Length of Course: Men 6057 m Ladies 5081 m
Type of Course: Parkland
Visitors: No restrictions
Club Professional: Nico Truter
Club Shop: Yes
Practice Facilities: Putting green, chipping green, short iron warm-up
Hire Facilities: Clubs, trolleys and drive carts (booking essential)
Catering: Bar, halfway house
Location: Piesang Valley, Plettenberg Bay
General Manager: Greg Phillips
Postal address: P.O.Box 92, Plettenberg Bay 6600
Phone: 044 533 2132
Fax: 044 533 0035
A VERY PLEASANT VALLEY
Nestled in the Piesang Valley, two kilometres from the outstanding Plettenberg Bay beaches, is the Plettenberg Bay Country Club. Over recent years, this resort golf course has undergone a well-orchestrated upgrading programme. None of the original charm has been lost and you can now enjoy a quality course in a pleasant valley with the Piesang River meandering through the course.
The two opening holes (1st and 10th) are straight downhill with the 10th turning sharply to the right. The two finishing holes (9th and 18th) climb their way back to the single-storey clubhouse overlooking the scenic valley.
The golf course is always busy at Christmas and Easter, as Plettenberg Bay is one of South Africa’s major holiday destinations. However, as I am repeatedly reminded that visitors are always welcome, I have no doubt that you will enjoy both the welcome, and your round of golf on this hilly, well laid out resort course.
Added to the course improvements are the very noticeable quality features that have been introduced at the clubhouse, including a delightful terrace allowing splendid views of the area and the course below.
The charm of this parkland golf course, set in a private nature reserve, is that you immediately feel ‘in the country’. No intrusive houses or traffic noise here. The occasional bushbuck, deer, baboon and vervet monkey might nevertheless distract you. I also guarantee the bird life will be noticeable and I trust you get to see one of my favourite residents, the Knysna loerie.
This is not however just a ‘little seaside golf course’, as the greens and bunkers are to USGA specifications and the fairways are on automatic sprinkler systems. Here are two of my favourite holes:
7th Hole – Par 5 – Men 434 m Ladies 403 m
At the bottom of the valley, a long, thin tee leads to a narrow fairway with a solitary tree on the left, narrowing the perspective even further. The Piesang River runs along to the right. Long hitters will be tempted to go for the green in two. It is advisable to hug the sloping left bank as anything pushed might join the river. Avoid hitting too far left, however, as you will find yourself in the midst of trees and thick rough. The green has a high bank behind it and a back bunker to the right.
14th Hole – Par 4 – Men 276 m Ladies 233 m
This is a really unusual golf hole. With the whispering yellowwoods that back onto the tee, you could easily imagine yourself in the rain forests of East Africa. The hole doglegs to the left and turns uphill past two majestic oak trees, reputedly over 200 years old. A bank sloping from right to left will stop too long a shot from the tee. You only need a long iron or short wood to hit the right hand side of the fairway thus ensuring a straight shot to the uphill green. Alternatively you may need a high loft over the oaks to reach this green closely guarded by four bunkers.
Turn off the N2 at the Plettenberg Bay South/Piesang Valley exit. Follow the road downhill and the entrance to the club is at the bottom of the hill on your right-hand side.