Best times of year to play golf in Cape Town

Wondering which is the best season to book a golf holiday in Cape Town? You’ll need to balance the crowds and the southeasterly ‘Cape Doctor’ wind, says Justin Roux, Golf Director at the acclaimed Steenberg Golf Club.

In the Western Cape I’d say that summer (November to March) is a great time of year to come and play in Cape Town. Even if it’s a little windy, the days are much longer and the weather is generally fantastic.

The Western Cape gets its rain in winter (June to August), so you do get wet days, but then you also get the days in between the cold fronts that are just perfect for winter golf: clear skies, moderate temperatures and little wind. In winter the availability of tee times is also much better, and you’ll usually get a better rate on green fees from the club.

Clubs generally have a set rate for the high summer season, but they may have a sundowner rate or specials on offer.

Most courses need to accommodate their members first and foremost, so it becomes a balance of making sure there are sufficient tee times for members, as well as providing spaces for visitors.

At Steenberg we have limited visitor rounds available, so it’s best to book far in advance. Throughout the year, Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays are the most popular days for members, and visitors will struggle to find available tee times on these days.

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