The 8th hole at Arabella Golf Club catches you by surprise. From the tee box, a marker pole indicates your line. Strike your ball well and it will sail over the crest of the rise and into the great unknown. As you follow, the true beauty of the hole becomes apparent: a fairway falling away beneath your feet, waste bunkers lying in wait and a green guarded by the waters of the Bot River Lagoon. Spectacular.
It’s a signature hole on this remarkable course designed by star golf architect
Peter Matkovitch. Aside from the thick rough and endless waste bunkers, there are plenty of challenging landscape features here and club selection is critical.
You’ll want a cart if you’re unfit, but the hills and swales only add to the drama of the course. No surprise that Arabella has been ranked in the country’s top 10 courses by Golf Digest magazine for 11 years running.
While Arabella welcomes day visitors, the on-site hotel makes it the perfect destination for a weekend escape from Cape Town. The 143 rooms and suites are decorated in a modern African style and the excellent facilities – spa, outdoor pooland range of restaurants – makes it a good option for family travellers and those with non-golfing partners. The winelands of Hermanus and Elgin are also a short drive away.