This exceptional 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course at Arabella Golf Club has consistently been ranked in the top 5 courses in South Africa.
Hole 1 - Par 4
This is a mid length Par 4 with all the danger on the left hand side.
Hit it right off the tee and let the slope feed the ball into the fairway. The green is elevated, so you may need an extra club for your approach shot.
Hoe 2 - Par 5
Favor the right on your tee shot to avoid the water hazard and out of bounds on your left.
When approaching the green again, favor the right, as any shot left will hit the green side water hazard.
Hole 3 - Par 4
The hardest hole on the course. A difficult two shot Par 4 that requires a good drive to the right of the fairway.
Don't go for too much with your approach.
Consider laying up in front of the green and relying on your short game to make Par. Any shot hit left of the green will find the water hazard.
Hole 4 - Par 4
A big dog-leg right, avoid the trees and bunker on the left of the fairway and and let the left-to-right slope feed your ball closer to the green.
Green side bunkers make this a tough approach, so aim for the centre of the green.
Hole 5 - Par 3
An elevated tee makes judging the distance tricky on this Par 3.
Wind direction plays a big role on this holeas it swirls at the tee. Dont let this fool you.
Have a look at the flags to the left of the tee to get an idea of wind direction and club selection.
Hole 6 - Par 4
A good tee shot is required forthis lengthy Par 4 dog-leg right.
Long hitters will benefit from hitting a fade-off of this tee. If your approach finishes toward the back of the green above the flag, take note, this green is fast coming back down the slope.
Hole 7 - Par 3
Dont let looks deceive. Rated the toughest Par 3 on the course, your tee shot will always get a bit of extra roll when landing on the green.
The green slopes away from the tee box, and from right to left. Aim right of the pin and let the slope of the green do the rest.
Hole 8 - Par 5
Arguably the most beautiful hole on the course. This Par 5has a right-to-left sloping fairway and will feed any ball hit out right back to the centre. Lay up short of the fairway bunker and water hazard, and let your short game get you the Par.
The tall trees which stop before the green, offer a lot of wind protection. So when approacjhing the green, allow for the wind.
Hole 9 - Par 4
Risk and reward. Longer hitters can go for the gree on this short Par 4, but thelagoon is waiting to snap up any shot hit left. The percentage shot is to lay up on the right hand side of the fairway.
Hole 10 - Par 4
A straight Par 4, this hole plays up hill, so take an extra club on your approach. The green side bunkers are challenging, as the green is cleverly designed to run away from both bunkers.
Hole 11 - Par 4
Extended fairway bunkers take the drive out of play for longer hitters. Aom for the centre of the fairway off the tee.
Make sure you have enough club on ypour approach to avoid the bunker guarding the front of ther green.
Hole 12 - Par 4
Any shot hit left of this Par 4 is punished, so aim right off the tee. There is ample room beyond the tell treeon the right of the fairway. The approach to an elevated green can run off into the right bunker.
The safe approach is to favor the left side of the green.
Hole 13 - Par 5
A picturesqu Par 5, the entire fairway is flanked by bunkers aith a water hazard running 200m down its right side. Aim at the bunker left of the fairway off the tee. The approach is up-hill, so take enough club to fly the bunker protecting the front of the green.
Hole 14 - Par 3
The easiest hole on the course, this is only tricky if you hit your tee shot left or long. To have the best chance of making a good score on this hole, favor the right side of the green.
Hole 15 - Par 5
The start of a great finish. This challenging Par 4 can play long into the wind. Favor the left side ogf the fairway, and be clever on your approach as there is a ridge in the green, leaving you a difficult putt if you leave your ball on the wrong side of the flag.
Hole 16 - Par 4
Much like the 9th hole, this ia a short and tricky Par 4. If you risk going for the green off the tee, beware of the out of bounds left, and a hazard and out of bounds on the right.
The prudent play here would be to lay up short of the fairway bunkers.
Hole 17 - Par 3
A favourite Par 3 to many of our golfers. A shot pulled slightly left on this hole often runs off the bank and onto the green. The bunker and hazard on the right can be daunting, aim slightly left and use the slope to your advantage.
Hole 18 - Par 5
One of the best finishing holes in the country!
This testing Par 5 will make or break a round, The famously long bunker flanking the right side of the fairway, coupled with the lagoon makes this a challenging teeshot, so aim a little to the left.
Once you are on the fairway the safe play is, again, to aim to the left and let your short game do the work.
The Arabella Golf Experience
Arabella Golf Club unrolls in a magnificent setting alongside the Bot Lagoon that will test the best of golfers. But its also very playable for the average golf hacker, having a fair amount of room. The splendid scenery is a feature of the round while playing golf at Arabella. This Western Cape golf course is both a resort and an estate course, and has magnificent views across the Bot River lagoon and Kogelberg mountain range.
A luxurious clubhouse with bar and halfway house, as well as a fully stocked pro shop with an excellent practice area makes Arabella Golf Club a must for professionals and amatuers alike. Two resident teaching professionals, also make this a lucky breeze for the average punter who wants good guidance during a game of golf at the Arabella.
The Arabella Golf Club has been the annual home to the Nelson Mandela Invitational charity golf tournament from 2003, hosting the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and sevarl movie and recording stars,and have made a signicant contribution to the Gary Player initiative which raises funds for both the Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation and the Player Foundation.
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