“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots–but you have you have to play the ball where it lies.” -Bobby Jones
Combine spectacular scenery, abundant birdlife – and a host of divergent courses all within swinging distance and you’ll see just why the Garden Route is known as the Golfing Mecca of South Africa.
The Plettenberg is ideally located to access all of the region’s most celebrated courses, book your stay for a holiday of the great outdoors and the great game all at once. The five-star property is the ultimate South African seaside escape – go from the beach on the course to the beach at your doorstep. Here are our picks of where to golf, plus some insider tips.
Plettenberg Bay Country Club
The award winning 18-hole course at Plettenberg Bay Country Club is set in a private nature reserve. The course is easy to walk, and the two main inclines can be observed from the veranda. The main attraction being the challenging layout built to USGA specifications and is rated in the TOP 50 in South Africa.
TAP IN: Being a nature reserve the birdlife is spectacular, bring your binoculars to spot: African Olive Pigeon, Knysna Turaco, Knysna Warbler, Knysna Woodpecker, Olive Bush-Shrike, Olive Woodpecker.
Goose Valley Golf Club
Goose Valley Golf Club is located just a couple of kilometres outside Plett, and bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon, this 18-hole Gary Player designed golf course offers some of the most mesmerising views, from the Keurbooms Lagoon, and Indian Ocean to the Tsitsikamma Mountains and Robberg Peninsula – these sites can all be seen from a number of tee-boxes.
TAP IN: There’s also a driving range available as well as a state-of-the-art chipping, putting and bunker practice facilities.
Roodefontein Driving Range
The ideal place to get your swing in with a spectacular view of the Roodefontein Dam and the Plett Country Club, golfers can use this space to hone their game.
TAP IN: A well-maintained chipping and putting green is just the place to practice, practice, practice.
Knysna Golf Club
Just a 20-minute drive from The Plettenberg is the beautiful hamlet of Knysna there are a few world-renowned courses here too. Situated on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon and close to the famous Heads, you’ll find the Knysna Golf Club. A truly magnificent setting the 18-hole course meanders through tidal pools and between indigenous trees. It’s said that the ‘long par-5s, imposing par-3s and some challenging par-4s, make it an enjoyable but thought-provoking course for players of all levels’.
TAP IN: Soak up the historic ambience, one of South Africa’s oldest clubs, it was founded in 1909.
Golf courses within 150km drive from The Plettenberg hotel
- Plettenberg Bay Country Club 3.8km (SA Top 100)
- Goose Valley Golf Club 4.2km (SA Top 100)
- Knysna Golf Club 34.2km
- Pezula Golf Club 37.1km (SA Top 100)
- Simola Golf & Country Estate 40.5km (SA Top 100)
- George Golf Club 95.7km (SA Top 100)
- Oubaai Golf Estate 109km (SA Top 100)
- Fancourt Links Gourse 110km (SA Top 100)
- Fancourt 18-hole Montagu 110km (SA Top 100)
- Fancourt Outeniqua 110km (SA Top 100)
- Pinnacle Point Golf Course 146km (SA Top 100)
And… golf travellers should take advantage of our accommodation offer: STAY 7, PAY 5. Book 7 nights and get 2 nights on us – make the most of the South Africa’s Golfing Mecca
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