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In the October 2006 edition of Golf Digest, Terry McLean, Golf Digest's Editor, in an article about the new Pinnacle Point Golf Club in the Southern Cape, wrote that "the golf course that impressed us most was Goose Valley!"
In the November 2006 edition of Complete Golfer, John Botha, Senior Golf Writer, wrote a glowing report on Goose Valley, which he called The Pride Of Plettenberg Bay. In his article, John said that "Goose Valley is one of the best conditioned golf courses in the Southern Cape". He goes on to say " it is a must play golf course" and completes his course of the month article by saying that "Goose Valley is the best value for money golf course anywhere!"
Originally a nine-holer
The course was originally a nine-holer from 1996 to 2002, where after it was extended to eighteen holes with the incorporation of the Turtle Creek land. The course also received rave reviews whilst 9 holes. Some of these were:
Because of the sensitivity regarding the environment Goose valley got bad press at launch. Today the environmentalists have publicly stated that "Goose Valley sets the standard for all future coastal developments". Their approval has been given for the construction of the second nine holes.
The "Smart Investor" backs Goose Valley....
A 2001 issue of the Smart Investor Magazine named Plettenberg Bay as the premier holiday resort town in South Africa. Discussing investment in coastal resorts and the huge increases in property prices, they went on to say "So is the Garden Route a game for the rich? Fortunately not. There are places in Plettenberg Bay, which offer, excellent but unrealised value. Look for them. Goose Valley is one, built around a Gary Player golf course. It got bad press at launch and, maybe as a result, two bed-roomed apartments, which were priced at less than R400 000 in 1995, fetch that now". Sorry folks, if you missed the boat! These prices are of course is a pipe dream now, but it will never be too late to invest in this superb estate, no matter what the price!!
Gary Player "Compleat Golfer - February 2001"....
"We've done at least 200 courses around the world already".
"Another course of ours is Goose Valley, which was voted the best nine-holer in South Africa. Its a magnificent course and test of golf and, of all the work I've ever done, Goose Valley was in the best condition in the shortest time. Its built on pure sand, which is perfect and it looks as if we'll be building the other nine holes there sometime this year".
Gary Player "At Goose Valley in December / January 2002"....
"These greens are equal to the best anywhere in the World!"
Golf Digest "November 1999"....
Goose Valley voted "The best nine hole golf course in South Africa".
David Denison "Golfing Scribe - East London Daily Dispatch"....
"I spent a glorious few days at Goose Valley, a visit which re-emphasised my impression this is faraway the best nine hole course in South Africa - so long as it is played off the forward tees! For me Goose Valley's signature hole remains the 425m fifth, the second round as the 14th. Standing on the tee you look down a broad sweep of green carpeted kikuyu with tall trees lining the fairway - blue gums to the left; firs to the right. Reminiscent of Augusta, they stand like sentinels guarding a piece of the Garden of Eden".
The Goose Valley Golf Course is situated in pristine surroundings, only 2km from Plettenberg Bay and bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon. Golfers playing this magnificent Gary Player designed 72 par, 18 hole golf course in the heart of the Garden Route will experience breathtaking views of the lagoon, the ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The golfing experience is enhanced by the beauty of the natural fynbos and the abundance of animal and birdlife around the course. The course boasts a superb Driving Range and practice, chipping and putting facilities. The course is surrounded by indigenous Fynbos which is home to small buck, tortoises and spectacular bird life. There must be very few courses, if any, elsewhere in the world where one can play golf and simultaneously watch whales breaching in the sea.
Goose Valley Golf Club welcomes visitors and has become extremely popular with tourists who enjoy the relaxed family atmosphere of the Club.
Many visitors choose to live on the course by renting self-catering accommodation on from a choice of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums.
The Club has members and visitors change rooms, a
well stocked and professionally managed Pro Shop, golf cart hire, equipment
rentals, a full driving range with all golf practice facilities, the Restaurant
and halfway house facilities. There is a squash court and two tennis courts.
Professional golf instruction is available.
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