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Arabella Country Estate

Kleinmond, South Africa
4.4
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18

Par

73

Architect

Peter Matkovich

Built

1999

Type

Seaside, Parkland

Peter Matkovich, one of the most active architects in South Africa, designed the course for Arabella Country estate a ways outside Cape Town on a beautiful stretch of shore near Hermanus, and it is now considered one of the premier golf facilities in the country. The course is part of a housing development, and is stylistically of a piece with the club's reserved aesthetic. Matkovich wisely avoided the temptation of trying to ape English links; and, rather than creating artificial topography, his layout melds with its environs rather than dominating them. This is true parkland golf by the ocean. The site is on the lovely Bot Lagoon, and offers scenic views of the sea and the Palmiet Mountain Range in the other direction. An associated luxury hotel provides first-class accommodations. Arabella prides itself on adhering to the objectives of the Kogelberg Biosphere Preserve of which it is a part.

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Golfclub Dreibaumen e.V.
11 Hcp 31 courses played
Fabulous
Great golf course with a very nice hotel. Has been there several times.
2 July 2018
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Golf Club Enghien
15 Hcp 21 courses played
Very good
My second golf course in South Africa.... I booked my round online very easily... I rented clubs that were good quality. I was lucky with the weather and could enjoy the course fully... 2 parts to this course... one more up on the hill... which makes these holes more protected from Ocean wind... they were challenging... from dogleg, tight holes, water hazard, long, short and tricky part 3... I enjoyed every second on the course. The other part is more down the hill, close to the water... more opened to wind... which makes it even more challenging. I loved Their Signature hole... (n8 if i remember right...) a long par 5... around 500m all the way down.. from uphill to downhill close to ocean... a big long drive... to get to the downslope... avoid being left or you would be in trouble...in between trees... your second shot with a wood... to get to the green or right before...as the green is very well protected... surrounded by water and bunkers... playing the Par is very good. The hole n9 is a drivable green... and you will be in front of the hotel... which makes a fabulous view... Every hole was challenging, and was exactly was i was expecting to play when in SAF. Curvy, Bunkers, Water, landscape, view, services and confort as well as great people. Stroke Saver available... Definately a course i recommend to every player who would like a good experience in South Africa. Arabella is in some lists of top courses in the country. I realy appreciate this course...and would definately play there again... See you next time Arabella!
1 December 2017
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Golf Club Dresden Ullersdorf e.V.
10 Hcp 59 courses played
Very good
Played it in 2008 and remember the coursedesign near to the sea. Beautiful !!
25 November 2017
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