Length of Course: Men 5963 m Ladies 5195 m
Type of Course: Clifftop links
Visitors: All visitors welcome. Bookings are recommended and are on a space availability basis
Golf General Manager: Meyer du Toit 044 302 5310
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Shortgame area and putting greens
Hire Facilities: Clubs, carts (carts are essential and included in the playing fees)
Catering: Bar, restaurant, halfwayhouse,
Location: Lagoonview Drive, Knysna
Contact: Golf co-ordination 044 302 5307
Postal address: P.O.Box 3378, Knysna 6570
Phone: 044 302 5300
Fax: 044 384 1277
A WORLD-CLASS Golf Resort
The Pezula Championship Course is situated in one of the most spectacular locations in South Africa. Situated atop the famous Knysna Heads, the high vantage point allows for majestic panoramic views. On one side lies the tranquil Knysna lagoon backed by the Outeniqua Mountain range. On the other side is the ever-fascinating Indian Ocean, sometime crashing and sometime lapping onto rugged and dramatic cliffs. Ronald Fream, from the USA, whose classic layouts in sensitive conservation areas have become legendary worldwide, designed the golf course. Here, a protected nature reserve in a hilly landscape of many moods was the challenge. The completed picture has made no compromise to the sensitivity of nature and many of the holes are bound by conservation restrictions. This allows the golfer the bonus of not only enjoying the result and the challenge, but also of savouring the sheer beauty of the indigenous flora and fauna that remain untouched and thriving in their natural habitat.
This scenic and quite unspoiled landscape is enhanced by the quality of the fairways and greens of this spectacular course.
The course has encompassed the many moods on offer on this varied and hilly terrain. Dramatic downhill holes, backed by the ocean, provide truly unforgettable moments. Classic sweeping fairways winding through forested areas create further drama. Last, but not least, rolling fairways lined by that aforementioned indigenous bush are the arteries that lead to large shapely greens, while allowing vistas of the forests in the distance and the magical lagoon below.
The downhill holes of the 12th, 13th and the dramatic short par 4, 14th are visually unforgettable. I will let you savour these, sight unseen. I have chosen three holes to capture the mood on offer here.
2nd Hole – Par 4 – Men 364 m Ladies 314 m
This hole is a major challenge that begins with a tee shot to find a fairway left of a major water feature. This is a hole that offers a feast or famine option off the tee. The brave will decide on a driver and take on fairway bunkers and a tight line close to the water. The more prudent will opt for safety with a long iron avoiding all the hazards. There is a long curving sweep uphill to a well-guarded green. Indigenous bush left awaits the too cautious bail-out shots.
4th Hole – Par 4 – Men 322 m Ladies 277 m
This is a visually spectacular and classic golf hole. Trees line both sides; the end target is straight ahead but strategically placed fairway bunkers have to be threaded via the fairway that meanders slowly uphill to a superb green. Pin position here is important as the green is large. On the right, bunkers await and on the left a grassy bank can throw the intended shot some distance away.
7th Hole – Par 4 – Men 423 m Ladies 341 m
From a high tee the hole is visible all the way to the green. The fairway runs first steeply downhill two-thirds of the way, before inclining steeply upward to the green. The fairway is wide though bush on either side intimidates a little. From the tee the longer hitters will hope to catch a steep downhill slope, while the ordinary mortal will be glad to have a shot from a flat lie
The majesty of the course is further enhanced by the remarkable and elegant development that has taken place in and around an estate that today has a footprint of over 1000 hectares.
The vision and quality are due to American Keith Stewart, whose experienced eye born of living in some of the world’s best locations, and with a passion for Africa, identified this elevated area as something quite special. (Pezula comes from an African language and loosely translated means ‘up high near the Gods’.)
Today’s Pezula encompasses a variety of exceptional facilities all of which have collectively resulted in Pezula deservedly winning an array of international awards. Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa with its award-winning Zachary’s restaurant and its quite exceptional spa, named the best on the continent, sets the standard for elegance and grace. On the borders of the golf course is the Pezula Private Estate, where spacious and uncluttered homes are blessed with not only the sensational scenery of the area, but also with an environment that has been harnessed with fanaticism towards long term environmental sustainability.
The club has also garnered its reputation around the remarkable recreational amenities it offers. The ‘Field of Dreams’ sits silently at the heart of a forested amphitheatre and this facility can be used for several sporting codes and even entertainment events. The practice range, complete with target greens, can also be played as a Mashie course for ‘improving golfers’. Before the game or after practice, take advantage of the horse trails on the calm resident Cape horses. The ‘Field of Dreams’ encompasses exceptional tennis facilities including an outdoor stadium court.
Sparkling pools, indigenous gardens, forested and cliffside walking trails lead to uncluttered beaches and the country feel is further punctuated with the estate growing its own organic vegetables.
Gould’s Special Note:
This sporting paradise has enticed such sporting luminaries as the world’s number one tennis player, Roger Federer, and South African cricket Captain, Graeme Smith, to invest in this wonderful lifestyle. I must also make mention of two wonderful people who make the visits here very special. Golf Manager Meyer du Toit and Beryl Moore in the admin department, both who have the passion and personality to make ‘their’ place memorable.
Directions: From Cape Town take N2 through Knysna. Turn right into George Rex. Left into Wilson until you get to a traffic circle where you turn right into Lagoonview Drive that will take you into Pezula.