Two golf and spa resorts in Knysna offer the best of both worlds – spectacularly scenic golf courses designed to challenge and entertain, and world-class spas with outstanding amenities and treatment menus.
For a couple or a group of friends on holiday in the Garden Route, spa and golf is the ultimate combination. Spend the morning out on the fairways and greens of a magnificent championship course then relax for the rest of the afternoon in the indulgent environment of a 5-star spa.
Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa
Pezula Championship Golf Course lies on the Eastern Head of Knysna, adjacent to the Pezula Hotel & Spa. Both are award-winning facilities for the discerning traveller who likes to indulge in a little pampering before or after a round of golf.
The internationally acclaimed Pezula Championship Golf Course is one of the most scenic in the world, described as a “sweeping spectacle of fairways and greens which roll through the pristine southern Cape landscape.”Designed by Ronald Fream and David Dale of GolfPlan USA, it covers 254 hectares on the East Head of Knysna and has spectacular views of the Knysna Lagoon and Indian Ocean. It caters for all levels of players with five different tee options on every hole. Carts are mandatory because the terrain is steep and undulating and there are long walks between shots. It offers players a challenging and rewarding golf experience, requiring a full range of shots.
The average round takes 4,5 hours, so there is plenty of time before or after a game to indulge in a spa pamper session.
Pezula Spa is a sanctuary of calmness and tranquillity which boasts a 12-metre indoor heated pool, a sauna, steam room, rainforest shower, Rasul chamber, juice bar, nail bar, hair salon, and medi-spa. It is known for the heated massage water beds in the spa’s post-treatment relaxation zone, which lull you into a final stage of relaxation.
There is an extensive treatment menu and a range of massages includes a sports massage, the perfect end to a day of golf.
Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa
Another award-winning spa and golf resort is Simola Hotel with its Jack Nicklaus signature design golf course and superb spa. The championship course is visually spectacular with views across the Knysna River to The Heads and is well-known to golfers for hosting the Sunshine Tour and the Vodacom Origins of Golf. Characterised by wide fairways, huge bunkers and sloping greens is has an undulating terrain which makes golf carts essential.
The clubhouse has direct access to the Simola Spa which is the perfect place to unwind after 18 holes. Here you’ll find a curved, glass-enclosed 22-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a relaxation lounge, sauna, sensation shower, Rasul chamber, and nail bar. There is a couple’s therapy room for those who would like to be treated together.
The range of treatments on offer includes facials, massages, exfoliation, manicures and pedicures. The 60-minute deep tissue golfer massage focuses on areas of tension and pain with slow movements and deep pressure. Afterwards you can enjoy a healthy snack and beverage or head to the clubhouse for a drink!