Pearl Valley Golf Course – Franschhoek

Pearl Valley Golf Course – Franschhoek

Proclaimed the ‘most influential man in golf’ Jack Nicklaus put his signature to this course. And what a masterpiece Pearl Valley is! Favorite by locals and international visitors alike, this course, the clubhouse, its staff and the whole entourage offers a golfing experience which you will never forget.

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Situated amongst orchards and vineyards in between Franschhoek and Paarl, Pearl Valley is surrounded by the Simonsberg and Drakenstein Mountains and bordered by vineyards with The Berg River water hazard running through it.

Nicklaus has stayed true to his design principles by working closely with nature and has provided a golf course that fits in with the environment. This fairly flat and largely uninterrupted terrain enabled Nicklaus the freedom to develop hole strategies making this a golf course the golfer has to think his/her way around. It was indeed on this course that I first brought ‘course management’ into play: this course is not about hitting a long ball (although it does help…), but more about carefully planning your next shot.

In its engineering and planning detail, the course is very rare. It is crossed by roads in only three places, and the drainage system allows play to continue just minutes after a severe cloudburst. These however hardly ever happen; on the contrary in the hot summer months it is easy to see why – even on this almost flat course – a cart is not just mere luxury, but an absolute necessity: temperatures in between the mountain ranges can soar up into the 40’s, with hardly any shade around.

By all means: if you are serious about playing golf in South Africa, Pearl Valley has to be on your itinerary!

Course facilities:

  • 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
  • Rental pull carts: no
  • Rental electric carts/buggies: yes (compulsory, included in the greenfees)
  • Golf lessons: yes

Course information:

  • Course type: Parklands
  • Course designer: Jack Nicklaus
  • Founded/built: 2003
  • Rating: 18-hole, par 74
  • Course length: 5,878 meters (club/men) / 5,586 meters (seniors) / 4,706 meters (ladies)
  • Grass type(s): Bent Grass (greens) / Ryegrass (fairways) / Fescue (rough)

Dress code:

  • Collared, smart casual or golf shirts – no t-shirts;
  • Gents: tailored shorts or slacks;
  • Ladies: capri, slacks, skirts or shorts;
  • No jeans or camouflage trousers;
  • Soft spike golf shoes only – no trainers;
  • Short golf socks are permitted. (width: 590; height: 400) goes here

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Pearl Valley golf packages

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