Steenberg (Mountain of Stone) is the oldest wine farm in the Cape Peninsula, dating back to the days of Simon van der Stel. The original land grant for the farm was allocated to Catharina Ustings Ras by Governor van der Stel. Catharina was a controversial character of pioneering spirit, who as the young widow had left her native Germany to undertake the perilous journey to the tip of Africa. She first named it Swaaneweide – the feeding place of swans.
When the original Steenberg Developers, Johnnic, broke ground in 1994, they had a vision in mind to create the premier golf estate in the country. For most, this vision was hard to comprehend and to visualise the transformation of a working farm filled with wetlands into a golf estate must have been impossible. However, Steenberg Golf Estate’s reputation as the premier golf estate in South Africa exceeded even the developer’s expectations.
Course designer Peter Matkovich says: “I love Steenberg. I can play the course every day, surely that is the hallmark of a great golf course.”
In addition to exceptional golfing, Steenberg also offers visitors a range of other signature experiences. Sample some of Steenberg’s award-winning wines at the estate winery, or experience fine dining in exquisite surrounds at Catharina’s Restaurant. The main avenue of the Estate, Catharina Avenue, was named in memory of this colourful character. Other attractions include a world-class Golf Academy, fully stocked Pro-Shop, luxury spa, 5-star hotel and an exclusive Club House. We welcome you to come to Steenberg and see her in her glory for yourself.