The famous Wentworth Club in the UK recently told its members to fork out £100,000 (R2.1 million) to retain their playing rights.
This is according to GolfMagic, which puts the club in the top 10 most expensive in the world. The digital golf magazine has Fancourt in the Western Cape, as the fifth most expensive, with fees of £40,000 (R853,000).
South Africa’s golfing landscape has changed over the past decade, thanks to an influx of luxury residential golf estates which have employed the services of some of the biggest names in course design including our very own Ernie Els, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus.
Gone are the days when you simply arrive at a course as early as your hangover allows you, argue over the expensive green fees, lie about your reciprocity status, and tee up.
At least half of the 10 best courses in South Africa are located on residential estates – and unless you are fortunate enough to be invited, you essentially need to own a multi million rand property overlooking the course you would like to play on, just to be considered for membership to then be able to play.
Fancourt, situated on the Garden Route in the Western Cape, embodies more than one course under its brand.
The Links is currently ranked No. 1 in South Africa (Golf Digest Rankings 2014/15) and was ranked 34th in the world in 2014 by Golf Digest USA.
The Montagu and Outeniqua golf courses are both ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa. Play at these two courses is restricted to members, their guests and resort guests only.