Black, 6577 metres, CR75.5/148
Yellow, 6162 metres, CR73.5/144
Blue, 5716 metres, CR71.2/140
Green, 5358 metres, CR69.5/136
Red, 4655 metres, CR65.9/128
Women’s blue, CR78.0/146
Women’s green, CR75.4/141
Women’s red, CR70.7/131
Includes use of range
High season (until April 19)
R695 affiliated walking
R1695 non-affiliated sharing cart
R450 cart hire for two; R300 for one
Jack Nicklaus Signature, 2003
021 867 8000
Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate exudes a luxury lifestyle with its 5-star clubhouse, opulent homes, Pearl Valley by Mantis boutique hotel, and outstanding Jack Nicklaus Signature course layout. It has evolved from a residential estate into a world-class destination since amalgamating with Val de Vie Estate in 2015.
Golf is still the main attraction, and the experience at Pearl Valley is one of the best on the continent. Jack Nicklaus has built six signature courses in South Africa, and Pearl Valley is ranked foremost among them. It’s not an exclusive experience though for members and their guests, or hotel residents, also being open to visitors. If you’re playing Pearl Valley, it is recommended that you arrive early, to enjoy all the facilities it has to offer, from those within the clubhouse to the magnificent practice range. With cool-season grasses on the fairways and tees, and bent grass greens, it has regularly been rated as one of the best conditioned courses in the country.
On the course, golfers have the use of a fleet of new Club Car carts with the latest Visage system.
Pearl Valley received an Audubon certification in 2017, and considerable attention has been paid in recent years to improving the wildlife environment. Natural grasses have been introduced which add character to the golf holes. Nicklaus created Pearl Valley on a flat site between the Berg River and the mountains, and has used water hazards and sand, plus subtly sloping greens, to engage and challenge golfers.
Situated an hour’s drive from the centre of Cape Town, Pearl Valley is a wonderful year-round golfing destination.
Pearl Valley’s signature holes are the beautiful brace of par-4s, Nos 7 and 8, which travel parallel to each other, separated by a broad expanse of water from tee to green. The seventh is 402 metres from the back, with water all along the right side of the fairway, while the shorter eighth (388m) not only has water on the right but in front of the green, requiring a challenging carry for the approach.
The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis overlooks the practice range and offers luxury suites 100 metres from the clubhouse.
A five-star range between the clubhouse and first tee, with grass bays and a wide, long hitting area. Short-game area next to the clubhouse. Pearl Valley is home to the SwingFit Academy under coaching director James Wade.
Hosted SA Open 3 times (2007-2009), won by James Kingston (284), Richard Sterne (274) and Richie Ramsay (275). Sterne and Ramsay won in sudden-death playoffs. Hosted SA Amateur Strokeplay 3 times (2008-2010). Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy played in 2007 Open. Norman finished in top 10, but McIlroy shot 83-74. The next year McIlroy finished T-3 on 275. Ernie Els needed a birdie 4 at the last in 2008 SA Open to shoot 63 and be in playoff, but had a 5. He shot 67-67-77-64 for T-3.
1/ Pearl Valley is part of Val de Vie Estate, joined by an internal linking road and spanning 1000 hectares.
2/ Pearl Valley was awarded the Golf Digest Best New Course of the Year award when it opened in 2003 with an exhibition match between Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. It first entered the Top 100 in 2008 and has always featured in the Top 10.
3/ All three SA Opens at Pearl Valley finished on what is now the club’s par-5 ninth hole. The current par-4 tenth was originally the first hole when the course opened.
4/ Justin Rose chose Pearl Valley’s par-5 fourth hole as one of his “Favourite Nine Holes from Around the World.”
5/ Pearl Valley was the second Nicklaus signature design opened for play in Africa. He has six in total. Three are in the top 20.
2020 Liam Millard & Annalie Swanepoel
2019 Keagan Thomas & Annalie Swanepoel
64, Garth Mulroy 2007 SA Open;
64 Fabrizio Zanotti, Thomas Aiken, Damien McGrane, Ernie Els 2008 SA Open.
Lovely to play such a good course in such beautiful surroundings. Condition was very good, greens running true and fast.
Pearl Valley is having a busy winter season due to magnificent Cape weather in June/July, with golfers attracted by a course delightful to play at a time of year when the south-easter is absent. The low season green fee for walkers is R550 which represents amazing value considering the condition is as good as you find in peak season. Walking is a pleasure at Pearl Valley; I'm surprised it's not more common. The greens were running true and fast at 10. The balanced variety of tee markers makes for a highly playable, fair and enjoyable layout whatever your handicap.
Pearl Valley must rank highly among the many Jack Nicklaus Signature courses worldwide. A championship quality layout with an interesting variety of holes, not a weak one among the 18. Importantly, it is fair for higher handicaps, challenging for top golfers. All the trees and foliage on the property have transformed Pearl Valley into an aesthetically pleasing estate. Houses are mostly hidden from view, and it's a haven for wildlife with its wetlands. If there's a flaw it might lie with some of the bunker design. Steep slopes make it difficult to access and step out of bunkers.
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