 – The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the Southbound journey to Cape Town. After this exciting tour, guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy aperitifs served at any one of our lounges.  

13:00 – 14:15 – First sitting for lunch

14:30 – 16:00 – Second sitting for lunch

17:00 – High Tea is served in the Lounge Car.

19:00 – 20:30 – First sitting for dinner

20:45 – 22:00 – Second sitting for dinner

Table Bay Hotel – 5* Luxury in the Heart of Cape Town (Click above for video)

Day 5 – Wednesday 27th February

Transfer duration: 15 min.

Accommodation: 5 star

Breakfast included

Enjoy breakfast from 06:00 to 09:00. The train will arrive at Cape Town Station at 10:30. Meet your driver at the Blue Train Lounge for your transfer to Table Bay Hotel, located at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

You can expect nothing less than the highest level of service and enjoy a myriad of superior activities at the exquisite Table Bay Hotel, where the aim is to exceed all your expectations, allowing you to escape into the excitement and luxury of your journey.

The exclusively designed rooms are welcoming and inviting, representing the epitome of luxury and supreme comfort. From the stylishly appointed writing desks, to the large expansive windows, taking in either a scene of the V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain beyond or the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Decorated in a Winelands theme with large murals and thick-pile carpets, The Atlantic is a refined restaurant that overlooks Table Mountain and the harbour and is supplemented by an al fresco terrace serving light meals and drinks.

The restaurant serves buffet style breakfast, ala carte lunch and dinner specialising in South African and Asian cuisine.

Spend the evening at leisure at Table Bay Hotel.

 

Royal Cape Golf Course – The oldest course in South Africa (Click above for video)

Day 6 – Royal Cape Golf

Course ranking: 48/500

Carts and caddies available

Non golfers visit V&A Waterfront at leisure.

An Avis Group K rental car (Toyota Rav 4 Auto or similar) will be delivered to the Table Bay Hotel for the rest of your journey.  The roads are in excellent condition and it is very safe and straight forward to drive around between all locations.

After breakfast drive the 25 minute journey to the Royal Cape Golf Course.

South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious course appears to be its most humble too. Set in the backdrop of Table Mountain, Royal Cape Golf Club enjoys tremendous views of Devils Peak and the long tail of the Table Mountain Range.

The Club began on the 14th of November 1885 and over the past 130 years has managed to evolve with golf and yet maintain its extraordinary heritage.

The Par 72 parklands style course has been built on relatively flat terrain that makes for comfortable walks between the tees and caters to all levels of golfer.

Royal Cape has played host to numerous amateur and professional championship events, including hosting the SA Open a mammoth ten times.

Spend the evening exploring the V&A Waterfront if you’re keen or just unwind and relax at the hotel.

A bustling metropolis, Cape Town is a shopper’s delight with shopping and entertainment centres to satisfy the most arduous and demanding of shoppers; the picturesque V&A Waterfront with a variety of fine shops and restaurants is situated on Cape Town’s working harbour.

 

Beautiful Cape Town (Click above for video)

Day 7 – Guided Tour of Cape Town

Entrances during the tour are for your own account. Budget R 300 per person.

After breakfast you’ll explore the city of Cape Town on a private guided tour where you will be collected and returned to hotel by private transfer.

The most beautiful city in South Africa, Cape Town is dominated by a towering, table-shaped mountain, set on a peninsula of soaring, rocky heights, forests and valleys, where two oceans converge- Indian and Atlantic.

We’ll visit the famous VOC Kasteel (Dutch East India Company Castle) situated a mere 2-minute walk from the beautiful city centre and the only castle in South Africa that dates out of the 1600’s.

Afterwards we’ll visit the Bo-Kaap and Table Mountain. A visit to Cape Town isn’t complete unless you’ve ventured up the world renowned Table Mountain.

Since the first person laid eyes on Table Mountain, it has exerted its powerful and charismatic pull, enchanting and drawing any and all who fall under its spell. Since it’s opening in 1929, the Table Mountain Cableway has taken over 16 million people to the top of Table Mountain.

After your fun filled day of sightseeing, you’ll return to the hotel and freshen up for dinner at a restaurant of your choice.

 

See the big 5 at The Garden Route Game Lodge (Click above for video)

These guys seem a bit close !

 

View from your own Private Terrace

Day 8 – Garden Route Game Lodge

Transfer duration: 3 hours

Accommodation: 4 star

All meals & safaris incl.

Check out after breakfast and head east along the scenic N2 highway to the Garden Route Game Lodge, located near Albertinia.

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range, the Garden Route Game Lodge guards the entrance to the Garden Route Coast. This malaria free, private game reserve is home to an abundance of animal and bird life.

Visitors can enjoy game viewing in open Land Rovers, luxury accommodation and a memorable dining experience in our Boma restaurant. The friendly staff and management are there to take care of your every need to complete your unforgettable stay.

Exclusive accommodation in lodge rooms and thatched chalets with en suite bathrooms designed to offer guests complete comfort and relaxation in a beautiful setting. The use of natural materials such as thatch, stone and timber, blend in with the African style decor to create an unforgettable impression.

The breathtaking Serengeti’s Restaurant offers guests an interactive dining experience where safari cuisine is prepared by our chefs to your liking. The expansive wooden decks overlooking the valleys below allow guests to relax and unwind to the sounds of the African night.

 

 

Fancourt Hotel – Once again 5* Luxury but including the No 1, 5 & 19 Top Courses in South Africa (Click above for video)

Day 9 – Fancourt

Transfer duration: 3 hours

Accommodation: 5 star

Breakfast included

Luxury Rooms

Check out after your sunrise game drive and a delicious buffet breakfast.

Drive further east to the internationally acclaimed Fancourt Golf Resort, home of the 2003 Presidents Cup, located in the heart of the breathtaking Garden Route.

A combination of Old World charm and contemporary luxury is what makes the Fancourt Hotel so distinctive. Fancourt Hotel is a fine blend of modern luxury and classic elegance which offers accommodation that caters to every taste.  

At the Manor House, you will find a restful haven in a building with a history dating back to the early pioneering days of the Cape.

The Health and Beauty Spa offers you the ultimate in relaxation in the most heavenly setting. The Spa has been redesigned to exacting international standards so as to refresh and revitalise your mind, body and soul. Enjoy a gentle swim in the heated Roman Bath, with magnificent vistas of the Outeniqua Mountains, or a visit to the saunas, steam room, Jacuzzi and sophisticated gym.

Gourmet restaurants and cafés offer a variety of dining experiences and bear testimony to Fancourt’s reputation as purveyors of fine cuisine.

 

Luxury Rooms

Complete with a separate living area, the Luxury Rooms Tailored for sophistication and the needs of modern-day travel, the Luxury Rooms serve as indoor sanctuaries for esteemed patrons. Fitted with all the trappings of a five-star establishment, these rooms afford guests with an opportunity for repose against the backdrop of the majestic Outeniqua mountain range.

Reservation Options: 2 Twin Beds or 1 King Sized Bed
Children-Friendly: Yes – Inter-leading rooms available
Room Size: 40 m²

  • Approximately 40 metres.
  • Modern, spacious rooms overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains, Fancourt Gardens or golf warm up area.
  • All with mini bar, coffee & tea making facilities and writing desk.
  • All Luxury rooms have patios or balconies and are situated on the ground or first floor.
  • All have wifi internet access.
  • Limited Inter-leading rooms are available on the first and ground floor on request.
 

 

Fancourt Montagu – Currently ranked No 5 in South Africa (Click above for video)

Day 10 – Fancourt Montagu

Course ranking: 6/500

Carts & caddies available

Non golfers can enjoy complimentary spa treatments today.

Tee off at Fancourt Montagu after a  mouth watering breakfast at La Cantina Restaurant.

The Fancourt Montagu Course, which took shape under master golfer Gary Player, is a delightful parklands course with a magnificent atmosphere. World class conditioning and a setting that takes in mountains, water and wildlife are some of the highlights of a round at Fancourt Montagu. Over the 6324 metres, the course remains highly acclaimed and has in recent years been voted South Africa’s No 1 golf course, and by CNNGo as the World’s 9th best golf resort.

Spend the remainder of the day relaxing at the resort.

 

Fancourt Outeniqua – Currently ranked No 16 in South Africa (Click above for video)

Day 11 – Fancourt Outeniqua

Course ranking: 16/500

Carts & caddies available

Non golfers can spend day relaxing at Fancourt.

Enjoy breakfast before teeing off at Fancourt Outeniqua.

The course offers spectacular views of its namesake, the Outeniqua Mountains, from every hole. Designed by legendary Grand Slam golfer, Gary Player, it is similar in character to its sibling, the Montagu, and its challenging design and fine conditioning will ensure an excellent test for golfers of all levels. Outeniqua offers four tees varying approximately 1.5km’s worth of pristine kikuyu fairway. The streams and water hazards that come into play on eleven of the holes add exciting shore challenges to the elegant course.

 

Fancourt Links – Currently Ranked No 1 in South Africa (Click above for video)

Day 12 – Fancourt Links 

Course ranking: 1/500

Snack included

Caddies are obligatory

Budget R 300 pp.

Non golfers can enjoy complimentary spa treatments today.

You’ll be transferred to The Links at Fancourt by the resort’s complimentary shuttle service.

The Links at Fancourt is considered to be the most impressively designed and constructed course in South Africa. Every hole has received detailed attention by designer Gary Player to ensure that the overall balance in terms of length, position of hazards and shot values are in harmony. The course has some extraordinary holes and fairways have been, in a South African first, made up of four cool season grasses, namely: Rey, Kentucky Blue, Fescue and Bent, with the greens a dominant Bent.

After your round at The Links, you can spend the afternoon working on certain aspects of your game at the high-tech Fancourt Golf Academy, located at Fancourt Links.

Day 13 – Return Flight George to Johannesburg 

Transfer duration: 1 hour 45 minutes.

Check out after an early breakfast.

Drop hired car at George airport prior to flight from George to Johannesburg.

 

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Prices valid until 31st March 2019

Price per golfer sharing – 59,000.00 ZAR (approx €3,933.00 @ exchange rate of 15.00) 

Price per non golfer sharing – 56,000.00 ZAR (approx €3,733.00 @ today’s exchange rate of 15.00)  

Price per single golfer – 83,500 ZAR (approx €5,566.00 @ today’s exchange rate of 15.00) 

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Included

           ▪ 2 nights at The Michelangelo Hotel (5 star) in Superior Double Rooms, breakfast included 

           ▪ 2 nights onboard the Blue Train (5 star) in Deluxe Suites, all inclusive

           ▪ 3 nights at Table Bay Hotel (5 star) in Luxury King Rooms, breakfast included and private tour of Cape Town

           ▪ 1 night at Garden Route Game Lodge (4 star) in Lodge Rooms, dinner & breakfast included

           ▪ 4 nights at Fancourt Hotel (5 star) in Luxury Rooms (upgrade to One Bed Garden Suites available on request), breakfast included

           ▪ 1 x Complimentary dinner included at Fancourt

           ▪ Airport meet, greet and assist

           ▪ Self drive car hire in Avis Group K vehicle (Toyota Rav 4 or similar. Avis inclusions Premium cover insurance, unlimited mileage and complimentary delivery                  on day 6)

           ▪ Services of a tour guide for duration of stay in Cape Town

           ▪ Green fees: 5 x 18 holes of golf (golfers only)

           ▪ 1 x Full day private sightseeing tour of Cape Town

           ▪ Sunset and sunrise game drives at the Garden Route Game Lodge

           ▪ 1 x Private sightseeing tour of Soweto (non golfers only)

           ▪ 2 days complimentary spa vouchers at Fancourt Spa (non golfers only)

           ▪ All local taxes, tourism levies and VAT

           ▪ 24/7 emergency assistance of our agents staff in South Africa

 

Not Included

 

           ▪ Flights to/from South Africa, meals as per itinerary, telephone calls, mini-bars in rooms, entrance fees, spending money,

             caddies and/or golf carts, travel insurance and gratuities.

 

Your tour on the map

General

All prices are subject to availability. Bookings will only be confirmed once a non-refundable deposit (as outlined in the Pro Forma Invoice) has been received in addition to the Standard Golf in the Sun Booking Terms and Conditions, signed by all the travellers making use of our services.

The non-refundable deposit must be paid upon acceptance of this itinerary. The balance payment must be paid as outlined in the Pro Forma Invoice section below.

In some cases full payment will be requested at the time of booking. Cancellation Policy – please see Booking Terms and Conditions

▪ Exchange rate at the time of writing (only given as indication): Euro 1 = R 15.00

▪ Price are inclusive of VAT (if applicable), tourism levies and other taxes (e.g. airport tax if applicable)

▪ Price subject to change until signed booking terms and conditions as well as payment is received

▪ Only electronic bank transfer payment accepted.

▪ Travel insurance is not included

Passport Requirements

  1. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure.
  2. Passports should also have at least two blank visa pages for entry and departure stamps. Visitors will be denied entry into South Africa if their passports do not contain 2 two blank visa pages.

 

Invoice / Banking / Contact

Date Description Amount

South Africa Golf Holiday 

VAT @15% incl.

Payment Notes and Timings:

Price per golfer sharing: ZAR 59,000 (approx €3,933.00)

Price per golfer single occ.: ZAR 83,500 (approx €5,566.00)

Price per non golfer sharing: ZAR 56,000 (approx €3,733.00)

 

Payment Schedule:

33% due on reservation confirmation

67% due two months before travel date

Payment reference: South Africa (surname)

All payments  to be transferred electronically (SWIFT) in Euro (at Rand rate at time of payment)

Bank details

Cajamar Bank

Av. de Andalucia, 6, 29679 Benahavís, Málaga

Account holder: Golf Package in Spain SL

IBAN: ES95 3058 0786 5627 2000 8233

BIC/SWIFT: CCRIES2AXXX

Once payment has been made, proof must be sent to us via email or facsimile.

Company contact details

Registered Office: Urbanisation Alhambra del Mar, Centro de Negocios Tembo, Bloque A Oficina 9, 29602 Marbella Malaga Spain

Mobile +34 661 297209/203

Email: barry@golfinthesun.org

Web: www.golfinthesun.org