Knysna is unique in the fact that fishing, canoeing, skiing, golfing, whale watching, hiking, surfing, fine dining, to name but a few are available within a short distance of each other.
Take golf for an example.
In the precincts of Knysna we are blessed with three beautiful, world-ranking courses.
Firstly, let us take a look at the Simola Golf Club. Situated in the northern hills of Knysna, this beautiful, undulating Jack Nicklaus masterpiece affords a truly memorable golfing experience. Ranked 14th in the top 100 South African golf courses, it affords gloriously broad fairways that flow with the natural lie of the terrain. Every hole boasts exceptional views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. It merges with the lush indigenous vegetation, stretching all the way down to the Knysna River, never seeming to encroach on its natural habitat but seemingly to enhance it.
Once you have completed your game on this challenging course, enjoy a tipple on the balcony at the bar and be witness to one of the most beautiful views to be experienced at any golf course anywhere in the world. The luscious green hills stretch down into the valley and the lagoon. In the far distance lies the sentinel famous Knysna Heads and a dynamic ocean beyond.
The Simola Golf Club is also well known for hosting charitable golf events that give support to the local community and schools. The club further offers amazing spa facilities for those who prefer to be spoilt than endure the challenges out on the course, or being pampered after a day chasing that white ball. Your day can be capped with a meal at their gourmet restaurant.
Travel across the valley to the coastal course on Knysna’s eastern Head, the Pezula Championship Golf Course. This breath-taking, award-winning course offers visitors an unsurpassed golfing experience and rates amongst the best and most scenic golf courses in the world. Since February 2005 the Complete Golfer magazine has rated the Pezula Championship course as a Five Star Golf Experience every year!
Pezula provides you with a sweeping vista of fairways and greens rolling over the indigenous landscape with the Indian Ocean always in close and commanding proximity.
As Pezula overlooks the sea it is subject to the variable weather that dishes up everything from idyllic to stimulating for its golfers.
This golf course also boasts an internationally recognised resort and spa as well as a memorable restaurant experience.
Driving back down the Heads towards Knysna, with the lagoon on the left we take a right turn and arrive at Knysna’s oldest golf course. The Knysna Golf Club, founded in 1909 spent a few years trying to find its roots on various sites, eventually finding its final destination in the Hunters Home environment during 1952.
Unlike Simola and Pezula Golf Courses, the Knysna Golf course is flat with many a tidal water hazard, raised undulating greens, strategic bunkering and the fact that the course is at sea level makes the course play much longer than the 5820 metres on the card. The course actually boasts a couple of holes that are below sea level!
This course meanders through tidal pools and magnificent indigenous trees. It has a testing links/parkland layout which has been enhanced over the past 10 years and it now has some of the best greens in the Southern Cape.
Although flat and easy to walk, the course still provides players of all levels with a good challenge and a rewarding golfing experience. Like Simola, the wind factor, which so often plagues coastal courses, is minimal.
However, if you are looking to play something less challenging and with more of a family orientation, there are two 9 hole courses in close proximity to Knysna that may suit your needs.
The first is the Blackwaters 9 Hole Mashie course opposite the Buffels Bay turnoff next to the N2. Here you play short holes alongside the river amongst beautiful trees.
Lastly there is the Sedgefield Links situated just west of Sedgefield next to the N2.This 9 hole course can be challenging as was proved when the best played the inaugural South African PGA Par3 tournament there during 2014. The course can also accommodate younger players who would like to play a game of golf with his or her dad in a very relaxed environment.
So all in all if you want to have a game of golf you are going to be pretty spoilt for choice! But the good news is that you are not going to be caught in traffic getting to these golf courses - just the answer for a city and e-toll stressed visitor!!