• Overview

    The purpose of the South Africa golf tour is to play some wonderful golf courses and to truly experience South Africa at its finest, both the stunning coastal and mountain settings, as well as the unique character and charisma of South African society.  We have been touring South Africa annually now for more than 20 years, but each time we set foot on the plane to come home, we simply want to be stepping off it again to commence the return trip.  We will also ensure that the ambience and hospitality of the tour is first class; it is a social tour as much as a golf tour, and we will experience wonderful restaurants, wine estates as well as getting a real feel for the regions of South Africa that we visit.Have a look at the itinerary for details of the hotels and golf courses we will be visiting.To book a place on the tour, please call or email Iain, or send a booking request via the web-site and we will then confirm your booking accordingly.  I very much hope to see you in South Africa early next year.

    David Short

  • Itinerary

    Wednesday 26th February – Welcome to the Garden Route

    If you are joining the tour at this point, please fly into George Airport and transfers will be provided to the hotel.  As with the previous years’ tours we will be staying at the 5-Star Pezula Resort Hotel, one of South Africa’s top 25 hotels.  The Resort is set on the cliffs above Knysna, between the Knysna Heads to the west and Noetzie Beach, with its famous castles to the east.  The hotel provides the finest luxury, all amenities imagineable, as well as having the dramatic Pezula golf course on site.

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna      

    Thursday 27th February – Knysna Golf Club

    We commence the golf programme on the Garden Route playing the most pleasant Knysna Golf Club, which is located very close to the hotel.  Nestled on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon and close to the Knysna Heads, the course meanders through tidal pools and between magnificent indigenous trees.  The course has been enhanced greatly over the past twenty years or so since we have been playing it and it has some of the best greens in the Southern Cape. We will book morning tee-times, which will provide time in the afternoon to explore Knysna, so frequently voted South Africa’s favourite town.

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

    Friday 28th February – Goose Valley Golf Club

    The Goose Valley Golf Club, on the periphery of Plettenberg Bay, provides breathtaking views of the Keurbooms Lagoon, the Indian Ocean, the spectacular Tsitsikamma Mountains and the famous Robberg Peninsula.  The beauty of the natural fynbos, indigenous trees and an abundance of animal and bird life also add a special dimension to the golfing experience.  Furthermore, an excellent blend of indigenous and coniferous trees compliments the picturesque views and water features, which all add up to provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities.

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

    Saturday 29th February – Non Golfing Day

    Increasingly over the years we have found that the formal sightseeing days have become less popular, as clients like to relax for the day or head into town to shop, browse and potter around.  We are therefore not putting any formal arrangements in place for this day.  However, Trevor and I will provide an option on the day.  For example, on a recent tour we visited Noetzie beach in the morning before enjoying a fine lunch.  We will do something very similar, perhaps heading to Brenton on Sea on this occasion, but I will take soundings from everyone first and we will then put some suitable arrangements in place for the day.

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

    Sunday 1st March – Simola Golf Club

    Year after year this is the course that clients rave about and want to play over and over.  The Simola course as a golf course challenge is magnificent, but add in the setting, and the jaw drops at the splendour of the forest and the views over the valleys and the Indian Ocean in the distance.  Simola is the first Jack Nicklaus signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land.  The course offers challenge and reward amidst the spectacular scenery.  Set below the high ridges, the course is free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. The fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5s and five par 3s adds a new dimension to the round.  It’s par for the course that every hole boasts exceptional views; either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

    Monday 2nd March – Plettenberg Bay Golf Club

    My personal favourite!  Plettenberg Bay Golf Club is a traditional parkland course, but in a truly South African setting and over the years I have just come to love to play it.  The course is easy to walk, and the two main inclines can be observed from the veranda of the Clubhouse.  Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass, provide us with an excellent playing surface.  The course also has no intrusive houses or traffic noise and is populated only with indigenous flora and fauna. The natural beauty of the course has been carefully retained.   Baboons, vervet monkeys, birdlife like the Knysna loerie and woodpeckers as well as the occasional bushbuck and deer, are the most likely distraction to our game.  After the round we will head into Plettenberg Bay and the Lookout Deck & Restaurant, which has one of the most spectacular settings along the Garden Route and serves very good food too!

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

    Tuesday 3rd March – Pezula Golf Club

    For the last round on the Garden Route we tackle the breathtaking and award-winning on-site Pezula Golf Club, which provides one of the ultimate challenges in the area.  A tough challenge, with some of the best scenery from a golf course in South Africa, we will certainly be putting ourselves to the challenge today.  There will also be time in the afternoon to explore the town a little more, or indeed to pack in readiness for the next leg of the journey.  I would certainly recommend wandering down to Noetzie Beach, which is a wonderful beach in its own right (but dangerous to swim from because of the currents), but made all the more spectacular with the castles that are present just above the shore line.  They have to be seen to be believed!

    Overnight at the Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Knysna

    Wednesday 4th March – Departures, homeward bound or onward to the Eastern Cape

    After breakfast, we say farewell to the Garden Route and head to George airport for the journey home.However, if you are not quite ready to return to winter in the northern hemisphere, join me for a Game Reserve extension at the Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. We will transfer from Pezula to Kariega and then enjoy three days of game drives and leisure, before heading back to the UK.

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price Per Golfer:
£1,995.00

Price Per Non Golfer:
£1,675.00


Single Room Supplement:
£75.00 per person per night


For this trip we can accommodate
16 clients

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your tour host, David Short

– Accommodation

– Daily breakfast

– Daily transfers

– Golf

– Sightseeing as illustrated


Price Excludes:

– International and internal airfares

– Drinks or meals unless stated


Note on the internal flights

– If you will be returning home at the end of this week, please book your return flight from George to the UK, via Cape Town or Johannesburg