Pearl Valley Golf Estates

Pearl Valley Golf Estates is a truly legendary South African golf course. Opened in 2003 by Jack Nicklaus and South African great, Gary Player, it was home of the South African Open from 2007-2009 and is ranked in the top 5 in South Africa. The master-plan was shaped by the vision of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his unique touch is evident throughout the course at Pearl Valley Golf Estates.

Traversed by roads in only three places, with a state-of-the-art drainage system in place that allows play to continue just minutes after a severe downpour, the course is truly in a league of its own. To meet the 'Golden Bear's' uncompromising standards of golf course design and aesthetic beauty, a combination of the deep, lush green on the fairways and greens, together with the brilliant white river sand lining the 81 bunkers was carefully planned to make Pearl Valley Golf Estates the most visually spectacular golf course in the country and arguably the world. Bunkers on Nicklaus's signature courses are renowned for being shallow, long and relatively benign.

Every hole is played against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains surrounding the estate and all are challenging due to the strategically set bunkers and fast greens. All par 3's and par 5's play in different directions, ensuring that the same conditions are seldom experienced during a round. The 13th hole, par 3, is the 'Signature' hole of the course and perhaps the most scenic.

The water cuts from the right and a greenside bunker awaits the cautious tee shot. This hole tests both your ball striking and your nerve. Hole 4 is also challenging with no room for error as you need to cross the creek three times on route to the green. This par 5 is listed as one of the best par 5's in South Africa, a real 'risk and reward' classic!

Pearl Valley is a world class championship course and boasts world class facilities including a well stocked pro shop, brilliant practice facilities, a luxurious club house with stunning restaurant, and a wellness SPA.

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