Situated alongside the expansive Bot River Lagoon and accessible from the main R43 road that takes you to Hermanus, Benguela Cove is a waterside estate that produces olive oil, lavender and wine, and in between selling luxury houses on the estate, also just so happens to do a fine job of attracting visitors with art, wine tasting, pontoon cruises, gourmet food, and even vineyard safaris. In addition to all of this, they also cater rather nicely for kids, with their twin Pirate Golf and Benguela Splash offerings.

My brother Ryan had joined us for the day and after a lovely coastal path walk in Kleinmond, the girls were eager to show off their adventure golf (aka putt putt for us South Africans) skills, and so off to the land of pirates we set. Featuring a swashbuckling (and often quite intriguing) set of 18 holes surrounded by all manner of pirate paraphernalia and mannequins, Pirate Adventure Golf is a fun little miniature golf experience that most families should enjoy (unless of course they are SUPER competitive).

That said, 18 holes is a lot of holes, so I generally find that the girls lose interest towards the end, but seeing as they aren’t yet at a skill level where they threaten the lead, it didn’t detract too much from the big battle between brothers. (Unfortunately I cannot remember who won, so I’ll just play it safe and say that it was a fun little distraction to end the day off with).

If you have younger kids, then Benguela Splash offers some water based fun for them to run around in and cool down, while the relatively simple Blackbeard’s Diner is on hand to offer kid friendly meals for any hungry tummies after the ball drops down the last hole. Obviously the girls made us do that as well.

Fun outing for the little ones then, and worth doing if you find yourself with a family and some time to kill in the greater Hermanus area.

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