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Presenter : Ian Cross

South Africa

Courses: Gary Player @ Sun City, Pearl Valley Estate, Hans Merensky, and Soweto CC.

image: A giraffe on the fairway of the Hans Merensky Course

A giraffe on the fairway of the Hans Merensky Course

Our adventure golfer Ian Cross journeys to a great undiscovered destination for the intrepid traveler and golfer alike – South Africa. First up he visits the Hans Merensky Golf Clubwhere you can quite literally combine the country’s number one attraction, safari, with golf. Ian comes face to face with giraffes and zebras strolling on the course!

Five hours drive south from the club, but a million miles away in terms of lifestyle, is Soweto, the most famous township in South Africa. Here Ian visits the Soweto Country Club which was the only place black South Africans could play golf during the apartheid era. Now, blacks and whites play there side by side. He then visits a moving reminder of these times, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

image: Pearl Valley CC

Pearl Valley CC

After a stay at the trendy Melrose Arch Hotel, Ian is off to the world famous Sun City, a leisure complex built in the middle of the desert. Here he plays the tricky Gary Player Country Club with a caddy of 25 years’ experience; South African caddies are considered among the best in the world.

After a flight down to Cape Town, Ian takes a ride to the vineyards of Stellenbosch to indulge in one of his favourite pastimes – wine tasting – before playing the Pearl Valley Country Club. It’s a truly stunning way to end his journey through one of golf’s most exciting destinations.

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