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:
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. www.sagolfing.com
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 orwww.golfersworld.co.za
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.
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.
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 Country:www.big5country.com or Adventure Addicts: www.adventureaddicts.co.za. Locally published monthly magazines such asGetaway and Out There are an excellent source of information.