Knysna, the jewel of the Garden Route has once again been recognised as a golfing mecca with The World Golf Awards awarding Conrad Pezula and Platinum Golf Tours as two of the best of the best.
The World Golf Awards, coordinated globally by leading golf tourism professionals cast their votes in recognition of service excellence offered to golfers worldwide. “I believe that Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa winning the Best Golf Hotel in South Africa and Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation walking away as the Best Golf Tour Operator in Africa is testimony of the high quality Knysna has to offer in the greater tourism context, and that Knysna, as a destination competes with the best in the world,” said Gert Venter, general manager, Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa.
Ypie Kingma, co-owner of Platinum Golf Tours & Accommodation recognised the importance of the award. “It is such an honour to be recognised by fellow operators and individual golf tourists recognising us for our excellence in service and commitment,” said Kingma.
Her husband and co-owner Erik Ekkelkamp adds: “We specifically moved to this area because of its outstanding golf courses and hospitality facilities, and the mere fact that two of the World Golf Awards were awarded to Knysna based establishments is a feather in the cap of Knysna as a golfing destination. The Garden Route – of which Knysna is the centre - has on two previous occasions been recognized as ‘Golfing Destination of the Year – Africa and the Gulf States’ by international golf tour operators alone. Because of establishments like Conrad Pezula that complement the services of Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation - we are spoilt for choice in different brackets of the market, but the fact that both these companies are based in Knysna only adds to Knysna’s position on the map as an exquisite golfing destination.
Golfers visiting Knysna are most definitely spoilt for choice with the three beautiful and challenging golf courses all within a 10km radius of one another. Especially as two of these, Pezula and Simola Golf courses have received prestigious national and international awards since their inception.
Pezula Championship Course is situated right at the epicentre of Knysna, a town well-known for its enchanting natural beauty. The course offers dynamic views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna estuary and the Outeniqua Mountain Range.
The course was designed by Ron Fream and David Dale. These designers sculpted the course into one of eyebrow bunkers, rolling fairways, indulgent greens and rich indigenous fynbos. The five different tee options cater to all golfing levels.
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa recently hosted the finals of the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung. This award is truly testament to our Championship golf course and world class hospitality facilities. This being the first accolade from the World Golf Awards, we are further encouraged to ensure a best in class experience through our resort,” said Venter.
As with Pezula, Knysna’s Simola Golf Course offers golfers a superb golfing experience in the midst of indigenous beauty. This Jack Nicklaus signature course too boasts with overwhelming views.
The outstanding views of the Knysna River on the one side and breath-taking vistas of the Knysna Heads on the other, makes it difficult to focus on the game at hand. Do not be mistaken, the course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst all the spectacular scenery.
The century-old 18 hole Knysna Golf Course, situated on the shores of the pristine Knysna Estuary meanders through tidal pools with magnificent indigenous trees lining its fairways. This course is the only golf course in Africa that is situated below sea level.
“Erik and I have lived in beautiful Knysna for many years now and have been fortunate to play the wonderful golf courses right here on our doorstep. It just made logical sense to share the beauty of our area with others, and while showing off the landscape, we may as well play a round or two of golf with the guests as well,” said Africa’s greatest Golf Tour Operator in Africa, Kingma.
On winning the Best Golf Tour Operator award Kingma said: “Being the small operation that we are, I personally believe the personal touch and attention to detail is what gave us the advantage needed to win this prestigious award. I think, as a whole, the golf industry is continuously growing and with Conrad Pezula, us and South Africa winning our respective categories, the golf sector of the tourism industry will only attract more visitors to our beautiful town, Knysna and South Africa.
Knysna Tourism CEO, Greg Vogt lauded the golfing industry of Knysna and said: “These awards are testimony to the dynamic product and operators we have in Greater Knysna. We believe that these accolades go hand in hand with the Sedgefield Links Golf Club recently hosting the first South African PGA Par 3 Invitational Tournament that attracted names like John Bland and Titch Moore.”
In closing Vogt added: “It is also interesting to note that international professional golfers entering into golf tourism have invested in property in Knysna thus growing our potential reach into the golf market in Europe, the Nordic areas and the United States”
Ypie Kingma, co-owner of Platinum Golf Tours & Accommodation and Africa’s Best Golfing tour Operator 2014 showing off her prestigious award on the award winning Conrad Pezula Estate & Spa.
Please visit both Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa and Platinum Golf Tours & Accommodation websites for further information.