No.1 Old Cape Rd,
Knysna, Western Cape 6570
Office+27 (0)44 302 9600
Pro shop+27 (0)44 302 9677
Fax+27(0)44 382 6826
Golf proJamie Kietzmann (Golf Director)
18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
60 km E of George
Approaching Knysna on the N2 from Cape Town direction, cross the Knysna River bridge, then drive alongside the lagoon for approx 3 km. Turn left into Old Cape Road (alongside the lagoon), then left again. Follow the winding road uphill for approx 4 km to Simola Estate and golf.
Simola Golf & Country Estate: In the early 2000s several new golf courses appeared on South Africa's Garden Route, with few able to rival the quality of layout and spectacular views to be enjoyed at Simola. Perched high in the hills behind Knysna, the views down onto the Knysna River, Knysna Lagoon and The Heads (where the river flows into the sea) are nothing short of sensational.
With five par-5s and five par-3s, Nicklaus's layout contains many memorable holes and plenty of elevation change. The two nine-hole loops straddle a ridge and are each arranged in their own natural amphitheatre, where the holes meander back-and-forth over pleasantly undulating, lightly wooded terrain. Although the layout is more compact than some of Nicklaus's more expansive layouts, there is always sufficient width for no two holes to get in each other's way.
Excellent bunkering rather than an over-profusion of water provide the main hazards to be avoided, but it could be that the greens will give you the biggest challenge. The usually good-sized putting surfaces are home to a mesmerising array of slopes and borrows that would provide a tough test for dedicated tour professionals, let alone aspiring amateurs.
Housing around the course is confined to a few large villas that are set so far back as not to intrude in the slightest. Of many excellent holes, the par-4 13th is a gem, played downhill to a well-bunkered green. It is followed by a shortish par-3, where a small bowl of a green is handsomely framed within a picturesque enclave of tall pine trees.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2022].
Simola is located high in the hills above the very popular town of Knysna, which many would describe as the oyster capital of South Africa, and certainly one of the busiest tourist destinations on the Garden Route. The quality and variety of golf on offer in and around Knysna, is also a major plus factor.
Knysna's colourful history spans the days of sailing ships, timber extraction and even a brief period of gold discovery. The vast, indigenous forests just to the north of Knysna became an invaluable source of timber for buildings, ships and wagons from the mid- 1700's onwards. The forests are still home to the only forest-dwelling elephants in South Africa.
17th best course in South Africa (SA Top 100 website, 2022).
Old Cape Rd, Knysna.
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Simola Hotel & Spa offers guests 5-star facilities that include the Orchid Room Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Sir Roy's Bar, the Club Café for light meals, a professional hair salon, and Spa with a fully equipped gymnasium. In addition to the world class golf course golfing facilities include a club house lounge and bar, luxury locker rooms and Pro-shop.
Plettenberg Bay (35 km); Goose valley (40 km)
Simola Estate, Old Cape Road, Knysna
+27(0)44 382 4116/9Visit website
Simola Lodge offers overnight guests a choice of five sensual en-suite rooms - equipped with all the creature comforts imaginable. All suites have the use of sun decks, with views of the beautiful Knysna Lagoon and the surrounding indigenous forest.
Plettenberg Bay (35 km); Goose valley (40 km)
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