Escaping the cold for a golf safari to remember
CEO of Duca del Cosma Africa Adolf Stoffberg invites golfers to South Africa
For many golfers, winter can seem to drag on forever, as they are forcibly separated by Mother Nature from the game they love. If they would rather be a world away from the winter doldrums, the perfect tonic could be a golf trip to Cape Town and the Western Cape region of South Africa.
A rare combination of delights
For one of the world’s most renowned golf destinations, the Western Cape has the added distinction of having as eclectic and varied off-course attractions as any golf hotspot in the world. A golf trip to the Western Cape can provide all the quality golf you can handle in an ideal climate along the oceanfront, including Cape Town, the location where the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic meet. A visit should include options as diverse as exploring the mountains above the Cape, visiting wildlife preserves where some of the greatest species in the world can be found and relaxing in the Western Cape’s world-famous vineyard options.
Get yourself a guide
Duca del Cosma is a popular golf brand in South Africa, and we turned to one of the top local experts, Adolf Stoffberg, the CEO of Duca del Cosma Africa, for advice on how to get the most out of your golf trip to South Africa. Because there are so many options, “to those visiting South Africa for the first time, I would highly recommend a guide,” Stoffberg says. He personally recommends Ozzies Golf Guide as a knowledgeable source that can take the time to learn what kind of trip you would like to have and provide excellent advice on how to get the most out of your visit.
In the picture Adolf Stoffberg with LEGEND Gary Player, a South African professional golfer widely considered one of the greatest golfers ever.
A visit to Fancourt
Ever since hosting the Presidents Cup in 2003, Fancourt has been a South African name well-known by golf fans around the world. The club and hotel are actually home to three top-shelf Gary Player designs, with The Links Course the venue that hosted the Presidents Cup and the layout that many consider to be the best in all of South Africa. Fancourt’s other two layouts, Montagu and Outeniqua, are not far behind, with both being considered among the top 20 courses in the country. With the Outeniqua Mountains forming a majestic backdrop, The Links Course is an old-world style course spiced up with some modern twists.
A Pearl of a place to golf
The combination of mountains and nearby oceans makes the Western Cape an exceptional region for golf. Another course where the magnificent setting has been used to great effect is Pearl Valley, sitting just below the Drakenstein Mountains up above Cape Town. Currently ranked as the No. 5 course in South Africa by Golf Digest, Pearl Valley is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design which was christened in 2003 by a match between Nicklaus and Gary Player. It has hosted the South African Open three times. The course is part of the Val de Vie resort, near a number of vineyards and lush with gardens that provide habitat for the 132 different species of birds that have been spotted at the resort.
Along the lagoon, there’s Arabella
Another birder’s paradise (not to mention golfers, too) is Arabella Golf Club, with its most distinctive feature being the Bot River Lagoon, which forms the backdrop for a number of holes. As you would hope for your South African experience, a premium is placed on striking a balance between nature and golf on the course. Arabella is a past host of the Nelson Mandela Invitational, and was recently ranked as the ninth-best golf course in the country by Golf Digest.
Credits: picture from website of Arabella Golf Club
See it to appreciate it
If you’ve ever seen pictures of the Western Cape region or, even better, visited there previously, you know this is one of the most spectacular natural settings in the world. It also has a seemingly endless supply of outstanding golf. Courses like George, Simola, Pezula, Steenberg and Erinvale all offer the kind of golf worth traveling for. If you ask Stoffberg what distinguishes the Western Cape from other destinations, he almost can’t stop with the plaudits. He offers “quality and variety of courses, golf situated close to top hotels, restaurants and wineries, moderate temperatures with a great climate and value for your money.”
Must-have Duca del Cosma items to bring on your next golf trip
If a golf trip to South Africa, or any other destination for that matter, is on this year’s agenda, make sure to travel - and play golf - in style! Our bestseller Kuba is available in many more colours and styles and new in 2019 the ladies version: Kubana.
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In the back of the picture taken from Blouberg kite surfers beach, a hazy view of Cape Town, Table Mountain and Lions Head.
Caroline and Frank van Wezel in their beloved South Africa
KLM celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019
Duca del Cosma - proud sponsor of the KLM Open in Amsterdam 12-15 September 2019 - will organize a special Golf Safari to South Africa to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Royal Airline the KLM who operates daily flights from Amsterdam to Cape Town. Frank and Caroline van Wezel, the new owners of Duca del Cosma have a strong relation with South Africa. They have invested heavily over the past 30 years in this beautiful country and they now also own a villa on a golf course. They can highly recommend celebrating your holiday in this beautiful country and therefor if you are interested in a golf safari please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will write about this special offer in more detail in our next blog and give you an example of a ‘Duca del Cosma Golf Safari’. The Africa specialists and long-standing friends of BMS Travellers will put together this unique Golf Safari with lovely encounters on and off the golf course. As an addition there will be a free pair of Duca del Cosma golf shoes for every golfer in the booking with BMS!
About Duca del Cosma
Duca del Cosma is dedicated to developing golf shoe and apparel collections that are unique, comfortable and functional, featuring both Italian design flair and sports functionality. Originally founded in 2004, in Italy by Baldovino Mattiazzo and Antje Elle, Duca del Cosma is now headquartered in Vreeland in The Netherlands and is one of Europe’s most popular golf brands, with distributors located in over 30 countries. For more information or to access our online store, visit us at ducadelcosma.com.