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mk4golf 19 Reviews

Not a bargain

Not a bargain playing here.
One of the best courses we played in SA.
Various services (for tips) made the time here unforgettable.
- Golf bag pic up at the parking lot
- Bag storage over night
- Club cleaning etc.
The course was in good condition, challenging with some spectacular tee boxes. Great scenic views over Knysna river.
The included halfway was OK.

Eschenried 69 Reviews
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At my limit

Like all the courses played during our stay - Golf at its best!
However, I have to admit that the place was very, very difficult for me (HC 23).
Nevertheless it was a great experience to play there and that's why we were there.

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Nineteen.Golf 5 Reviews
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Nice!

Very nice place, great topography, evil bunkers. More expensive than other places in the region but cart, drinks and halfway catering is included.
Cart is mandatory here but only because of the long distances.
The fairways are mostly flat and straight, no mountain goat space. Therefore, not as dramatically difficult as some say here. Super playable from hcp36!
The cleanliness of the toilets on the halfway is poor. Dirty and no paper! no go if you play in the league.
But the kitchen in the clubhouse is excellent. Highly recommended. Many German-speaking guests were present. Hotel is international.

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Ritchie 97 Reviews
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You have to play

Played on 12/14/2019 Service very good Space well maintained and great layout! Forgive some fairly wide fairways! Lots of bunkers to play well!
Price very high in contrast to Pezula, you should
play anyway

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Parbuster 27 Reviews
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Fantastic (if you love bunkers)

We played the course in December 2018. It is a fantastic place with spectacular tees and great views. Fairways and greens were in top condition. Greens very fast and tricky. If you love bunkers, you're in the right place, because there are many, many... A visit to the cool bar with very friendly waiters complete the picture.

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George Mannix 11 Reviews
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One of the "three big ones" in the Cape region

Simola played with enthusiasm on 08.02.2019 like in the last years. Wonderful in the mountains around Knysna lovingly and beautifully designed difficult course, in which only from middle HCP class joy of playing should arise...
A cart is mandatory (unfortunately without GPS) and because of the differences in height also advised. The environment is still pretty natural and not as zugebaut as for example at Pinnacle Point. Like the others in my view by design absolute top places, Pinnacle Point ' (Mossel Bay) and' Pezula ' (Knysna / opposite) this place is not as cheap as it used to be and with the equivalent of 90 € pp incl. Cart in similar Price segment as the two aforementioned places. Highly recommended is the flatrate on Friday afternoon from 300 Rand (currently about 20 € incl. Cart) for 9 trains.
Overall, a fantastic golf course, which leaves nothing to be desired from the plant. The staff is very helpful and friendly, clubhouse and pro shop very neat. We will be back!!!

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baumi 18 Reviews
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Expensive fun

Great layout. Hard place. Sensational view.
Maintenance condition on 4.2. Mediocre. No gps on the cart.
Why one dares to ask oneself here for 30% more demand than ln pezula nobody knows. But still a must.

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mirko1105 8 Reviews
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One of my top 5 places in South Africa

My order of played Plätz including play date.
1. Pinnacle Point (17.01.19 GF approx. 80/90 € incl. Cart) 2. Pezula (15.01.19 GF approx. 12 € incl. Cart thanks to member in flight) 3. Simola (19.01.19 GF approx Carta and Halfway) 3. Arabella (12.01.19 GF approx. 80/90 € incl. Trolley) 5. George (18.01.19 GF approx. 40 € incl. Trolley) 5. Oubaai (14.01.19 GF approx € 27 hole incl. Trolley) 5. Pearl Valley (21.01.19 GF approx 110 € incl. Cart) 6. Paal / Boschenmeer( 20 / 22.01.19 50 € incl. Trolley.

First of all, you have to know, it's Jack Nicklaus Platz. This simply means a higher level of difficulty than other places. I recommend the place only from Hcp. 20. A well-kept and integrated into the landscape space. Jack Nicklaus has placed the bunkers or dangers so that they come into play from every tee. The good and fast greens were well maintained. There is a star deduction because the existing driving range was not open. Recommended again and again. Not without a cart.

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Klaus H. 21 Reviews
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Just wow

This place is one of the best places I have played in the last 22 years I play golf.
From beginning to end, a true pleasure in terms of landscape, space design, condition, challenge and reward.
This experience can not be found anywhere else in South Africa at this price. 18 hole + cart for 1,150 Rand = 72 € is an excellent price / performance ratio.
A cart is a must, the track / track was about 13 km with a lot of meters.
All in all, highly recommended this place.

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BenHogan52 10 Reviews
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Simola - Knysna's 2nd

Clubhouse and Views sensational. Course condition excellent.
For years an integral part of our tour next to Pezula in Knysna.
The place is not for high HCP.

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wubo 4 Reviews
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Super place, Marshalls overwhelmed

Goods in January 2018, great place, had to play in pairs, which has given us a very long wait behind a very slow foursome, dee Marshall could not prevail, which has led to 5:30 h

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herby 64 Reviews
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Must have

Adding more attributes to the previous reviews would mean carrying owls to Athens. The green fee is for SA ratios in the upper segment, but this place is worth every penny (about 70 €). We liked these haircuts in which considerable height differences were overcome. No train is the same. Cart and halfway included in the price. Good selection of food. Friendly service all around. From almost all lanes and of course from the clubhouse wonderful view over the lagoon of Knysna.
Greenfee on our accommodation (Panorama Lodge) booked, immediately a start time and it was to our surprise on the square hardly flights on the way.
Conclusion: Who does not play this course, has missed a highlight in his golfing life.

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Anja81 39 Reviews
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Perfect place state

We played Simola in February 2017th The course was in fantastic condition. Greens lightning speed like a "carpet" and the fairways toll maintained. For this purpose the eye carefully landscaped flower plantings.
The course is very hilly the course design as Pezula and therefore virtually impossible to cope without Cart even for people who are on foot. The course is varied, especially the par 3 holes on the design very nice. The fairways are very wide, so that the ball is to bring good into play. Nevertheless, the course for golfers with handicap is> 28 is not suitable since a certain Carry length is necessary to be able to play a few holes (neat).
The starter told us that go out to our Gameday from 7:00 to 14:30 throughout 4p in 10-minute flight. But the speed of play for a holiday place with 4:30 incl. The compulsory Halfway was neat and smooth.
Halfway me good selection of food is included in the green fee, which Halfwayhaus offers a great view over the square.
The clubhouse also has a terrace with great views. There is a well-stocked pro shop with many logo items at fair prices (eg Logo Polo R500).
Very very friendly staff throughout the Golf Club!
Overall a great price-performance ratio!

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amical 63 Reviews
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Top

Have played the course today Topzustand Darting greens Good Halfway Board Unfortunately, it has little rain in the morning

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toba 56 Reviews
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Yes, JN Square at its finest

Toll created, refined and cultivated, exciting and surprising. A highlight in SA.

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Olligator 41 Reviews
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Very nice with small drawbacks

Great place that has a little reconciled me with Jack Nicklaus (the other Nicklaus courses that I played, I felt all as almost "sadistic").
The course can be played only with cart. expensive for SA conditions.
Very nice views and vegetation. We had quite a lot of butterflies and a snake. It always blows a pleasant breeze.
Halfway is included in the price (the food), in our example, there was eggs with bacon and spaghetti bolognese. Unfortunately, the toilets at Halfway House were not very clean.
Fairways dry in some places during our visit. Greens unfortunately full of old and fresh pitch marks. Both nevertheless still good. Fairways are sometimes close together, often one is on the nearby track.
The range is made new, that is currently not available! Furthermore, there was no information in advance.

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georgemannix 55 Reviews
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Between baboons and butterflies

Today we have this fantastic 5-star place played above Knysna, which surely is one of the most beautiful in the region. Varied parks, forests and flowers landscape, lovingly maintained with slopes and many bunkers. Suitable for all HCP classes, but you have to take an E-Cart because of the differences in altitude. Well stocked pro shop, clubhouse looks a bit gloomy, but has friendly staff and a magnificent view over the Bay of Knysna. Pricing completely fair. A great golf experience that should not be missed.

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AngelaHamburg 29 Reviews
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A typical Jack Nicklaus Course

Brings class space of a lot of fun!!! The usual Jack Nicklaus - Bunker traps lurk at exactly the points where the normal mortal golfer playing out. Very well maintained with beautiful views provided.

Unfortunately you have to take a card, but unfortunately does not run.

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Vice 9 Reviews
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Must Play!

Top maintained, super views of the Knysna River, sometimes almost like the Black Forest, with regard to the trees on the surrounding hills. Most wide fairways, but not easy to play, a lot of sloping positions, strategically platziertr Bunker (particularly around the greens) and lightning fast greens with strong undulation. Putten should first be practiced on the putting green a little... Only Cart (included) feasible. Halfwayzeit is very short, the Halfway not lush.
A must for every golfer who is in this area.

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Berlin Golf Bear 62 Reviews
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Visual pleasure, golfing challenge

Played on 12/05/2014, HCP 14

A very hilly parkland course - repeatedly fantastic elevated tees, fairways are partly about 20 feet below. I'm not sure whether the use of carts is required (it is certainly in the green fees included), but this is highly recommended if you do not just professional triathlete or similar is!

Very difficult to play:
Hard to find balls in the rough (mostly dense bush) - Narrow fairways with unpleasant dense vegetation at the edges. The orbits depend partly heavily to one side, but this is easily seen even before the impact - so it's hard, but not unfair.

Very many strategically placed bunkers, some in between barely make out a landing zone. Bunker but playable - like the rest of the space maintained absolutely topp.

The greens are amazing! While not overly large, but barely legible. The ball seems to be getting back, bypassing all physical laws (gravity - what is it?) To pave the way to the break. These are simply outstanding optical illusions! These incredibly fast - 3-putts are inevitable. (Sometimes there are even more - * frustration *!)

Each lane for a new challenge, no "Füllnummern" and the 1 to 18 optically whether the many great bushes and trees just a delight!

Worth although one of the more expensive places in the region, but worth every penny - with about EUR 60. Moreover, alongside the cart and the half-time snack is already included. (In South Africa it is common to take a 10 minute break after nine holes to take a bite and lüpfen a sip.)

Conclusion: A visually beautiful, strategically and technically challenging course - must play if you are in the area (and can live with a weak score). Quiet and take a detour - it's worth! Smooth 4 stars (the "Bear Golf Ranking": 8 out of 10 points).

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J.Diersen 10 Reviews
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Great place in a beautiful location

This place is a MUST on any golf tour along the Garden Route. Very friendly staff at check-in. E-Cart is mandatory and included in the price. In the square you know why. Range balls are, as in other places, available free of charge or in the price.
The tees are sometimes relatively far apart, but this offer varied perspectives on a really beautifully designed space with many slopes, which sometimes affects the length and position of haircuts much. Besides the usual birds, a herd of baboons drives on the court around, but they were harmless. (At least to us!) The Halfway House is well maintained, the food also included. However, a planned break of 10 minutes is much too short. In summary, a beautiful place that is good playability even with higher HCPs.

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berniporsche 5 Reviews
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Great great great

2nd hole the signature hole... a dream Halfway wonderful Carts necessarily Has very much!
BuG

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Golf-Andrea 17 Reviews
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Necessarily play

Very well maintained, great views. Although it has been raining in our part, we enjoyed the game.
The place has many bunkers, but is not very difficult to play.
Delicious half-time refreshments (included in price), only the pause time is limited this to just 10 minutes.
No driving range.

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Tomthedom 33 Reviews
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Very very nice

I can only attach the "other speakers". A wonderfully situated course, very well maintained, interesting to play.

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RBZ 8 Reviews
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Gorgeous place with lagoon views

We played yesterday for two Simola Course.
Very well maintained, beautifully integrated into the landscape, beautiful view towards Knysna lagoon from the Halfway House.

18 holes: 750 R including Cart and Halfway Lunch
Club rental: Category A for 300 (new), category B 250 R

Sundowner recommended by the Clubhouse terrace and dinner in the restaurant.

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Walchwiler 65 Reviews
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Terrific

Is to play Simola "a must" when visiting Knysna. Easier to play than Pezzula but still an interesting course. Be sure to take Electro.

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brandy 13 Reviews
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All told

Topping plant, played twice in a row and a must on any Garden Route Tour

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bobdelle 32 Reviews
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Deal with slopes and still enjoy

A beautiful square in the hills around the Knysna Lagoon. Great views from the landscaped clubhouse on "The Head" = entry through the strait into the lagoon.

A very well-integrated into the landscape golf course that leaves no wishes unfulfilled. The ladies are preferred due to their length, it must be assumed in the men that the ball rolls a little off track.
Price / performance is definitely true and Halfwayjause of R60 can only recommend. Visit one gets when one or the other hole of a family of monkeys that can take photographs like yourself.

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berndw 1 Review
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Dream looks

A very well maintained and beautiful more beautiful place with many discounts from top to bottom. Not too difficult to play (especially for women). Gorgeous Ausablicke the bay. Electro-duty and with the green fee of € 75 (February 2012) is just as good as the half-time refreshments covered. The club is very noble, but the members are friendly and personable.

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