Arabella was part of a 10 day FAM Trip to South Africa last March and one of the most expected courses to visit, due to some reviews I have read and to that fantastic 8th hole. I can tell I was not disappointed, the course is excellent from beginning to end, mantained in pristine shape and very well designed. Every single hole was something special and the course is very challenging. I cannot find weak points on it, the views are fantastic with the pond and the sea in most of the holes and the hotel is simply perfect, a very recomendable spot to stay. I can say holes 3rd (a very tough and long par 4 with water on the left), 4th (strong dog leg to the right to a small green), 15-16th two great par 4s downhill looking to the ocean are great holes, but for sure 8-9-17-18 are the 4 best holes on the course. The 8th, Signature Hole, is a strong downhill par 5 were drive is not that tough and there is space, but second shot if you go for it has danger (water) on both sides and the path gest narrow and narrow when you get close to the green. The 9th is a reachable par 4 which I eagled (drove it towards 15 feet and made the putt), not a tough hole but very nice and were risk-reward is in a great balance, with views of the lake, the hotel and the ocean. The 17th is a very nice par 3, were you have to be accurate and 3 is a great score. And finally 18th, a great finishing hole where you can get a very good chance of birdie or score very high figures, you need to keep left of the fairway and be smart with the 2nd if you wish to have an easy approach. An overall great experience, mandatory to play if you go to South Africa (a mandatory trip I can say, great food, golf and people) and for sure a place you will want to go back.
Date: May 07, 2013