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January 28, 2011

Different Strokes

Day 1: Overnight Cape Town (LDB)

Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be met at the airport by an Around the Green representative and into the city for drive-by city tour and Table Mountain (weather permitting). Before heading to the hotel you will stop at the V&A Waterfront for lunch. After checking in you can spend the afternoon relaxing after your long flight or do some self exploration of the area. Dinner is a feast at Africa Café, so come hungry!

Day 2: Overnight Cape Town (BGWDB)

Your first round of golf is at the Steenberg Golf Estate. This course is rated as one of the top three courses to visit in South Africa. The Estate itself has earned global recognition as a flagship residential address and situated mere minutes from the Cape Town city centre. Steeped in the Cape Dutch tradition, history has an elegant, almost tangible quality at Steenberg. Nestled in the crook of the Constantiaberg Mountains, the Estate is a piece of time-crafted perfection some three centuries in the making. After your round you can relax with a glass or two of wine at the Groot Constantia wine estate before returning to the hotel. Tonight dinner will be enjoyed at the 5 Flies restaurant.

Day 3: Overnight Cape Town (BLB)

Your Peninsula day begins with a journey along the Atlantic seaboard through Clifton and Camps Bay, through the fishing village of Hout Bay and onto Chapman’s Peak drive, which is one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world. After a stop to take in the spectacular scenery, you head to the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve. Before heading to the tip of the Peninsula, you will take a beach walk at Olifantsbos to the wreck of the Thomas T. Tucker (approx 1.5 hrs). In exchange for your ecological assistance on this walk, a reward awaits you upon your return to the vehicle.
You then head up to Cape Point where you will take a funicular ride on the “Flying Dutchman” up to the old lighthouse. From this vantage point you get a magnificent view of the Eastern and Western sides of the peninsula. After lunch at the cliff-hugging Two Oceans restaurant you head back to the city, with a stop at Boulders Beach for a viewing of the African penguin colony. Dinner this evening will be at your leisure to sample some of Cape Town’s many other culinary delights, or the vibrant nightlife of Long Street (a perfect example of inner city renewal).

Day 4: Overnight Stellenbosch (BGWDB)

Round 2 finds you at the De Zalze Golf Estate, which was designed by Peter Matkovich. He has made the most of the stunning setting and created a course which places a premium on accuracy. The De Zalze Golf Course has hosted a number of championship events and was the host venue for the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships (Eisenhower and Esposito Santo trophies) which attracted teams from approximately 80 countries.
From De Zalze you head to the Waterford wine estate for an unusual, but not unpleasant, combination of wine and chocolate tasting. Tonight dinner will be at the 1802 restaurant.

Day 5: Overnight Stellenbosch (BWGDB)

For your 3rd round of golf and wine you head to Somerset West. The beautiful Vergelegen estate awaits you with their excellent wines and amazing views of False Bay. It may seem, to some, to be inappropriate to taste wine this early in the day, but we say anytime is a good time for wine! Once you’re relaxed and loose you head across the road to the Erinvale Golf Estate. Designed by Gary Player, Erinvale’s beautifully manicured par 72 championship course boasts some of the country’s most challenging and spectacular holes. The greens at Erinvale are huge and well-shaped allowing for several different pin placements. Dinner this evening will be enjoyed at the Wijnhuis (wine house) restaurant.

Day 6: (BGLW)

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. The jewel in the crown of Cape Town’s courses, the Pearl Valley Golf Estate, is the location for your 4th and final round of golf. Jack Nicklaus has stayed true to his design principles by working closely with nature and has provided a golf course that compliments the environment. This fairly flat and largely uninterrupted terrain enabled Nicklaus to develop hole strategies, making this a course the golfer has to think his/her way around.

After your round you head to the Franschhoek valley and Haute Cabriere. Here you will enjoy a tasting of their sparkling wines and a late lunch/early dinner at the restaurant before heading to the airport. You’ll leave our beautiful country with wonderful memories and a yearning to return!


May Your Drives Be Long and Your Putts Few!

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