Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations. It is also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land. I want to play this course!
The course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Set below the high ridges, it is free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5′s and five par 3′s adds a new dimension to the game.Every hole boasts exceptional views: the 1st nine mostly over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below, whereas the 2nd nine offer mostly views out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to The Knysna Heads and onto the Indian Ocean on the horizon. Insiders’ tip: take your camera to the champions tee-box on the 2nd to enjoy the most spectacular views in this direction, before hitting what may seem to be an ‘endless flight’ drive close to or onto the green far below.Going back and forth over the ridge makes is clear immediately that the compulsory cart is not just a welcome luxury addition to the exceptional golf experience, but a mere necessity to cover the vast extend of the immaculate golfing grounds.The strategically placed bunkers – Jack Nicklaus’ signature can be seen all over the course – make this course a challenge for the even most experienced golfer. Add to that the uneven stances of the indulating fairways, the fast greens and a few intimidating tee-shots and you have a course which will bring back memories of a spectacular and most interesting round of golf months if not years after you have come home again.P.S. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
For a fact
- The adjacent Simola Hotel was host to the Danish soccer team during the World Cup Soccer in 2010;
- Jack Nicklaus not only put his signature to the course design, but came out in person to officially open the course in 2005
- Driving range: yes
- Practice green: yes
- Putting and chipping area: yes
- Locker rooms: yes
- Halfway house: yes
- Bar/lounge: yes
- Restaurant: yes
- Caddies: no
- Rental clubs: yes/no
- Rental pull carts: no
- Rental electric carts/buggies: yes (compulsory)
- Golf lessons: yes
- Course type: Parklands
- Course designer: Jack Nicklaus
- Founded/built: 2005
- Rating: 18-holes, par 72
- Course length: 6,318 meters (club/men) / 4,856 meters (ladies)
- Grass type(s): bent grass (greens) / kikuyu (fairways) / natural grasses, fynbos and indigenous vegetation (rough)
- Normal golf attire;
- Soft spikes only.
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From the Cape Town / George direction: – Follow the N2 to Knysna; – As the road winds its way around the Knysna Lagoon, turn left at the 2nd robot/lights; – Follow the Old Cape Road for approximately 4.2km until you see the Simola entrance on your left; – If you find yourself on a dirt road, you’ve gone too far…. – Driving time George (Airport) – Simola: ~1hr
From the Port Elizabeth / St. Francis direction: – Get onto the N2 towards Plettenberg Bay / Knysna; – Follow the N2 through Knysna town until you get the Knysna Lagoon on your left hand side again; – At the next robots/lights, turn right; – Then follow directions as above. – Driving time St. Francis – Simola: ~1hr30min.
Less than 5km. from the course: 6 to 10km. from the course: Knysna Country House
11 to 25km. from the course: 26 to 50km. from the course: 51+km. from the course:
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