Langebaan: a West Coast golf escape

An easy drive north of Cape Town brings you to Langebaan Country Estate, where a course by Gary Player Designs offers an excellent taste of West Coast golf.

You’ll either love or hate Langebaan, a holiday town an hour north of Cape Town. For although the scenic lagoon (a Ramsar wetland of global importance) and local beaches are superb, the town itself could do with an injection of charm.

But those considerations may just fall away when you wander down the impressive fairways of the Langebaan Country Estate.

Playing to 6 359 metres off the Championship Tees, this is a surprisingly challenging track for a resort course. It’s a course that challenges from the first hole, a stroke 1, where you’ll need to battle the prevailing winds through a tunnel of Manatoka trees and past fairway bunkers. Lose the fairways and your chances of par blow away in the wind.

The 6th is also tricky, needing a carry over thick fynbos (dense bush) dune vegetation to make the green, while the 18th is a fitting ending to this challenging course. Offering panoramic views over the lagoon and estate, choose your club carefully here. A tip: Your driver may not be the right choice off the tee box…

The estate facilities are as impressive as the course, with a well-equipped driving range and practice area alongside an 18-hole mashie course.

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