Designed by Ronald Fream, Pezula GC sits on a ridge overlooking one of the biggest lagoons in South Africa.
To get to Pezula we drove east from George to Knysna, and then climb significantly uphill to get to the resort.
The site has jaw dropping views over the ocean and the saltwater lagoon.
We had an outstanding experience at Pezula.
The Resort is something special- one of those places you will always go back to!
The staff were warm and friendly, and the facilities were fabulous
But it was the golf course we came to see, and on a sunny, blue sky day we ventured on to the course.
Playing Pezula was a roller coaster ride right from the start, and very challenging...
The land did not strike me as particularly suitable for golf, but more credit must go to the architect because the end result is stunning.
The front nine goes up, down and around the top of a ridge, and is cleverly routed.
It has a run of holes that vary enormously, but all feel like they belong together.
The par 5 first hole has a ravine carry, and a semi blind uphill approach to a difficult green.
It is too difficult, and takes too long to play for an opening hole, in my opinion.
Still, it does gets your attention, and the course does not let up from that point on until late in the back nine.
There are spectacular golf holes throughout- with strategic bunkering, challenging carries, significant elevation changes, and camera snaps everywhere.
In the front nine, I particularly liked the difficult par 4 second, and fourth holes, and the Nicklaus like par 3 fifth.
The back nine continues the ride with three very interesting holes high on the site followed by the unforgettable 300 metre descent on the par 5, thirteeenth hole.
It takes you back down to the oceanside cliffs, where the short par 4, fourteenth- the signature hole- had us in raptures, taking happy snaps from all angles.
The fourteenth green is set well below the fairway and has the white caps crashing against nearby cliffs as a backdrop.
The green is surrounded by expansive bunkering, and artistically styled wooden paths and steps.
It just looks awesome!
The biggest disappointment with the course are holes 16 & 17.
Hole 16 is clearly a connecting hole to get you back up the hill, and is just awkward with severe cross hill fairways and a creek through the middle.
Hole 17 was compromised with a road reroute, and does not have the same interest as the rest of the course.
Nevertheless Pezula was a delight to play, and all who played rated it highly.
You will want to return to Pezula!
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