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South Africa’s Greatest Golf Destinations

Random House Struik

It won’t improve your golf, but it will impress your mates … If you are having them round for a pre or post game coffee that is. A magnificently illustrated coffee-table book, South Africa’s Greatest Golf Destinations presents the cream of South Africa’s golf courses. It really will make you proud to be a South African golfer, if you can get past the irritation of not having played some of these beauties!


Here you will find a diverse array of golf courses, from Gauteng’s venerable Blair Atholl and Royal Johannesburg to Arabella and Erinvale in the Winelands of the Western Cape, from Beachwood and Zimbali in KwaZulu-Natal to the bushveld splendour of Leopard Creek on the edge of the Kruger National Park, which comes with unique water hazards in the form of hippos and crocodiles.


Passionate golfer and specialist course photographer Jamie Thom and Golf Digest editor Stuart McLean have chosen fifty nine quality and scenic courses that will be of particular interest to golfers and visitors. Information about each course focuses on what makes them exciting to play, big tournaments that have been hosted there, and what else there is to see and experience nearby.


Special features include a list of best golf holes in South Africa, a section on the four most influential golf course architects in the country, and notes about the challenges of photographing golf courses.


As Peter Matkovich says in his Foreword, “I am sure this book will inspire golfers to travel and play these courses. I have longed for a book of this nature so that I can proudly stand it alongside the many books on famous golf courses in other countries that line my bookshelves”.


About the photographer

Jamie Thom turned to photography during a stint as a game ranger, winning a number of awards, most notably the coveted BBC/British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition in 1999.

His other love, golf, caused a change in focus. He is a regular contributor to Golf Digest and Compleat Golfer magazines. His images have been published in magazines, calendars and books worldwide. He lives in Johannesburg.


About the author

Stuart McLean has been editor of Golf Digest South Africa since 1997. The magazine publishes an annual list of the Top 100 courses in South Africa, which he initiated in 1997, and he has played each and every one of them since then. He is also the author of South African Golf Courses: A Portrait of the Best, published by Random House Struik. He lives in Cape Town

Title: South Africa's Greatest Golfing Destinations

Author: Stuart McLean; Jamie Thom

Struik Publishers

Price: Now only R345.00



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