Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Must Play Courses -

The golf course and es­tate at Pezula was for­tu­nate to suf­fer min­i­mal dam­age dur­ing the week of de­struc­tive fires which swept through Knysna, driven by pow­er­ful winds. Sit­u­ated in an area of ex­treme nat­u­ral beauty, on the head­lands above the In­dian Ocean, this is a great con­so­la­tion among the dev­as­ta­tion.

Pezula, opened at the turn of the mil­len­nium, is a pride and joy of the Gar­den Route re­gion, and the Ron­ald Fream/David Dale course was ranked No 19 in the last Golf Di­gest Top 100. De­spite se­vere wa­ter short­ages this past sum­mer, the main­te­nance team has kept the course in mag­nif­i­cent con­di­tion.

Pezula can truly lay claim to be­ing routed around one of the most spec­tac­u­lar prop­er­ties in world golf. The ter­rain high above the town of Knysna goes through so many el­e­va­tion changes that a golf cart is es­sen­tial to play 18 holes. Sit back and en­joy some won­der­ful vis­tas from first hole to last.

The Amer­i­can de­sign team con­jured up some mem­o­rable holes on a prop­erty where you would never ex­pect a golf course to be built in the first place. It does mean that golfers are faced with some brave and dif­fi­cult shots dur­ing ev­ery round, to chal­leng­ing greens. The front nine ven­tures in­land, with splen­did views over Knysna, but the un­for­get­table holes are those which tumble down to­wards the ocean cliffs on the back nine. The 12th to 14th are a trio of holes to match any in the world.

Pezula caters par­tic­u­larly well for vis­it­ing golfers and groups, hav­ing a ho­tel and vil­las on site, and it is well sup­ported. Food and bev­er­age is now in-house at the club­house, im­prov­ing the qual­ity and ser­vice, and the pro shop has been ren­o­vated and en­larged. Mem­o­rable hole: While the coastal holes hog the lime­light, there are still some beau­ti­ful in­land holes, notably the sweep­ing par-4 sev­enth, played down­hill from an el­e­vated tee to a land­ing area, and then down­hill again to the green. Golf man­ager: Fran­cois de Lange.

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