Arabella is a noted resort style course located around an hour east of Capetown in Sth Africa. Designed by Peter Matkovich on hilly terrain, the centerpiece for both the golf course and the upmarket hotel is the views over one of the larger lagoons in Sth Africa.
Indeed the views from the hotel are stunning..
It is a lovely place to stay.
The course starts out quietly with some pleasant hillside holes, but really comes to life with the gorgeous downhill par 5 8th with its flashy waste bunkers abutting the reeds of the lagoon, and the green on a promontory.
It does look good!
The 9th is a cape hole- a short par 4 from a tee out on the promontory- you get to choose how much water to take on, and must hit the correct line and length to hit the short grass.
This is a perfect spot for a cape hole, but sadly the tee is set low and the reeds are tall, so the fairway is relatively unsighted from the tee. The waste bunker running inside the reeds is impossible to see.
So a potentially good hole becomes a real disappointment.
On the back nine the course again heads up into the hills before returning to the coast for the pretty, heavily bunkered par 3 17th hole, and the par 5 finishing hole with waste bunker against the reeds dominating the look and feel.
It gets pretty tight too for that crucial 2nd shot...
Arabella is defined by those 4 lagoon side holes.
It was good to see them, but overall the course is not high on my list for return visits.
The Travelling Golfer