Simola - Western Cape - South Africa

Simola Golf & Country Estate,
1 Old Cape Road,
Knysna 6570,
South Africa

  • +27 (0) 44 302 9667

  • Alistair Beaumont

  • Jack Nicklaus

  • Jamie Kietzmann

The Jack Nicklaus designed Simola opened in 2005 – only the third Golden Bear signature course in South Africa – and it sits majestically on a wooded landscape overlooking the Knysna River, with the Outeniqua mountain range in the background.

The course is parkland in nature, unusually configured with five par threes and five par fives, and it’s routed between two valleys that are divided by the Simola Ridge. The opening seven holes overlook Knysna Heads and Lagoon and the remaining holes, on the other side of the ridge, enjoy great river views.

One of the best holes is played early in the round at the short par four 2nd. This dramatic hole is played from a tee perched high above the fairway and from this vantage point, all seven fairway and greenside bunkers can be viewed, allowing golfers the opportunity to plan the best two shot route to the target.
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Description: The Jack Nicklaus designed Simola opened in 2005 – only the third Golden Bear signature course in South Africa – and it sits majestically on a wooded landscape overlooking the Knysna River... Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Simola vs Pezula is a frequent debate... for me Pezula was too gimmicky for a first visit and I enjoyed Simola much more.

Simola is a Jack special. Big wide fairways, huge bunkers, massive sloping greens and an emphasis on your second shot.

Certainly one of the hilliest courses I have ever played as the course is located on the side of a mountain but the course makes the most of this with some wonderful fun holes with great elevation changes.

The course was in A1 condition the day we played it... pristine fairways and slick but receptive greens. The only downside were the bunkers which were soft and wet on the surface but with a very hard layer of compacted sand 2cms down which made geenside splash shots almost impossible.

The final takeaways were the views. I have been lucky to play Pebble, Whistling Straits, Kingsbarns and many other fantastic courses but the views from Simola beats them all.

A great experience and a wonderful place.

6 / 6
February 23, 2017

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We played this one and Pezula on the same day, which was pretty exhausting, but not a bad experience at all! I will say that with the name of Jack plus the piece of land you can admire from the Club House, you can expect something really good. It will not disappoint you, but in all the Fam Trip attendants it is nSimola Golf Course - Photo by reviewerot as good as her neighbour. Said this, it is a very good course, very playable and with greens of the highest quality, they were yes at the highest standard of all the trip. some putters we faced were very very fast, due not only to the quality of the grass and maintenance, but also to the level changes. We played some spectacular holes: 1, tee shot 2nd from almost 50m of the fairway, 8th, 9th, 10th, a lot of great shots which demand not only accuracy but also imagination. Long par 3 6th, playing almost 225yds is maybe the most dramatic shot to a green located 20m below the tee level, with a very dense wood playing as hazard on the right side. Short 8th is also great, were you can go for it and par 3 9 is very tough, with the green breaking from end to beginning quite a lot. The best part of this property is the very nice villas adyacent to the course, which you can rent at very affordable prices. So if you want to save some money from staying at Fancourt, this is the place! If you plan a trip to South Africa stay at Fancourt and play: Links, Montagu, Oubaai, Pinnacle Point, Simola and Pezula. I challenge you to find something better around the world!
4 / 6
July 05, 2013

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