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August 24, 2011

Tee and Wine

Tee and Wine

(6 days Cape Town & Winelands)

B = bed/breakfast     L = lunch         D = dinner        G = golf

Day 1: (overnight Cape Town)           (LDB)

Upon arrival in Cape Town you will be met at the airport and accompanied to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Here you will enjoy a light finger lunch with some local wine, and run through of the itinerary for the next few days. After lunch you will have some time to explore the gardens before departing for the hotel. After checking in you can spend the afternoon relaxing after the long flight. Dinner is a feast at Africa Café, so come hungry!

Day 2: (overnight Cape Town) (BGB)

Your first round of golf is at the Westlake Golf Club. This parklands golf club is one with an environmental conscience. Their contribution to water conservation is using treated effluent water for course irrigation, rather than municipal drinking water. This easy to walk course is characterised by towering trees, which line many of its fairways. The course has a very interesting, yet user-friendly design and its fair share of doglegs. Established in 1932, and constantly improving, Westlake Golf Club has become a must-play course when in Cape Town.

Dinner this evening will be at your leisure to sample some of Cape Town’s other culinary delights, or the vibrant nightlife of Long Street (a perfect example of inner city renewal).

Day 3: (overnight Cape Town) (BLDB)

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. Tonight dinner will be enjoyed at the 5 Flies restaurant.

Day 4: (overnight Stellenbosch) (BGB)

Round 2 finds you at the De Zalze Golf Estate, which was designed by Peter Matkovich, who 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.

Dinner this evening will be at your leisure

Day 5: (overnight Stellenbosch) (BLDB)

Today you exchange your clubs for a glass or two (or three or four) of some of the best wine and brandy in the Cape. You begin with a cellar tour, tasting and light lunch at the Nederburg Wine Estate in the Paarl wine region. You then head to the picturesque village of Franschhoek for Sobrage and sparkling wine at Haute Cabriere.

To ensure you cover all of the wine regions you end at the van Ryn’s brandy distillery in Stellenbosch. As an added treat you will get to witness the almost forgotten art of cooperage. An early dinner after a full day finds you at the African themed Moyo restaurant on the Spier Wine Estate.

Day 6: (BG)

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 3rd and final round of golf. This Jack Nicklaus signature designed course will thrill, frustrate and bewitch you. Surrounded by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains you will have no choice but to agree that when God made South Africa He definitely took His time!

Jack Nicklaus has stayed true to his design principles by working closely with nature and has provided a golf course that fits in with the environment. This fairly flat and largely uninterrupted terrain enabled Nicklaus the freedom to develop hole strategies, making this a golf course the golfer has to think his/her way around.

After your round and a refreshing shower, you can enjoy an early dinner before heading for 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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