Jack Nicklaus Designed Golf Courses' Challenge

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Southern Africa is home to some of the continent’s finest Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses.

The Jack Nicklaus Designed Courses Challenge will allow you to pit your golfing skills against a selection of the Golden Bear’s best courses in South Africa, while the itinerary will take in some of the region’s key sights and features and provide you with the opportunity to turn the trip into a family vacation.

It all starts in here... Part 1

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Houghton Golf Estate

Day 1 to 3

Gauteng: Houghton Golf Estate

The Challenge will start in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s most densely populated province and also its commercial and political hub.

The first round will feature games at Houghton Golf Estate in one of Johannesburg’s most upmarket suburbs, Houghton, which has undergone something a revival in recent years.

This revival included Jack Nicklaus’ extensive modification of the original Houghton course layout turning it into one of Gauteng’s must play courses.

The non-golf section of the programme provides an exciting ‘menu’ of parallel activities suitable for the whole family.

This can include visiting the restaurant and shopping areas in Sandton City and Sandton Square – one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest malls and the opportunity to visit and explore the region’s more natural and historic attractions.

Gauteng’s central location is perfect for ½ and full day access to a number of must-see places, including visits to areas of cultural and historic interest, the Voortrekker Monument, the Cradle of Humankind (a World Heritage site) and the ‘city’ of SOWETO as examples.

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Sandton Sun Hotel

Typical Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport | Transfer and check into your hotel of residence | Introduction to the programme and welcome dinner

Day 2

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Houghton Golf Club | Non-golfer programme | Evening at leisure

Day 3

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes and first round of the Challenge at Houghton Golf Club | Non-golfer programme | Evening at leisure

The Garden Route here we come... Part 2

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Simola Country Golf Estate

Day 4 to 8

Western Cape - The Garden Route: Simola Country Golf and Country Estate and St Francis Links

The second and third rounds of the Challenge will be hosted by Saint Francis Links and Simola on one of Africa’s most iconic coastlines - The Garden Route.

Simola is a beautifully scenic and marvellously conditioned layout in what is possibly one of the region’s most scenic towns - Knysna.

Just along the coast St Francis Links in St Francis Bay will play the host duties for the group in the third round of the Challenge.

Also, a Jack Nicklaus Signature layout St Francis Links is South Africa’s number 6 ranked course and is a ‘serious’ test of golf.

The layout has been sculpted from the site into a perfect links golf landscape and the finished product prompted Jack Nicklaus to comment that this may well be “the best course I have ever seen”.

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St Francis Links

If the non-golfers can manage to prise themselves away from the attractions of these two estates, then they will find a number of marvellous beaches, for which the region is justly famous, close to hand.

Jeffrey’s Bay is one of the World’s surfing capitals, so the non-golfers can take a beach horse ride, spend the day sunning on Paradise Beach, or visit the Baviaanskloof nature reserve.

Whatever your personal interests, the concierge’s desk, at either Simola or St Francis Links, will be able to recommend and book a wide range of activities.

Day 4

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - Transfer to Port Elizabeth and check into hotel of residence | At leisure | Dinner and introduction to the programme section

Day 5

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Simola Golf & Country Estate | Non golfer programme | At leisure

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM -  18 holes and round 2 of the Challenge at Simola Golf & Country Estate | Non golfer programme | At leisure

 

Day 7

Breakfast at hotel of residence | AM - transfer to St Francis Links | PM - 18 holes at St Francis Links | Non-golfer programme | Dinner and prize-giving

Day 8

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes and 3rd round of the Challenge at St Francis Links | Non-golfer programme | Dinner and prize-giving

The Cape Winelands... Part 3

Pearl Valley Golf Club

Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

Day 9 to 12

Western Cape: Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

To the north of the city of Cape Town itself and not far from Paarl in the Cape winelands you will find Val de Vie estate, which is home to another Jack Nicklaus masterpiece - Pearl Valley.

Pearl Valley will be the host course and a very fitting finale on the final round of this golfing Challenge.

Ranked at number 5 on the most recent listings of South Africa’s best courses, the club has also been selected as the best conditioned course in the Cape for 9 consecutive years.

The Cape possesses a long menu of things to do, from a visit to Cape Point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet to a trip, weather permitting, up the city’s world-famous Table Mountain.

It would be fair to say that no trip to this region would be complete without a visit to one of Cape’s iconic wine farms.

However, if history and culture are your ‘thing’, then a visit to Robben Island, the Castle of Good Hope and the Bo Kaap or District Six museums should satisfy this thirst.

For the nature lovers, you can go whale spotting in Hermanus, take a dive with great white sharks for the more adventurous!), or alternatively just while away a sunshine filled day on one of the peninsula’s fabulous beaches.

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Table Mountain - Cape Town

Day 7

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - transfer to Cape Town and check into hotel of residence | At leisure

Day 10

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Pearl Valley | Non golfer programme | Dinner and daily prize-giving

Day 11

Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes and 4th and final round of the Challenge at Pearl Valley | Non golfer programme | Dinner and grand prize-giving function

Day 12

Breakfast at hotel of residence | AM - wine tour and lunch | Depart

THE COSTS 

Each programme’s final budget is tailor made and determined by various factors including the number of guests, choice of venue, type of functions and activities, etc.

 

CONCLUSION 

The Jack Nicklaus Design Golf Courses' Challenge provides an ideal multipurpose holiday whatever the final composition of the participants’ golf ability levels. 

The non-golfer programme options are extremely flexible, personalised, focused and cost effective, whilst providing golfers, of all skill levels, with a unique opportunity to play on a selection of South Africa’s best Jack Nicklaus Design golf courses, whilst taking in some of South Africa’s most popular wildlife and tourist attractions.

 

PS - younger family members are also very welcome!

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information please contact: John Cockayne. Mobile: +27 (0) 73 896 7931 | Email: cathco@mweb.co.za