by Matt Alderton | February 23, 2018
Marriott Golf, its global golf division, has expanded with the addition of its first-ever managed golf resort in South Africa -- the Arabella Golf Club in Harmanus, South Africa -- Marriott International announced yesterday.

Situated near Cape Town, where it's surrounded by the Kogelberg mountain range and Bot River Lagoon, Arabella Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-72 championship course that has consistently been ranked among South Africa's top 10 golf courses. Designed and built in 1999 by esteemed South African golf course designer Peter Matkovich, it has hosted golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Samuel L. Jackson, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Lee Westwood, Tim Clark, and Gary Player.

The golf club is located at the Arabella Hotel & Spa -- part of African Pride Hotels, which Marriott acquired in 2014 when it purchased South Africa-based Protea Hospitality Group. The hotel has 145 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of function space.

"The newest addition to the Marriott International golf portfolio offers our … guests another opportunity to combine world-class travel experiences with great golf," said Marriott Senior Director of Golf Operations & Development Planning Jim Keane.

Marriott's Global Golf Division manages more than 50 courses in 15 countries across five continents, offering nearly 1,000 holes of championship golf for guests staying at Marriott properties. In addition to Arabella Golf Club, the division in 2017 added resort golf facilities in Fiji, New Caledonia, Uruguay, Spain, and Portugal.