Good course, very pretty, quite tough
Simola Golf Estate
The 186 mile long ‘Garden Route’ is home to some of the most picturesque golf courses in South Africa and located in the hills above Knysna, Simola Golf Estate is no exception to this. The rolling hills of the countryside provide the perfect backdrop to one of Jack Nicklaus’s most stunning courses. The hotel itself is a fantastic 5 star establishment which provides guests with some of the best spa and relaxation facilities in the country. Knysna town is only 6km away and with attractions like Knysna Elephant Park and Knysna Heads there is more than just the golf course to marvel at when staying at Simola Country Club.
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Simola Golf Estate
Simola golf course opened in 2005 and is 6,597 yards of truly stunning golf. The par 72 course has no two holes the same and is comprised of an unusual layout with five par 5s and par 3s. The first 7 holes gift player’s with an incredible view of Knysna Heads and the Lagoon whilst the remaining 11 holes overlook the river. Arguably the course's signature hole is the beautiful short par 4 second. The tee shot is played from a well elevated tee where all seven fairway and greenside bunkers can be seen as well as a vast majority of the front nine.
Simola golf estate is designed by 18 time major winning champion Jack Nicklaus. The course is one of only 200 Jack Nicklaus signature courses in the world and is considered a must play for any golfer visiting South Africa. In true Nicklaus fashion the course is no walkover when played right from the back, but can still provide an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all abilities when played off the correct tees.
Simola golf estate is the perfect place for everyone to enjoy their holiday. The hotel is completely child friendly allow families of all ages to enjoy this special part of truly fascinating country. The extensive range of spa facilities also makes Simola one of the best hotels around with players and family alike able to relax, enjoy and recover (from a hard round) whilst taking in the previously mentioned incredible views.
Knysna is at the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ and is one of South Africa’s leading tourist towns. The hotel is ideally located just an 11 minute drive from the beautiful Knysna Quays where there are a plethora of fantastic restaurants for guests to enjoy when they are not playing golf or basking in the sun such as 34 South and JJ’s restaurant. Fresh seafood, amazing steaks and wonderful wine is an abundance at Knysna Quays and the view is no slouch either, with the harbour and lagoon being the focal point of every restaurant.
Before the round pay a visit to the outstanding pro shop which contains state of the art golf equipment and accessories that can help you score low. Player’s on the day also have exclusive access to the superb driving range and putting green where they can hone their skills for the round ahead. Enjoy a drink after your round whilst soaking up the spectacular South African sunshine from the comfort of the incredible clubhouse. Guests can also rent a buggy which is recommended as the undulated nature of the golf course can be tiring to walk.
Accommodation at Simola Golf Estate
The 325 Hectare estate is perceived as one of the most desirable golfing destinations in South Africa. Built in the Knysna hills, the hotel overlooks 13 of the 18 holes on the course and also provides guests with breathtaking views of the Knysna lagoon and Indian Ocean in the distance. Simola hotel is truly a home away from home where guests can enjoy the serenity of their surroundings from one of the 42 luxurious suites. Each suite is 145 square metres with 2 en suite bedrooms, interactive TV and DVD player, wireless internet, covered patio and air conditioning designed to make sure even the non-golfer have an incredible stay at this glorious golfing resort.The restaurant at Simola Golf estate is a delicious bistro menu, where guests can dine in style during breakfast and dinner every day. Those looking for a light lunch can find that in the golf club lounge. The hotel also boasts a unique glass windowed wine cellar which means you are never far away from the amazing panoramic views.
- Pro Shop
- Putting Greens
- Club House
- Championship Standard Course
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