Golf Courses in the Garden Route
These 10 quality golf courses in the Garden Route are all a short scenic drive away from Bay Lodge. That is why we are perfectly located for all your golfing needs. Eight (8) of these courses are championship graded courses and they will challenge you from the beginning to the end!
Pinnacle Point Golf Course
The Pinnacle Point Golf Course is something truly unique for the discerning golfer. This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich who opened the course together with top Irish Tour Golf Professional Darren Clarke in November 2006.
Darren Clarke, who was also involved with many aspects of the Pinnacle Point course design, has said that Pinnacle Point is “… the best golf course on the planet.” Pinnacle Point was selected as one of the Top Ten New Golf Courses of the World by the American publication Travel & Leisure in January 2007.
This Clifftop Fynbos Golf Course inspires the golfer to play this challenging layout with a level of respect due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. All 18 holes have been designed to fit the contours of the land.
The reintroduction of the endemic fauna and flora to the estate has been hailed as a remarkable achievement by local and international ecologists and the preservation of this pristine Fynbos is an ongoing commitment by the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort.
Pinnacle Point has received the ultimate accolade and is recognised for its outstanding service standards, having been awarded the Compleat Golfer 5-star Experience Award. Assessment is based on various categories, including clubhouse facilities, golf course, halfway house, practice facilities, customer service quality, price/value relationship, services offered and ambiance. Recognising performance excellence in the golfing world and seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the golfing industry, the Compleat Golfer 5-Star Experience Awards, celebrates the top 25 South African clubs that represent the country’s finest golfing experiences. The Pinnacle Point golf course, which is open to the public, has gone from strength to strength and is now rated as one of the top courses in the world.
Mossel Bay Golf Course
Famed for having a view of the Indian Ocean from every tee, this 18-hole links-style course, with its large undulating greens, makes for an idyllic yet challenging round of golf. The golf club was founded in 1905 and the golf course relocated to its present position in 1924. A round of golf at Mossel Bay Golf Club is the perfect start to a golfing trip along the coastal areas of the Garden Route.
The course is an easy walk and very playable from tee to green for all golfers, even if you have just taken up the game. The beautiful views of the Indian Ocean or the Springbuck roaming on the course might distract you, but they will most definitely leave you with lasting memories. The Mossel Bay golf course signature hole is the 17th hole, which is a par 5. At 494m and stroke 2, this can be challenging especially when playing into the sea breeze. The tee is situated high above the fairway with magnificent vistas over the estate, and the hole runs downhill towards the green with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop. Well-placed bunkers on the side of the fairway will catch any errand tee shots.
The green is a large, three level, undulating green, which makes a par 5 on the hole uncertain, should you find the green with your approach shot.
Mossel Bay is an 18-hole, par 72, links-style golf course with a 71 rating.
The course is open to visitors. Bookings required. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Public Holidays are competition days. Corporate golf days can be arranged.
Suitable golf attire is required for the golf course and clubhouse. Only golf shoes with soft spikes (no golf sandals) are allowed on the course.
Pro shop, driving range, golf lessons, guest houses, self-catering suites, restaurant, bars, carts and caddies.
The clubhouse overlooks the 18th green with the ocean beyond, making the restaurant ideally situated for post-game drinks and meals.
George Golf Course
The George Golf course is a beautifully manicured, 72 par, 18 hole course, with bent greens, set in the heart of the Garden Route. The course rating for men is either 68 (forward – 5542m), 70 (club – 5862m) or 72 (championship – 6162m), while that for the ladies is 72 (5204m).
Visitors are welcome daily, with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, which are reserved for Members and their guests. Booking for golf is essential. Please note that no group bookings are allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Caddies and motorised golf carts are available for hire, golf carts must be booked well in advance due to a small fleet of carts available at the club.
Golfing equipment is for sale in the Pro Shop. Golf clubs/trolleys may be hired from the Pro Shop.
Telephone no (Pro Shop): +27 (0)44 874 7597.
For Golf Bookings, please call +27 (0)44 873 6116.
Dress code for golf:
Please wear a collared shirt, which is to be tucked in at all times.
Proper golfing/tailored shorts are permitted. No running, drawstring shorts or cargo pants are permitted. No denim jeans are permitted on the course.
Only soft spikes are permitted on the golf course.
Dress code for the ‘19th Hole’:
Proper golfing attire are permitted (See dress code for golf).
Smart denim jeans are permitted.
No flip flops are allowed.
Kingswood Golf Course
Kingswood Golf Estate is perfectly placed between the Fancourt Links and George Golf Course at the very heart of the Garden Route’s golf hub.
From its perfect blend of design and scenery, to its temperate weather, you’re certain to find Kingswood’s Championship Golf Course a unique challenge, and one you’ll want to take up again and again.
The international award winning Kingswood Golf Estate is an urban lifestyle golf estate with a championship golf course in George, the centre of the Garden Route’s golf Mecca.
The Sally Little signature golf course designed by Danie Obermeyer is the prime attraction, but the residential estate hosts various other leisure activities and facilities that you can enjoy… and all in a setting of breathtaking, natural beauty at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Kingswood Golf Facilities :
- An 18 hole Sally Little signature golf course designed by Danie Obermeyer
- Golf lessons from resident PGA Professional
- Fleet of electric golf carts equipped with GPS; pull trolleys
- Practice facilities include 250m driving range.with bunkers, chipping and putting green
- Pro shop
- Change rooms
- Fully licensed Restaurant and Bar, Breakfast and Lunch Menu available
- Riverine Jogging Trail
- Cycle Path
- Mini Cricket Oval
- Jungle Gym and Children’s Play Area
Fancourt Golf Courses
Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golf resort, with all three of our golf courses ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa (2014/15 Golf Digest SA rankings).
The Links, which Gary Player has often referred to as his greatest design feat. The Links, Montagu & Outeniqua golf courses are all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa. In 2014, The Links is ranked No. 1 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA and No. 34 in the world by the USA Golf Digest. The Montagu is ranked No. 6 and the Outeniqua No. 17 by Golf Digest SA.
Since opening in the early 90’s with just 27 Gary Player-designed holes, Fancourt’s Outeniqua and Montagu golf courses have matured and developed into two of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts in the country. A round on either is a special experience, sculpted and finished as they are, with rare attention to detail and designed with the coastal George winds in mind.
In addition, Fancourt has an exceptional golf academy backed up by the expertise of PGA professionals. To keep golfers looking the part, there are two well-stocked pro shops, offering a wide variety of clothing, accessories and hardware.
Oubaai Golf Course
Ernie Els Design 18 Hole Championship Course.
You could scarcely wish for a more dramatic location on which to create a golf course. It was clear from the outset that this golf course would be designed to maximize the impact of its natural, rugged and beautiful surroundings.
Oubaai Golf Club was designed with its philosophy rooted in flexibility; the course itself has been sculpted in accordance with the landscape, ensuring that the surrounding environment is enhanced and not hindered. The result is a lush stretch of land that is framed by the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains which hover in the distance, while the Gwaing River Valley winds a vicarious route just below the course.
Bookings can be made via the Pro-Shop on Tel: +27 (0) 44 851 1263 TEST
The course and the Pro-Shop will be closed on Mondays.
The booking sheet opens to Members 15 days in advance, and Visitors 6 days in advance. However, during low season, we can assist a little earlier. Visitors making bookings to provide credit card details in order to secure tee time.
Knysna Golf Course
Nestled on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon on the Garden Route and close to the Heads, the Knysna Golf Club’s 18-hole course meanders through tidal pools and between magnificent indigenous trees.
A testing links/parkland layout which has been enhanced over the past ten years, it has some of the best greens in the Southern Cape. Although flat and easy to walk, the course still provides players of all levels with a good challenge and is an affordable golfing experience not to be missed while touring the area.
The course originally had bayview greens and very few bunkers until, in 1994, an extensive upgrade program was launched and 18 new bent greens were built. Today we enjoy greens which are highly receptive, with a constantly smooth putting surface all year round.
Over the years, new tidal pools and channels have been introduced and real attention paid to the bunkering throughout the layout.
Although the course is flat, the many tidal water hazards, raised undulating greens, strategic bunkering and the fact that the course is at sea level makes the course play much longer than the 5,820 metres on the card.
The course record stands at 64 – only achieved in 2012 by our then resident professional Chris Dixon.
It is a par 72 with a South African Golf Union rating of 70 having 4 par 5s, 4 par 3s and 10 par 4s. Water hazards are in play on 12 holes. The signature hole is the par 3 8th with it’s island green and at 152 metres is usually played with a cross wind.
Stroke index 1 on the card is the par 4 6th at 371 metres with lateral water hazards along both sides of the fairway and a large green that can accommodate many different pin placements.
Simola Golf Course
Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations. It’s also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land.
The course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Set below the high ridges, it’s free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5’s and five par 3’s adds a new dimension to the game. It’s par for the course that every hole boasts exceptional views; either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.
The magnificence of the site inspired golfing legend Jack Nicklaus to design a masterpiece amidst the rolling hills of the Simola Estate.
Lauded as the greatest golfer in the history of the game, the Golden Bear is also acknowledged as one of the world’s leading golf course designers with more than 200 courses around the globe bearing his famous signature.
Now, the Simola Golf Club proudly joins the ranks of this elite group of internationally recognised courses.
Pezula Golf Course
The breathtaking, award-winning 18-hole golf course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, offers visitors who wish to play the ultimate golf course in Knysna, an unsurpassed golf experience, and rates amongst the best and the most scenic golf courses in the world.
In 2001, just a few months after it opened, the course was awarded Best New Golf Course in South Africa.
Compleat Golfer has rated Pezula Championship Course a Five Star Golf Experience every year since February 2005.
The Pezula Golf Club offers Clubhouse facilities that are in keeping with the overall five-star experience which includes a lounge, restaurant and bar leading onto a terrace with spectacular views, a proshop, short game practice area and putting green. A smaller private dining room and a separate function room with a bar & lounge are also available.
Oudtshoorn Golf Course
Set in the heart of the Klein (small) Karoo this course is a paradise amongst the dry backdrop of the Karoo`s ostrich capital of the world. A splendid layout makes this course an enjoyable round of golf. Oudtshoorn being the closest town to the famous Congo Caves is a very popular tourist attraction and the course proves an excellent diversion for the keen golfer.
The Oudtshoorn Golf Club was established to the west of the town in 1922 and then relocated to its present position in 1957. It`s a well-established 18-hole layout that is surprisingly lush and in great condition. Although Oudtshoorn is only sixty-odd kilometers from George it is drier and warmer and makes an attractive and different stop for touring golfers – especially in a wet coastal winter!
- Pro shop
- Driving range
- Golf club hire
- Pull trolleys
- Halfway House
- Function Facilities
Goose Valley Golf Course
The Goose Valley Golf Club is situated in pristine surroundings, only 4km from Plettenberg Bay, bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon, access to the Club is from the N2.
This magnificent golf estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course in the heart of the Garden Route.
Golfers will experience breathtaking views of the Keurbooms Lagoon, the Indian Ocean, the spectacular Tsitsikamma Mountains and the famous Robberg Peninsula. The beauty of the natural fynbos, indigenous trees and an abundance of animal and bird life add a special dimension to your golfing experience.
The club house includes a spacious, elegant restaurant and bar with a delightful choice of light meals. The well-stocked pro-shop handles green fees, golf cart and golf club hire. You can expect a warm and friendly reception from a helpful team of staff members and teaching professionals.
The golfing experience is further enhanced by a state-of-the-art driving range with practice chipping, putting and bunker play facilities.
The unique siting of the golf course on a sand dune allows for easy draining of the course and provides the perfect base for year round play, even after heavy rains on tees and greens. An excellent blend of indigenous and coniferous trees complements the picturesque views and water features to provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities.