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Knysna is a popular area for golf among professional and leisure players alike. With three 18-hole championship courses and two mashie courses (one in Sedgefield), it is a prime golfing destination.
Greater Knysna has been the proud host of professional tournaments as well as many local golf days and fundraisers, especially during the well-known annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
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Simola Country & Golf Estate
The Simola Golf and Country Estate was designed by golfing legend, Jack Nicklaus. This 18-hole course is one of only four Golden Bear Signature Courses in South Africa.
Jack wrote that is was his “…aim to create a golf course that will be a demanding test of skill for the accomplished golfer playing from the back tees. But, at the same time, I want to offer a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for the average or beginner player who plays from the appropriate tees and thinks his or her way around the golf course.”
An 18-hole, par 72 course with an unusual configuration of five par 5 and five par 3 holes, visitors can play any day of the week while only members have booking opportunity.
‘The ultimate leisure, golfing and residential destination’ - https://www.simola.co.za/
Knysna Golf Course
The Knysna Golf Club, established in 1909, is one of the country’s oldest and most inspiring golf clubs with many tidal pools and inlets, indigenous trees and a variety of bird-life to admire while you play.
With an interesting parkland layout that has been upgraded and improved in the past 10 years, this 18-hole course features some of the finest greenery on the Garden Route.
‘Affordable rates, welcoming staff and excellent facilities make a visit to Knysna Golf Club a memorable and pleasurable experience for anyone who loves the game of golf.’ - https://knysnagolfclub.com/
Pezula Golf Estate
The Pezula Championship Course is not only a Top 20 South African Ranked Golf Course but also has breath-taking views over the Knysna Estuary and the Indian Ocean.
A round of golf at this challenging 18-hole course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, is not only great sport but also visually pleasing: enjoying a day on the course with waves crashing in the distance is the ultimate golfing experience.
‘With strongly contoured greens, ample bunkers and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, Pezula Championship Course is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world’ - https://www.pezulagolf.com/
Blackwaters Mashie Golf
The Blackwaters River Lodge has a very challenging 9-hole Mashie Golf Course designed specifically to allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
This short course has a variety of distances between the tees and holes with the longest being 152m and the shortest 52m. For its unique golfing experience, Blackwaters has its own set of "local rules" of play, including when to apply penalty strokes, free drops when play is interrupted and drop out zones.
‘Our “19th hole” pub has become our social spot with guests of Blackwaters River Lodge and golfers mingling after a game of golf.’ - http://www.blackwaters.co.za/golf-course.html
Sedge Links Golf Course & Club
Sedge Links Golf Course is a premium short course, located alongside the Swartvlei Lake. With 18 tee boxes, each box with a junior, intermediate and advanced tee off section, this 9-green course is one for all skill levels to enjoy.
Enjoy a peaceful environment with a beautiful natural setting overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. Braai facilities available for a fun family day or small informal function. Membership options available for families and children as well equipment hire for visitors.
‘This short course is the perfect place to feel at peace to concentrate on your drives, short game or putting skills.’ - https://pinelakemarina.co.za/golf/
The Greater Knysna area is blessed with some of the most beautiful signature 18-hole golf courses to be found anywhere in the world. It is also home to the Sedgefield Links Golf Course - a little gem of a par 3, 9-hole course situated in the beautiful coastal town of Sedgefield.
In a number of traditional sports we are finding that original playing structures are having to compete with shorter formats of the game. This has happened to rugby as well as cricket, for example, where the Sevens and T20 tournaments are raking in the spectators and profits as well. There are a number of reasons for this, but intensity and time are key factors.
The game of golf has not been immune to this migration. Both the time spent playing an average 18-hole course, coupled with the high green fees, has meant that shorter courses are fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon. This may not appeal to the golf purist out there, but to those players who only have limited time and money, but still want to knock a little white ball around, there is certainly a lot of merit in the short game.
The rolling fairways and testing greens of the Sedgefield Links Golf Course boast a most sublime natural setting: the vast liquid landscape of the Swartvlei Lake edged by the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance. This alone gives it massive appeal.
It has also recently undergone a change of management, and is now overseen by Owen O'Reilly and his team from Pine Lake Marina's Recreational Activities Department. “We have been working hard over the past few months to improve not only the greens but also the clubhouse”, explained O'Reilly, “we want the Sedgefield Links to be something our members can be proud of”.
Under the guidance of consultants from Nanturf they have considerably improved the overall condition of the greens. They have also received a lot of direction from the Isle of Man pro golfer, Jonny Evans, and the course is gradually taking on an aspect that will most certainly satisfy both our local members and visiting golfers alike. This short course also provides an ideal training ground for beginners and young players seeking to improve their game.
The clubhouse has been tastefully redecorated by Alma Vermeulen, the upstairs section of which is now being hired out as a venue for functions.
Golfers will soon be able to order wood-fired pizza to complement their post game beverages and the kiddies play area makes this destination ideal for the whole family.
Membership: R795 per year/ R45 green fee
Junior Membership: Free / R35 green fee.
Non Members: R90 green fee
For more information contact: 044 349 2200
Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations. It's also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro's philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land.
Pezula Championship Golf Course is located in Western Cape, South Africa, in the picturesque town of Knysna, the jewel of the world famous Garden Route.
Nestled on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon and close to the Heads, the Knysna Golf Club's 18-hole course meanders through tidal pools and between magnificent indigenous trees.
Located on the Eastern head of Knysna on South Africa's legendary Garden Route, Pezula Hotel is set in a lush paradise of ancient indigenous forests, mountains, lakes, and pristine beaches on the prestigious Pezula Private Estate.
Located high up in the hills above the Garden Route town of Knysna, this golf & country estate is a world apart. Fairways merge seamlessly with lush indigenous vegetation and forests creating an evocative vista of undulating green hills and dales descending gently down to the Knysna River