Cushioned between the sun and the sea in the friendly coastal city of Port Elizabeth is where one of South Africa’s premium golf courses can be found. Described as being comparable to some of the finest links courses dotted along the British Isles, Humewood Golf Course is just one of the spectacular stops passengers on board the Rovos Rail luxury train travel to.

Although Humewood Golf Course’s defining characteristic is its expansive, emerald green, it offers more than just golf. It offers complete immersion into the landscape, where the sandy soil kisses the breach front and the joy of these two natural features meeting can be heard in the whispering seaside winds which hypnotise with an enchanting echo.

This golf course sweeps into a smooth transition from an unblemished plot to a sandy seaside. The combination of these natural features elevate the area of play to a standard known as a Links Course and in Africa, Humewood is the only authentic links golf course on offer. As a relatively treeless terrain which is close to the beach, travellers are treated to the natural wonder of the area which, by definition of a links course, is similarly experienced in Scotland’s picturesque seaside regions.   

Adding to the indelible charm of Humewood Golf Course are a number of attractions to satiate non-golfers. Wildlife enthusiasts will regale in the course’s abundance of animals, including the high frequency of plovers found in the area – or the birds more affectionately known as “kiewietjies” – one of which features as the Humewood emblem.

The 19th Hole bar and restaurant invites visitors to step into the historic legacy of the club where many famous feet have trod including the renowned local golfer, Ernie Els – a champion of the Goodyear Classic golf tournament which was hosted by Humewood from 1984-1992. The club has also hosted the SA Amateur and SA Open several times, during which, an impressive collection of hole-in-one trophies were awarded, contributing to the rich history of the club. Humewood Golf Course is well worth a visit by any travellers participating in a train tour of South Africa.