PEZULA – GARDEN ROUTE
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.