About the Course
Rob O’Friell Golf Course Architect “extraordinaire”, fresh from his successes at River Club and Royal Johannesburg was given Carte Blanche to upgrade the design of greens and surrounds at Plettenberg Bay Country Club. During the contract his farsighted recommendations on certain water features and ponds were also implemented.
Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18 hole golf course set in a private nature reserve. The highly rated course is a very popular tourist destination. The course is easy to walk, and the 2 main inclines can be observed from the veranda. Visitors are welcome. Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass provides golfers with an excellent playing surface on this park like golf course. Despite intense competition from the beautiful white beaches and rolling surf, the club is busy and booking is essential.
This is no ‘little seaside golf course’, all greens and bunkers are to USGA specifications. All greens and fairways are on automatic sprinkler systems – the result is a golf course you will remember.
The Parkland Course has no intrusive houses or traffic noise and is populated mainly with indigenous flora and fauna.
The natural beauty of the course has been carefully retained. Monkeys, birdlife like the Knysna Loerie and woodpeckers as well as the occasional deer are more likely to put you off your game.
The entire property is a proclaimed Nature Reserve – alien tree eradication plus the planting of indigenous trees creates a fine example of eco-sensitive management
- Length: 6057m (Mens) 5081m (Ladies)
- Par / Rating: 72 / 71
- Designer: Robert Hawtree and upgraded by Robert O’Friel
- Opened: 1977
- Visitor Conditions: Recognised handicap for competitions
- Practice Facility: Pitching, Chipping and putting greens
- Dress Code: Plett Country Club is of the opinion that all visitors and members are aware of what is acceptable dress code on and off the course and are expected to dress accordingly
Management reserve the right to ask any player to change if attire is deemed to be unacceptable
A hole-by-hole guide to the course…
Par 4 • Stroke 17 • 342m
A friendly handshake hole, the wide downhill fairway has a generous landing area.
A big hook could land one in the dam on the left.
Water and bunker on the right may leave the faint hearted favouring a left side approach to the green.
Par 4 • Stroke 3 • 381m
A good drive is required to set up a second shot to the green.
Water on the left may catch a very big pulled drive, this water feature follows the fairway to behind the green.
The fairway is long and flat with an interesting approach to the two tier green.
An attractive bridge leads you to the 3rd Tee.
Par 4 • Stroke 9 • 344m
A dog-leg right fairway with a strategically placed fairway bunker guarding the prime landing area from which to play your second shot.
With a following wind, fly the bunker.
Into the wind, keep left of the bunker.
Your approach shot should favour the centre, rather than the front of the green.
Par 5 • Stroke 11 • 480m
Take dead aim, hit the centre of the fairway, the reed bed on the right collects more balls than the hazard on the left.
Big hitters can make the green in two. Most players lay up in front of the Piesang River and hit a lofted club to the green for their third shot.
Beware of the water hazard on the left of the fairway, it cuts back into the fairway at 150m and 130m from the green.
Par 4 • Stroke 1 • 370m
This hole is seriously affected by the wind. The prevailing westerly tends to keep your drive well short of the river. A decision to use a following wind to drive over the river should only be taken by the brave and confident big hitters.
Lesser mortals will be hitting woods and low irons into a large interesting green guarded by bunkers on left.
The slopes on this green are quite challenging. The hole is worthy of it’s stroke 1 rating.
Par 3 • Stroke 5 • 164m
On a calm day, from a seven iron to a five wood is required depending upon the age and ability of the striker. If into the wind, you might need anything from a 4 iron to a driver!
Bunkers and water guard the left side of the green including a unique ‘bunker within a bunker’.
Par 5 • Stroke 15 • 434m
The narrow entrance to the fairway demands a good accurate drive.
Large yellow wood trees dominate both sides of the fairway. The beautiful Knysna Loerie is often encountered on this hole.
The Piesang river is a threat on the right for the entire length of the fairway. An interesting green with a few awkward pin positions.
Par 3 • Stroke 7 • 180m
A large bunker guarding the left side of the green dominates your approach to the green.
The undulating green welcomes a big, brave, high shot.
Avoid the graveyard on the right.
Par 4 • Stroke 13 • 333m
A slight dog leg left, the narrow entrance favours those who can draw their drives.
The uphill approach for the second shot requires that you use an extra club. Be straight, and be up, there are bunkers left and right with interesting slopes on the green.
Enjoy your halfway break with a slice of the famous lemon meringue pie.
Par 4 • Stroke 10 • 342m
Downhill all the way to a dog leg right.
If you wish to cut the corner don’t take on the forest. Beware of the trees straight in front of you a driver will take you into trouble.
The elevated green requires a direct hit. The hole provides a friendly start to the beautiful back nine.
Par 3 • Stroke 18 • 120m
A charming short hole, go for the green, water left, bush right and don’t land your tee shot on the pathway.
A tremendous putting surface with many good pin potentials. Extra care and accuracy is required when the pin is tucked in far left over the water.
Par 4 • Stroke 4 • 371m
A challenging hole, aim at the yellowwood on the left of the fairway.
The indigenous forest on the right is home to many bird species. Vervet monkeys and baboons are common, and occasionally, bush pig are observed.
Your shot into the green, bunkered on the right, should favour the left side.
Par 3 • Stroke 8 • 171m
Another challenging short hole where a big tee shot is required. Wind, slope and bunkering suggest aiming at the left of the green.
Treated with respect you can score on this hole. A fade, caught by the prevailing wind will have you conversing with the indigenous wildlife!
Par 4 • Stroke 14 • 299m
What a beautiful tee. Surrounded by forest and far from noisy traffic, an air of peace and tranquility prevails, with the possibility of seeing or hearing a Narina Trogon.
Take note of the two big oak trees in the middle of the fairway!
The ideal shot is to aim for the 100m marker, giving a direct shot to the huge green.
A memorable hole, like many of the holes on this delightful golf course.
Par 5 • Stroke 16 • 473m
Only open your shoulders if you can play the “power fade”. The riverine forest on left catches the big straight or pulled shot.
An attractive par five which yields many birdies. The green is reachable with two good shots from the club tee.
Par 4 • Stroke 2 • 359m
The signature hole of the course when played off the back (top) tee.
The river comes into play more as a threat to a bad shot than anything else.
Two excellent shots are required to make the green in regulation.
Wonderful yellowwood trees dominate the left of the fairway, which makes it great to be out there with nature.
Par 4 • Stroke 6 • 344m
A wide fairway with trouble left and right, so keep the drive down the middle.
A big green is guarded by water left and bunker right but there is a gap through the middle.
A challenging hole if the easterly is blowing.
Par 5 • Stroke 12 • 470m
An impressive closing hole, long dog leg to left.
A good straight drive sets up a second shot which should take you to within 100m of the flag.
The green has two tiers. Check the pin placing to see where you should place that final shot, ensuring that your final approach is comfortably over the bunkers.