Pearl Valley Golf ClubCape Town, South Africa
Pearl Valley officially opened in November 2003 by Nicklaus and South African great, Gary Player, Pearl Valley was named the Best New Golf Course of the year by Golf Digest magazine in 2005. The championship course has been ranked among the top 10 courses in South Africa by Golf Digest magazine every year since 2006 up to and including 2015 and named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012/2013 and again for 2014/2015 by Golf Digest magazine. Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate was also awarded the Five Star Experience Award by Complete Golfer for six consecutive years.
The home of the South African Open for three consecutive years (2007, 2008 and 2009) provides you with a stern yet enjoyable golfing test. During the 2008 South African Open, 2007 U.S. master’s Champion Trevor Immelmann was full of praise saying, “The course is in incredible condition, it really is. That’s the way I expected the course to be, to a high standard, and they have always turned out a fantastic course, for the members day-in day-out. I really feel like these fairways; they are some of the best, if not the best, that I’ve ever played on.”
Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate has two signature holes, Nos. 4 and 13, with both offering majestic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The 4th hole is challenging, with limited margin for error as you need to cross the creek three times en route to a tricky green. This par 5 is regularly listed as one of the best par 5’s in South Africa, epitomizing the concept of “risk and reward.” The 13th hole is a daunting par 3. As the water cuts from the right and a greenside bunker awaits, one is captivated by the tee shot. This hole tests both your ball striking and your nerve.