Golfing in South Africa: Bringing back the “cool” for Millennials

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When thinking about the millennial generation, it may be natural to assume that this generation is unlikely to desire a golfing element in their travels.

However, despite often being seen as the tech-savvy, diverse and impatient generation, a new trend is emerging where millennials are actually putting back the ‘cool’ in teeing off.

According to the National Golf Foundation’s annual study of golf participation in the United States, 36% of the nearly 24 million golfers in the United States are aged between 18 to 39, and over 15 million additional millennials expressed interest in playing golf with similar statistics emanating from the UK.

If you read between the lines, the figures show that millennials are right on par to overtake their predecessors as the largest market share in the classic game of golf.

But, of course, for the millennial generation it will not simply be about golf, this generation will also want combined experiences offering elements of adventure, activities that are team-orientated and authentic.

This is where South Africa and its diverse offering combining golf and other activities is perfectly positioned for the Millennial golf traveller.

With a focus on prime golf courses in South Africa, Inside Travel shares some of the top golfing experiences which will put the ‘cool’ in the experience for Millennials.

Golfing on the wild side

South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park provides the ideal combo of golf and the great outdoors for millennials.

Millennials amongst their many traits are nomadic, not wanting to be restricted to one location or activity. For this reason, millennial travellers will delight in having the benefit of playing golf at prime golf courses such as Hans Merensky GC, Sabi River Sun GC, Skukuza GC and Leopard Creek, while also having a choice of a multitude of activities with in the surrounding Kruger area.

The Kruger National Park was earlier this year ranked as the one of the ‘Most Instagrammed Tourist Attractions’ in the world and here millennials can look forward to South Africa’s wild-side, embarking on the ultimate Big 5 safari, hot air balloon rides, caving expeditions as well as kicking back in the many health and wellness retreats located throughout the area.

Hitting gold in Johannesburg

South Africa’s financial capital Johannesburg, also known as the City of Gold, is the ultimate city experience of every millennial golfer’s dreams.

In Johannesburg millennials can play golf at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, the oldest course in the city as well as, Glendower Golf Club, a beautiful parkland course which has hosted many South African Open tournaments while at the same time being surrounded by the many top activities in available in the city.

The city is rich in history and culture and one of the best places to explore off the golf course is the famous township of Soweto. Soweto is the ideal combination of culture and adventure with biking or walking tours available, plenty of authentic restaurants and to add an element of adventure for the adventurous millennials, the Orlando Towers bungee jump.

The bungee jump is situated at the Orlando Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station which now boasts a 100m bungee jump, with thrill-seekers jumping from a suspension bridge between the towers. The truly adventurous can opt for the SCAD freefall inside the western cooling tower. It is the world’s highest freefall and is the only system in the world that allows an unattached and controlled freefall. Alternatively, millennials can opt for the Heritage Tour which includes a tour of Gold Reef City, a replica of old-time Johannesburg. Here they can travel back in time as they take a ride on a penny-farthing or stroll through the olden day houses; go on an underground visit, experience a gold pour demonstration and see the miners’ dancing performance.

Golfing and authenticity in Cape Town

Known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is a must for any traveller, especially millennials.

If a day spent on the golf courses of the Royal Cape, Clovelly, Stellenbosch and De Zalze are not enough millennials can look forward to authenticity with a capital A.

From mingling with the locals through a Malay cooking evening, dinner and a taste of typical Cape Town ‘live’ jazz in a private home to exploring the budding vines of the winelands, and even paragliding off Signal Hill in a Parataxi or why not opt for a helicopter ride helicopter ride to see the beautiful Atlantic.