• Overview

    If you are joining the tour at this point, please fly in to George Airport and transfers will be provided to the hotel.

    Please see the Itinerary for more details of this wonderful tour.

    David Short

  • Itinerary

    Friday 23rd February – Welcome to the Garden Route

    In terms of the accommodation for the week, we are heading back to where we first started our South African odyssey many years ago, the Protea Quays Hotel on the Knysna Quays.  What is most important with the Knysna Quays Hotel is to book the Lagoon Facing rooms, which we have done.  To wake up and draw the curtains with the panorma of the Knysna Lagoon before us is an inspirational way to start the day.  The hotel is also perfectly situated for the many excellent restaurants on the Knysna Quays itself and it is only a short stroll to the main high street in the town.  The hotel also has a heated outdoor swimming pool and a Wellness centre for massages.  With regards to the golf, we will be playing the old favourites, Knysna, Simola and Plettenburg Bay. In the depths of the British winter, there are few better places to escape to than the Garden Route in South Africa.

    Overnight at The Knysna Quays Hotel, Knysna Waterfront

    Saturday 24th 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 Knysna Quays Hotel, Knysna Waterfront

    Sunday 25th February – 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 bay view 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 Knysna Quays Hotel, Knysna Waterfront

    Monday 26th February – Sightseeing / Excursion Day  

    Over the years we have migrated from full-on sightseeing day tours to a more measured approach of a little sightseeing and an exceptional lunch!  And it is the latter approach that we will again take on this day.  We will explore some of the Garden Route in the morning, and then locate ourselves at a super restaurant for a most convivial lunch.  A little more sightseeing on the way back to Knysna before we prepare for another fine meal in the evening.

    Overnight at The Knysna Quays Hotel, Knysna Waterfront

    Tuesday 27th February – 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 Knysna Quays Hotel, Knysna Waterfront

    Wednesday 28th February – Homeward bound!

    After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and head to George airport for the journey home, or there is the opportunity to extend the holiday with a further round of golf and a stay at a Game Reserve, all in the Eastern Cape!

  • 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:

Price Per Non Golfer:

Single Room Supplement:
£50.00 per person per night

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your tour host, David Short

– Accommodation

– Daily breakfast

– Daily transfers

– Golf

– Sightseeing / activities as illustrated

Price Excludes:

– International and internal airfares

– Drinks or meals unless stated