Val de Vie Estate is home to an iconic Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course – one of only six in South Africa. The unique touch of golf legend Jack Nicklaus is evident throughout the pristine course. Rated by Golf Digest magazine as the 5th best in the country for 2018/2019, it is on the must-play list of local and international golfers. 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 ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest magazine every year since 2006 up to and including 2019 and named the ‘Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape’ from 2010 – 2019 by Golf Digest magazine.
2007 US Masters Champion Trevor Immelman was full of praise about the course when he played it during the SA Open, “it is in incredible condition. These fairways are some of the best, if not the best, I have ever played on.”
Pearl Valley has two signature holes, 4th and 13th, 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 in South Africa, epitomising the ideals of ‘risk and reward’. The 13th hole is a daunting par 3 that will test both your ball strike and your nerve. As the water cuts from the right and a greenside bunker waits, one is captivated by the tee shot.
The overall experience is far more than the exquisite greens and fairways. An award-winning combination of golfing luxury and natural beauty awaits from the time you arrive. An unforgettable experience begins with a professional welcome at The Golf Shop followed by the opportunity to change in the luxury locker rooms whilst your clubs are taken to your cart. A gentle warm-up on some of the best practice facilities in the country and your lifelong memorable experience can commence.
The golf course fits perfectly within the greater Val de Vie Estate. Encapsulating luxury and comfortable family living, the country-feel of the estate is evident throughout. Home to over 130 bird species, zebra, Cape grysbok and springbok – the natural splendor and spacious surroundings provide a place to enjoy life to the fullest.