pristine Golfing Estate is one of South Africa's acclaimed new golf courses, situated on one
of the most dramatic sites on the beautiful Tsitsikamma coastline. The course is built high on
the undulating topography of the East head at Knysna, with spectacular views over the Knysna
Lagoon on one side, and the Indian Ocean on the other side. It has been built on a rugged and
steep site that golf carts are unanimously preferred in playing a
golf, and a continuous cart path snakes its way around the 18 holes. Designers Ronald Fream
and David Dale of Golf Plan, California, have compared the look of Sparrebosch to a
combination of Gleneagles in the Scottish Highlands and Pebble Beach on the Monterey
Peninsula. The front nine play inland, and the back nine cascade down the slopes of the East
head towards the ocean.
Sparrebosch is a championship-quality layout, but a set of five different tees
on every hole allows the course to be played by differing standards for golfers. From the
professional tees it measures an intimidating long 6,394 meters, yet the very front tees will
suit the beginner at 4,755 meters. There is a challenge in the course for everyone. There are
glorious views from virtually every uniquely designed hole, but the signature obviously is the
three holes built on the cliff tops above the ocean. This stretch forms the par-5 13th to the
par-3 15th which are particularly breathtaking, and which will feature on anyone's list of
favorite golfing holes.
However, the toughest hole on the course greets you on the first tee. This
par-5 opener involves a carry over the Sparrebos forest with your second shot, from one
fairway to another, and the approach shot uphill to an undulating green. This is stroke one,
and it sets the tone for a golfing experience with a difference.