Designed by Ronald Fream, Pezula 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 climbed significantly to the Pezula resort site which has jaw dropping views over the ocean as well as the extensive saltwater lagoon.
The resort was a real treat to stay at- one of those places you will always hope to go back to- with staff always warm and friendly, and with fabulous rooms and facilities.
But it was the golf course we came to see, and on a sunny, blue sky day we ventured on to the course.
It was a roller coaster thrill 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 the ridge, and is cleverly routed with a run of holes that vary enormously, but all feel like they belong together.
The par 5 1st hole has a ravine carry, and a semi blind uphill 3rd shot to a difficult green, and is too difficult, and takes too long to play, in my opinion.
Still, it gets your attention, and the course never let's go from that point on until late in the back nine.
There are a plethora of exciting, challenging, gorgeous golf holes with strategic bunkering, plenty of long carries, and camera snaps everywhere.
I particularly liked the difficult par 4 2nd, and 4th holes, and the Nicklaus like par 3 5th.
The back nine continues the ride with 3 very interesting holes up near the top of the ridge followed by the unforgettable 300 metre fall on the par 5, 13th hole which took us down to the Oceanside cliffs where the short par 4, 14th- the signature hole had us taking happy snaps from all angles.
The 14th green is set well below the fairway with the white caps crashing against nearby cliffs as a backdrop. The green is surrounded by expansive bunkering, and clever wooden paths and steps.
It just looks awesome!
Probably the biggest disappointment with the course is holes 16 & 17.
Hole 16 is clearly a connecting hole to get you back up the hill, and is just awkward with its severe uphill, cross hill fairways with a creek through the middle, and 17 looks like an afterthought - I believe the hole was rerouted with a road going in, and will be redesigned again soon.
Nevertheless Pezula was a delight to play, and all who played rated it highly.
It is a course , and place to stay, you will love to go back to, and never forget
The Travelling Golfer