Sport & Fitness

South Africans are sport mad. As a nation we participate in a wide variety of sports and passionately support our national teams. Soccer is the most widely played sport in the country, and is a passion particularly in the black community. Cricket and rugby are also ardently played, followed and supported. South Africa’s return to the international sports arena has been received with enthusiasm and our sportsmen and women have distinguished themselves in international competition down the decades.

South Africa's wonderful climate offers players and spectators a year-round opportunity to enjoy the sport of his or her choice, whether it is on the field or on the sofa!  Below we list just a few of the venues and opportunities available around the country.

South Africa has some spectacular golf courses and by international standards, membership to clubs and green fees are inexpensive, making golf a very popular and accessible sport for both locals and expatriates. Johannesburg and its surrounds have many beautiful and accessible courses. To mention a few:


  • Ÿ  The Royal Johannesburg -011 640 3021
  • Ÿ  Johannesburg Country Club - 011 807 4683
  • Ÿ  Glendower Golf Club - 011 728 7337
  • Ÿ  Bryanston Country Club - 011 706 1361
  • Ÿ  Dainfern Country Club - 011 469 0101
  • Ÿ  Parkview Golf Club - 011 646 5400
  • Ÿ  Sun City – an hour and a half from Sandton. Central reservations: or 011 780 7800

Ÿ  Golf Info and Booking Line (GIB)provides an efficient, hassle-free booking service and has access to 30 Golf courses in and around Johannesburg.  Tel: 011 706 6869.

Ÿ  World of Golf is a state-of-the-art practice facility in Woodmead, (Pg86 – C2) offering: driving, putting, chipping and bunker practice facilities, target tees for the long game, and a short 9 hole golf course.  Tel: 011 802 5864

Cape Town

  • Ÿ  The Royal Cape - (021 761 6551)
  • Ÿ  Steenberg Golf Estate - (021 713 2233)
  • Ÿ  Metropolitan Golf Club - (021 434 7808)
  • Ÿ  Erinvale, Somerset West - (021) 847 1160
  • Ÿ  Vodacom Golf Village in Somerset West, offers: putting, chipping and bunker practice facilities.  For further information call   Tel: 021 852 8600 or website


  • Virgin Active is the largest gym and health club chain in the country. Their premier membership entitles you to work out at any of their clubs nationally and internationally. They offer aerobics, water aerobics, circuit and weight training, spinning, circuits, personal trainers, squash etc.
  • ŸPlanet Fitness We used to recommend Planet Fitness, but its standards of administration of membership and general service are woeful, therefore we no longer do so.

Ÿ  In addition, there are a number of specialist fitness centres that have personal trainers and which specialize in various fitness regimes, for e.g. Spinning, Pilates, Yoga, Boxing etc.


Other Clubs

In addition to golf and health clubs, there are: Cricket; Rugby; Swimming: Soccer and Tennis clubs that welcome new members. 

You can pursue pretty much any sport you wish to in South Africa - far too many for us to be able to detail in this guide. Your nearest country club or gym is a good source of information for clubs you can join – hiking, running, mountain biking, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, tennis, squash etc.


Adventure Sports

Other good sources of information are publications such as SA Sports Illustrated and Tonight section of The Star

There are many great opportunities to experience adventure sports and tours and terrific places to ‘get away from it all’ both within easy driving distance from Johannesburg and further afield. All can be booked through organisations like Big 5 or Adventure Addicts:  Locally published monthly magazines such asGetaway and Out There are an excellent source of information.

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