Activities in Clarens

We offer free use of eBikes, mountain bikes and kiddies bikes subject to availability

Parkrun Clarens

Come and join us for the most stunning Saturday morning Park Run in the country!

Scenic Walking Trails 

Clarens Golf

The Eastern Free State is home to many delightful Golf Courses.

We offer guesthouse accommodation in Clarens that is centrally located to all courses. Special rates given for 4 or 5 day stays midweek stays.

Below is a list of all the golf courses in the Eastern Highlands.  The Gate Guesthouse can organize for guests to play at the various courses, whilst using the guesthouse as a base. 

Depending on room preferences we can accommodate up to 8 golfers.

Clarens Golf and Leisure Estate

All of the 18 holes meander along and across the tranquil river and its splendid series of cascades.

The playing surface of the manicured Kikuyu fairways and Bent grass greens are framed by mature Willow and magnificent Lombardi poplar trees, characteristic of the area. This layout is a classic "risk and reward" design. With the fairways wide at the landing areas off the tees, one can easily reach the greens in regulation to your handicap. However, nearly every green hugs the water, so it’s a case of play safe to your handicap, or attack the flags to "go low".


Bethlehem Golf and Country Club

Bethlehem Golf Course is a quaint golf course, but one which also has a reputation in this part of the country. Bethlehem Country Club is one of the best kept and well-laid out golf courses in the Free State. The course measures 6233m with a lady’s tee being 5224m. The 18-hole course follows a traditional Parklands layout with large trees overhanging parts of the course.

Facilities at Bethlehem Golf Club include a pro shop and driving range.

Kestell Golf Course

A highly rated country golf course, in existence for 25 years.  Par 72, rated 70.  Play 9 or 18 holes.  Golf Pro on site, as well as cloak-rooms, and golf carts available on request.  Open from 7am to 7pm seven days a week.

Ficksburg Golf and Country Club

An 18-hole world class course on the outskirts of Ficksburg. Laid out at the foot of Staffords Hill in 1930. At 6210m long, the course has a par of 72 and a grading of 71.7.

Harrismith Country Club

The Harrismith Country Club is a wonderfully kept course in the humble town of Harrismith. The golf course, famously known for being the third oldest in South Africa, enjoys a wonderful backdrop of the Harrismith Plateau and provides sweeping views over the rest of the town.

The club was originally constructed in 1887 and enjoys a fascinating history, right from its beginning when the town of Harrismith managed to somehow be even smaller than it is today. The par 72 course is built to a parklands spec with two tee options, one 6529 yards and the other 5446 yards. Visitors are welcome every day of the week, year-round.

Other facilities at Harrismith include a bar, halfway house, clubhouse and banquet facilities.

Amphitheatre Golf Course

Inspired by the surrounding landscape, our 9 hole and 18 tee courses were designed to make your golf game enjoyable. Clear cut fairways and well-manicured Greens are surrounded by an array of birdlife with the Tugela river alongside.