South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route has been officially branded as the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Gulf States by IAGTO, the golf tourism industry’s global trade association.
Located in the Rainbow Nation’s Western Cape, the popular route stretches for hundreds of miles from Heidelberg in the west to Storms River in the east. The journey is well known on a global level for its aesthetic beauty ranging from rugged mountain passes to secluded sandy beaches.
South Africa realised her outstanding contribution to the golf tourism industry with Nils Flaatten – CEO of Western Cape tourism – receiving the accolade at the International Golf Travel Market that was held in Spain last week.
South Africa boasts a significant golfing heritage, what with the likes of Ernie Els, Retief Goosen (and Gary Player before them) negotiating an enviable repute in the sport.
Of the 14 recognised golf clubs located along the route, Els himself boasts his own signature course – the Oubaai Golf Course of Herolds Bay near George – the biggest settlement on the route.
With Els’ residence located in George and his own course not too far away, The Big Easy as he is affectionately known in the golfing fraternity, was delighted to hear the news of the accolade.
Els said “The Garden Route is a very special place to me and definitely a golfing destination worthy of being the Golf Destination of the Year.”
Of course, the Garden Route isn’t solely a golfing tourism hotspot alone with personalised holidays to South Africa in this region boasting pursuits for the whole family to enjoy with Knysna – another honeypot – home to an African Elephant Park.