A perfect weekend: Golf & Wine


We are saying goodbye to a year of being cooped inside and saying yes to a weekend getaway indulging in good wines while hitting out our frustrations on a championship golf course.

We could not ask for a better getaway and look forward to relaxing from the fast pace of a modern-day living environment.

Having the chance to enjoy a mix of both activities without having to wander too far from the fairways or, indeed, the tasting rooms offers excellent entertainment. You do not have to be a wine connoisseur or pro golfer to enjoy a good wine over lunch or dinner while sitting back and watching the beautiful Stellenbosch Mountains.

Golf and wine have for a long time been in friendship to the South African local, as well as the international leisure traveller. It is no surprise that grapes and greens go together so well. With Stellenbosh Winelands ranking as one of the countries top wine destinations, we will take a look at De Zalze Lodge and Golf course.

Getting there

Located a about 30 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport in the famous and well know Stellenbosch Winelands via the N2, you will find De Zalze Lodge and Golf Course.

Undoubtedly the best way to explore the richness of Cape Town is by driving independently. Alternatively car rental in South Africa​ is affordable, easy and safe – this makes for exploring the route through Stellenbosch Winelands to De Zalze Estate excellent, and you can safely and securely park your vehicle in the 24-hour security estate.

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The Accommodation

De Zalze Lodge​ is known for its comfort and luxury and offers 1 – 4 bedroom accommodations. A 4-star establishment with a Cape Dutch vernacular style finish. The lodge overlooks lush vineyards and the beautiful Stellenbosh mountain ranges. It is located against the first fairway of the De Zalze Golf course.

The lodge is ideal for families with children and couples alike. Although acknowledging the comfort and luxury, If self-catering is what you seek – the family and luxury suites are all equipped with small kitchens or kitchenettes, containing a microwave, cutlery and crockery, as well as wifi, satellite television, air conditioning and a swimming pool.

There is nothing better than a weekend away in one of De Zalze Lodges fantastic bedrooms. Providing you with relaxation in pristine accommodation and a variety of leisure activities to unwind from the daily stresses of daily living.

The Golf Course

De Zalze Golf Course & Club was remodelled in the year 2000 together with the Spier Group and also the Kleine Zalze estate. Now a prominent and championship golf course. The golf course indeed is one of the Winelands most sought after real estate property and course.

With Blaauwklippen river running through the middle and fairways being surrounded by beautiful vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields, the course makes for a fantastic experience.

In addition to the 18-hole golf course, there is a Pro Shop for all your golfing accessories as well as a terrace and restaurant offering fine dining. There is a half-way house which serves smaller quick meals, a lounge and bar, locker rooms and a driving range for those who want to warm up and practise, before teeing off.

The course itself is beautifully marked with Red and Blue markers ideal for the beginners or for those wanting to do a shorter course resulting in some fun.

For the pro golfers looking for a challenge, we advise you to follow the White and Yellow markers to test your shot-making abilities.

NOTE: When staying at the De Zalze Lodge, other preferred rates are provisioned for all guests.

Stellenbosch Wineland’s sights and flavours

The De Zalze lodge and golf course originate from the three adjoining wine estates, namely Groote Zalze, Kleine Zalza and De Vleie.

Stellenbosh, together with De Zalze lodge, has many historical buildings with the Manor House taking spotlight.

The estate is located only 3 minutes from the historical town as well as the University of Stellenbosh. You will also discover many art galleries, museums, restaurants and bistros.

On our list of recommendation in and around De Zalze estate:

  • ●  Visiting the region’s multitude of award-winning wine farms. Don’t feel like driving; taste winewithin the De Zalze estate during your stay. Kleine Zalze restaurant offers impressive fine dining

    and award-winning wines.

  • ●  An array of art, culture and history museums.
  • ●  Go on a hike or cycle through the nearby vineyards.
  • ●  Simply relax by the pool.
  • ●  Hire a mountain bike and go on a bike wine tasting.

Difficult to think of another country that offers wine and golf tours in one go. South Africa is a top destination when thinking wine, golf and safaris. Best of both worlds.

The winery tours teach you a lot while at the same time having great fun in equal measures, while most wineries boast superb restaurants, offering the chance to pair your favourite wines with the finest cuisine in the region.

Many keen golfers are also wine lovers, and certain wine-producing regions are also home to top-class championship golf courses. Why not combine a tour of the vineyards and cellars of your favourite grape with a few rounds on the finest courses?