Mark Sampson wrote a piece for Compleat Golfer and describes Pezula Championship Golf Course as ‘one of South Africa’s elite courses’. Praising the location of our beautiful, challenging and rewarding golf course, Sampson further describes the course as having a ‘hint of the US and Scotland’.
This can naturally be attributed to our lush green fairways that gleefully unfold across the Eastern Head of Knysna on which we find ourselves. Being located in Knysna is certainly a blessing that we’re all too aware of. The beautiful town is rich in history and emits a certain mystical air of intrigue. Thus, as Sampson himself says, a trip to Pezula Championship Golf Course is a real treat, as you get o explore the fabulous surrounding areas.
“It has a certain American feel to it, with ample bunkers and strongly contoured greens. The designers say the layout could best be compared to a combination of Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands and Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula” – Mark Sampson
While the sheer beauty and playability of the course is evident from the get-go, it is always nice to receive international accolades. We pride ourselves on our course, and being noticed by those in the know, our peers, is always a satisfying feeling.
As Sampson notes, Pezula Championship Golf Course has received numerous awards over the years. These awards include the Golf Digest Best New Golf Course award in 2001, as well as being voted as Best Golf Development and Best Sustainable Development by Homes Oversees magazine in 2006.
In 2010, Pezula Championship Golf Course ranked 7th in the world in The World’s Best Golf Resorts.
But besides the numerous awards and accolades, it’s the intricacies of the course that makes it so exciting to play. As Sampson puts it:
“At 5 963m off the club tees, the course is a respectable length and if the wind is up it can be incredibly tough. The fairways are fair and a number of risk-and-reward short par fours allow for the better player to gain shots. One of the most attractive aspects of the course is its authenticity regarding course management and shot-making, with no blind shots or gimmicky doglegs.
The two nines differ in layout and surroundings. The front nine is etched out of the higher ground of fynbos and ends with a view of Knysna Lagoon and the town below. The back nine offers massive changes in altitude as it winds down to the ocean, with the 14th having stunning views of the coastline and secluded beaches”.
Pezula’s 14th hole is its signature hole. Not only is it one of the most exciting holes to play, it is one of the most scenic. This short par four hole as incredible views of the coastline and secluded beaches.
Other notable holes at Pezula, as per Sampson, are the 5th hole and the final hole.
“The 5th is a 180m par three with an Augusta feel, featuring large trees surrounding the expansive green. The length, numerous bunkers and sheer size of the green make for a difficult par.”
“The final hole at Pezula is a tantalising carrot for the longer hitters and a test of accuracy for your average golfer. At 452m, it’s a par five reachable in two. The sliding dogleg from right to left has generous fairways protected by thick coastal bush for any wayward shots and can prove intimidating when the wind is up. The landing area is safe, but nearer to the hole two fairway bunkers await a wayward layup. The two-tiered green is huge and protected by seven deep pot bunkers. It’s a strong finishing hole which leads you back to the impressive clubhouse.”
Mark Sampson agrees that Pezula has an undeniable and almost tangible charm about it. From the course to the stunning clubhouse, the location and even the surrounding natural beauty, Pezula Championship Course is elegant, exciting and downright exquisite.
“The Pezula layout is enchanting, with an easy flow, a wide variety of unique holes and views around every corner. Having five tees to play from, the distance can be dramatically varied from day to day. Seldom do you find it in less than perfect condition” – Mark Sampson