Mar 10th, 2017
Golf and gastronomy in South Africa?
Words: john Dean
Gastro Golf, a Cheshire–based independent tour operator and member of IAGTO, provides golf holidays with a ‘gastronomic twist’ – combining the opportunity to play on some of the world's finest golf courses, stay in luxury accommodation, and enjoy memorable culinary and cultural experiences.
Gastro Golf began by offering tailor–made golf holidays to popular golfing destinations in Europe, such as the Costa Brava and Andalucía in Spain; the Algarve & Lisbon Golf Coast in Portugal, as well as other golf and gastronomically rich regions, including Bordeaux in France, and Tuscany and Emilia Romagna in Italy.
And it has now expanded its global horizons with the announcement of a new addition to its portfolio – South Africa.
Blessed with superb weather, magnificent scenery & beaches, over 500 golf courses, first class accommodation, stunning wildlife, game drives & safaris and not least some of the finest wine estates in the world, South Africa is a golfing and epicurean paradise.
The regions around Cape Town and the Western Cape boast some of the world’s most renowned layouts, from the beautiful Durban Golf & Country Club, which overlooks the Indian Ocean, and the stunning Arabella Country Club, to courses located within the wine growing areas of Stellenbosch and Paarl; while the breathtaking Links at Fancourt, and the Gary Player - designed courses at Sun City, can all be built into a bespoke itinerary.
A typical itinerary can be any combination of an extended golf experience including luxury Rail Safari, whilst at the same time providing off–the–shelf packages and the opportunity to participate in Open amateur and Pro-am events.
Gastro Golf’s founder John Sullivan said: "Gastro Golf combines all the right ingredients for a truly memorable golf break, including personal service, both here in the UK and in the destination. Great locations, first class accommodation, and the chance to relax and enjoy great golf, food, wine and traditional culture is what we are all about; simply golf tourism at its very best.”
He added: “Our clients are golfers of all ages and abilities, who want to explore the culturally–rich and diverse countries they love to play in. The pleasure derived from relaxing and enjoying the best in locally produced food and wine in a wonderful location after a great day on the course is what we know and creates a real point of difference in a Gastro Golf holiday.”