“As I walk the site, my top priority is finding features such as native trees, grade variations or natural wetlands that can enhance shot values or scenically frame holes. I let the environmental surroundings shape the holes, so they fit the terrain. I never try to force an idea onto a piece of land.” – Jack Nicklaus on his design process.
The 18-hole, par 72 Championship Course designed by the Golden Bear has many aspects that play in its favour. One of only three Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses in Africa and the first to be designed of those three, the course meanders along the impressive landscape high atop Simola hill. Unique to coastal courses, the wind is rarely a factor here, while it has often been said that the incredible views will make it hard to keep your head down.
Jack Nicklaus wrote of his design at Simola that it was his “…aim to create a golf course that will be a demanding test of skill for the accomplished golfer playing from the back tees. But, at the same time, I want to offer a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for the average or beginner player who plays from the appropriate tees and thinks his or her way around the golf course.” The result? A legendary golf course that challenges and delights members and visitors every day. And a Championship Course that has hosted the likes of the Sunshine Tour and the Vodacom Origins of Golf.
The course boasts an unusual configuration with five par 5 and five par 3 holes, with three tees to choose from.
Simola Golf Course | Holes 1 – 9
Simola Golf Course | Holes 10 – 18