The Pinnacle Point Golf Adventure

When approaching Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate for a day of golf there are many reasons to anticipate something special and out of the ordinary. A conventional round of golf is certainly not be expected and the outing should more appropriately be described as a golfing adventure with the added bonus of an opportunity to experience and absorb the ambience of the dramatic, spectacular coast line from an vantage point high above the Indian Ocean at the gateway to the Garden Route of South Africa.

First impressions of the terrain and layout of the Pinnacle Point Golf Course are awesome and perhaps a bit intimidating, but not to be feared because the designer has ensured that the course is suitable to golfers of all skill levels. Numerous bailout areas are available and tee boxes are placed at distances to suit everybody’s game (especially the ladies have a bit of an advantage). ‘’Risk- reward’’ options are numerous for players going for the ‘tiger line’.

The course blends unobtrusively into the environment which consists mainly of ‘Cape fynbos’. One feels pride and in a way privileged to invite global golfers to a facility with such outstanding features.  There is a high likelihood that it will emerge as one of the top ten golf destinations in Africa, if not in the world. Add to this the ever green fairways, expertly contoured greens, chasms and cliffs and soon it becomes clear why it was voted as one of the top ten new courses in the world by an American Leisure magazine in the year 2006. (Various accolades also came from the local and international press)  

Seven of the Pinnacle Point golf holes are located right on the shoreline. Some of the greens are so close to the precipices that the acrophobics among us should perhaps control their golf balls in such a way as to avoid ending on the ‘wrong’ side of these greens and therefore having to put with these dizzying heights just behind, or next to them…

Because of the length of the course and the sensitivity of the environment only electric golf carts are allowed for playing golf on the course. The Mossel Bay area is also known as the ‘Karoo-by- the-sea’ with a temperate climate but with the location of the Pinnacle Point Golf Course right on the shoreline, as well as elevated high above the mighty Indian Ocean it is frequently exposed to on shore wind needing that additional calculation to be made when planning the next shot.

A typical example of risk/ reward is on Hole 8, Par 4: This is also one of the signature holes
When the westerly winds blow, the green can be reached by a direct approach shot over a gorge with the Indian Ocean far down below. After a 200-metre carry you are on the green for an eagle put.  If the player decides rather not to take the direct route to the green, he can keep left towards the fairway, with perhaps a 5-wood, and then approach the low-lying green with a short iron for a reasonably easy par…

Pinnacle Point Golf Course is blessed with a number of very interesting signature holes.  Normally where golf courses have one or perhaps two signature holes, this golf course boasts no less than seven.

What to expect when visiting Pinnacle Point for a round of golf.
Members, guests of a member or a visitor staying over on the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate qualify to play the course.
A day of golf starts after reporting to the reception area. The practice greens and driving range are located in this area. (See images below).The range balls are of good quality and stacked in pyramids. While warming up, one is constantly distracted by the stunning scenery. A few minutes before tee off time you are transported down the mountain to the Pinnacle Point Clubhouse and allocated with a two-seat electric golf cart by the helpful and friendly attendants.  The cart method works well to expedite the round of play because of the length of layout. Typical of South African rounds of golf is the concept of the ‘halfway house’ where a short break is taken (well deserved after the intensity of the previous few holes) to eat a snack and relish a drink of your choice. Replenished after a well deserved break(and stocked up with more golf balls) one feels energetic and ready to continue with the back nine.  

The day is concluded in the Pinnacle Point Club House in ultimate luxury. Once settled in the luxurious chairs of the clubhouse, inside or outdoors on the veranda as some global golfer once quite accurately described it as’ almost like sitting on the deck of an ocean liner’’, an ideal environment for extensive discussions on the days golf. Be certain that there will be a lot to discuss.

When staying over on the Pinnacle Point Resort one should on the alert to visit the other famous garden route courses although the temptation will always be there to play th Pinnacle Point Golf Course ad infinitum in an attempt to score better and just for another opportunity to experience the Pinnacle Point Golf Adventure.
This is Pinnacle Point in a nutshell but it will be better to come and see for yourself. The proof will be in the tasting…

Holes 17 and 18 at Pinnacle Point

Holes 17 and 18 with the Clubhouse and Indian Ocean in the background

Practice GreenHole 8, Par 4 at Pinnacle Point

Driving RangeShort Par 3 at Pinnacle Point

Clockwise from bottom left: Driving range, practice green, hole 8 (par 4!)and a short par 3 viewed from the tee box.

Pinnacle Point Golf Course Garden Route South Africa

During November 2006 the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) voted the Garden Route in South Africa as the 'Best Golf Tourism Destination in Africa and the Middle East.'