This masterpiece was shaped by the vision of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his unique touch is evident throughout the course at Pearl Valley Golf Estates. Nicklaus, who was recently named ‘the most influential man in golf’ in a prominent international golf magazine, has used his wealth of knowledge and experience in the game to develop a truly stunning golf course. Officially opened at the beginning of November, 2003 by Nicklaus and South African great, Gary Player, Pearl Valley Golf Estates was named ‘best new golf course of the year’ by Golf Digest magazine in 2005 and is currently ranked as the Best conditioned golf course in the Western Cape by Golf Digest for 2011/2012.
During the 2008 South African Open, 2007 US Masters Champion Trevor Immelman was full of praise saying, “the course is in incredible condition, it really is. That’s the way I expected the course to be, to a high standard, and they have always turned out a fantastic course, for the members day-in day-out. I really feel like these fairways; they are some of the best, if not the best, that I’ve ever played on.
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 down pour, the course is truly in a league of its own which makes Pearl Valley one of the top Golf Courses in South Africa. 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. With attention to small detail and focus on the importance of offering every golfer an unforgettable experience, this course takes South African golf to a new level of excellence. The total length of the course off the championship tees is 6749 meters, whereas the members’ length ranges from 5878 from the blue club tees with senior/ladies championship tees at 5586. The ladies course spans 4935 meters. Every hole is surrounded by the majestic Paarl and Franschhoek mountain ranges and all are challenging due to the strategically set bunkers and fast greens. The prevailing winds throughout the area have also been taken into consideration with the course design; the winter being northwesterly. and the summer wind from a southeasterly direction. All par 3s and par 5s play in different directions, 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, fitting for one of South Africa's top golf estates. 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 limited margin 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!
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