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Discover The Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

As the name implies, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course truly bears the stamp of the world’s preeminent golf course designer – nicknamed the Golden Bear. It has the thumbprint of a true champion and is the realisation of one man’s vision, philosophy and passion for the greatest game of all.

A Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is the highest tier of design offering from world leaders Nicklaus Design. This design features the most extensive involvement by Jack Nicklaus, who personally directs all design-related issues and serves as promotional spokesman for the golf course. Jack Nicklaus visits the site to determine the feasibility of layout and design, is present during the construction phases and provides input and approval on all key decisions.

The Golden Bear opened the course in 2003, commenting, “Surrounded by mountains this is one of the most spectacular settings in which I have designed a golf course.” In the world of golf it is simply not possible to receive a greater endorsement.

Jack’s unique touch is evident throughout the course and his masterpiece is characterised by lush green-all-season fairways, exceptional bunkering and the clever use of beautiful water features. The total length of the course, off the championship tees, is 6749 metres, whereas the members length ranges from 5878 metres from the blue club tees to the senior/ladies championship tees at 5586 metres. The ladies course spans 4935 metres. The layout of the course was designed with the prevailing winter north-westerly and summer south-easterly winds in mind.. All par 3’s and par 5’s play in different directions, providing the golfer with varying conditions throughout the round.

Accolades

  • 2003 – Opened by Nicklaus and the Black Knight – Gary Player
  • 2005 – Best New Golf Course of The Year 2005 by Golf Digest
  • 2007 – 2009 – Host of the South African Open
  • 2006 – 2017- Ranked among the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest
  • 2008 – 2013 Five Star Golf Experience Award by Compleat Golfer
  • 2014 – Justin Rose selects Pearl Valley’s fourth hole as one of his favourite ‘Nine Holes From Around The World’, in partnership with British Airways
  • 2017 – Audubon Certification Achieved
  • 2008 – 2019 – Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape by Golf Digest.
  • 2018/2019 – Ranked as the 5th best golf course in South Africa by Golf Digest

Location And Travel

  • 35 minutes from Cape Town CBD via new Val de Vie bridge
  • 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport via new Val de Vie bridge
  • 15 minutes from Stellenbosch via new Val de Vie bridge
  • 15 minutes from Franschhoek
  • 8 minutes from Paarl

Local Attractions

Franschhoek, also known as the culinary capital of South Africa, is a quaint town offering a variety of fine dining experiences. Three of the top 10 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, with an array of wine cellars and historic wine farms. The Franschhoek village has a wonderful collection of art galleries and antique shops and the main street is lined with restaurants and coffee shops, making it an enjoyable day out with family and friends.

The historic town of Paarl boasts the Taal Monument, the iconic Paarl Rock or a drive down the longest main road in South Africa – 11km in total. Visit the Spice Route, Fairview or the residents of Manor House Alpacas. A host of restaurants and award winning wine cellars allow for a relaxing visit and provides an opportunity to explore the local lifestyle.

The second oldest town in South Africa – Stellenbosch – is a renowned tourist destination and the perfect destination for exploring the Cape Winelands.

Cape Town is only 35 minutes away and has consistently been recognised as one of the best tourist attractions in the world. Pearl Valley’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is perfectly located to enjoy the best on offer in this picturesque corner of South Africa.

Gardens & Wildlife

Pearl Valley is celebrated for its scenic natural environment, with lush indigenous fynbos, ample trees, numerous lakes and an abundance of wildlife and birds. With the iconic African Fish Eagle, Spotted Eagle Owl, Malachite & Pied Kingfishers, Buzzards, Kites, Commerants, Coots and African Duck to name a few – the estate is a birder’s paradise. Maintaining this natural heritage is a priority and Pearl Valley currently has an indigenous vegetation coverage of 80% in residential and open areas.

Environmental Updates by Simon Allen.
Simon Allen has been working closely with Mike Westman. He has been helping us for the past 7 months gain our Aduban accreditation.

In-water Perches
Bat Roosting Boxes
Bird Nesting Boxes

Owl Boxes at Pearl Valley

As part of our environmental strategy here at Pearl Valley and in partnership with our friends from Eagle Encounters, owl boxes have been put up across the estate. There already exists a current population of owls but by putting up owl boxes we encourage the owls to stay in the area and also to breed. There are 2 predominant owl species within our area being the Spotted Eagle Owl and the Barn Owl.

Overall the estate can accommodate about 20 owl boxes. Because these baby owls have been reared in a box they will seek out a box as a nest. Once they have claimed a box they will stay there forever as they are territorial and breed in the area.

Releasing Rehabilitated Owls Back into the Wild

In conjunction with our partners from Eagle Encounters, we have been releasing rehabilitated owls back into the wild. Eagle Encounters receives & rehabilitates birds of prey that have been injured, poisoned, abused or hand-reared. When they are fit, healthy and able to hunt and breed again they are released into the wild. Only hand-reared birds are kept for education purposes.

Our first 4 owls arrived in October 2015 and to date we have successfully released 9 Spotted Eagle Owls. When the owls arrive they are kept enclosed in a cage for about 2 weeks. They are fed daily and fresh water is supplied. After about 2 weeks we open the cage but still supply food and water daily. Eventually we start feeding less and less until the owls are self-sufficient and move out of the area.

Official Bird List

With no less than 132 different bird species officially recorded on the estate (855 different bird species are found in Southern Africa), Pearl Valley can be considered a bird sanctuary. Apart from the impressive diversity, vulnerable species such as the Black Harrier, Blue Crane and Great White Pelican are also found here. Please click here to download the official Pearl Valley Bird list, the result of a project carried out over several years and a recent official independent bird count. The list indicates the most likely areas for sightings and specie conservation status. We especially recognize the efforts of Dr. Rob Little from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute at the University of Cape Town, The Cape Bird Club, Evert Nel (former Pearl Valley Golf Club Captain), Joël Roerig and Chris Brunt for their assistance in the compilation of the list.

Berg River Rehabilitation

The Berg River forms the south-western border of the estate along a 1.2km stretch. Pearl Valley, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, embarked on the Berg River Rehabilitation Project in 2014. Restoring this important river system benefits both the greater agricultural industry and surrounding communities. The removal of large swathes of alien vegetation (such as Port Jackson and Blue Gum) and re-introducing endemic indigenous species will have various benefits, including bank stabilization, flood attenuation and filtering surface flow run-off from adjacent lands. Pearl Valley successfully introduced more than 12,000 shrub and tree plantlings including yellowwood, wild peach, wild olive and wild almond on the estate’s riparian zone, covering 2.4 hectares.

Discover The Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

As the name implies, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course truly bears the stamp of the world’s preeminent golf course designer – nicknamed the Golden Bear. It has the thumbprint of a true champion and is the realisation of one man’s vision, philosophy and passion for the greatest game of all.

A Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is the highest tier of design offering from world leaders Nicklaus Design. This design features the most extensive involvement by Jack Nicklaus, who personally directs all design-related issues and serves as promotional spokesman for the golf course. Jack Nicklaus visits the site to determine the feasibility of layout and design, is present during the construction phases and provides input and approval on all key decisions.

The Golden Bear opened the course in 2003, commenting, “Surrounded by mountains this is one of the most spectacular settings in which I have designed a golf course.” In the world of golf it is simply not possible to receive a greater endorsement.

Jack’s unique touch is evident throughout the course and his masterpiece is characterised by lush green-all-season fairways, exceptional bunkering and the clever use of beautiful water features. The total length of the course, off the championship tees, is 6749 metres, whereas the members length ranges from 5878 metres from the blue club tees to the senior/ladies championship tees at 5586 metres. The ladies course spans 4935 metres. The layout of the course was designed with the prevailing winter north-westerly and summer south-easterly winds in mind.. All par 3’s and par 5’s play in different directions, providing the golfer with varying conditions throughout the round.

Accolades

  • 2003 – Opened by Nicklaus and the Black Knight – Gary Player
  • 2005 – Best New Golf Course of The Year 2005 by Golf Digest
  • 2007 – 2009 – Host of the South African Open
  • 2006 – 2017- Ranked among the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest
  • 2008 – 2013 Five Star Golf Experience Award by Compleat Golfer
  • 2014 – Justin Rose selects Pearl Valley’s fourth hole as one of his favourite ‘Nine Holes From Around The World’, in partnership with British Airways
  • 2017 – Audubon Certification Achieved
  • 2008 – 2019 – Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape by Golf Digest.
  • 2018/2019 – Ranked as the 5th best golf course in South Africa by Golf Digest

Location And Travel

  • 35 minutes from Cape Town CBD via new Val de Vie bridge
  • 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport via new Val de Vie bridge
  • 15 minutes from Stellenbosch via new Val de Vie bridge
  • 15 minutes from Franschhoek
  • 8 minutes from Paarl

Local Attractions

Franschhoek, also known as the culinary capital of South Africa, is a quaint town offering a variety of fine dining experiences. Three of the top 10 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, with an array of wine cellars and historic wine farms. The Franschhoek village has a wonderful collection of art galleries and antique shops and the main street is lined with restaurants and coffee shops, making it an enjoyable day out with family and friends.

The historic town of Paarl boasts the Taal Monument, the iconic Paarl Rock or a drive down the longest main road in South Africa – 11km in total. Visit the Spice Route, Fairview or the residents of Manor House Alpacas. A host of restaurants and award winning wine cellars allow for a relaxing visit and provides an opportunity to explore the local lifestyle.

The second oldest town in South Africa – Stellenbosch – is a renowned tourist destination and the perfect destination for exploring the Cape Winelands.

Cape Town is only 35 minutes away and has consistently been recognised as one of the best tourist attractions in the world. Pearl Valley’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is perfectly located to enjoy the best on offer in this picturesque corner of South Africa.

Gardens & Wildlife

Pearl Valley is celebrated for its scenic natural environment, with lush indigenous fynbos, ample trees, numerous lakes and an abundance of wildlife and birds. With the iconic African Fish Eagle, Spotted Eagle Owl, Malachite & Pied Kingfishers, Buzzards, Kites, Commerants, Coots and African Duck to name a few – the estate is a birder’s paradise. Maintaining this natural heritage is a priority and Pearl Valley currently has an indigenous vegetation coverage of 80% in residential and open areas.

Environmental Updates by Simon Allen.
Simon Allen has been working closely with Mike Westman. He has been helping us for the past 7 months gain our Aduban accreditation.

In-water Perches
Bat Roosting Boxes
Bird Nesting Boxes

Owl Boxes at Pearl Valley

As part of our environmental strategy here at Pearl Valley and in partnership with our friends from Eagle Encounters, owl boxes have been put up across the estate. There already exists a current population of owls but by putting up owl boxes we encourage the owls to stay in the area and also to breed. There are 2 predominant owl species within our area being the Spotted Eagle Owl and the Barn Owl.

Overall the estate can accommodate about 20 owl boxes. Because these baby owls have been reared in a box they will seek out a box as a nest. Once they have claimed a box they will stay there forever as they are territorial and breed in the area.

Releasing Rehabilitated Owls Back into the Wild

In conjunction with our partners from Eagle Encounters, we have been releasing rehabilitated owls back into the wild. Eagle Encounters receives & rehabilitates birds of prey that have been injured, poisoned, abused or hand-reared. When they are fit, healthy and able to hunt and breed again they are released into the wild. Only hand-reared birds are kept for education purposes.

Our first 4 owls arrived in October 2015 and to date we have successfully released 9 Spotted Eagle Owls. When the owls arrive they are kept enclosed in a cage for about 2 weeks. They are fed daily and fresh water is supplied. After about 2 weeks we open the cage but still supply food and water daily. Eventually we start feeding less and less until the owls are self-sufficient and move out of the area.

Official Bird List

With no less than 132 different bird species officially recorded on the estate (855 different bird species are found in Southern Africa), Pearl Valley can be considered a bird sanctuary. Apart from the impressive diversity, vulnerable species such as the Black Harrier, Blue Crane and Great White Pelican are also found here. Please click here to download the official Pearl Valley Bird list, the result of a project carried out over several years and a recent official independent bird count. The list indicates the most likely areas for sightings and specie conservation status. We especially recognize the efforts of Dr. Rob Little from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute at the University of Cape Town, The Cape Bird Club, Evert Nel (former Pearl Valley Golf Club Captain), Joël Roerig and Chris Brunt for their assistance in the compilation of the list.

Berg River Rehabilitation

The Berg River forms the south-western border of the estate along a 1.2km stretch. Pearl Valley, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, embarked on the Berg River Rehabilitation Project in 2014. Restoring this important river system benefits both the greater agricultural industry and surrounding communities. The removal of large swathes of alien vegetation (such as Port Jackson and Blue Gum) and re-introducing endemic indigenous species will have various benefits, including bank stabilization, flood attenuation and filtering surface flow run-off from adjacent lands. Pearl Valley successfully introduced more than 12,000 shrub and tree plantlings including yellowwood, wild peach, wild olive and wild almond on the estate’s riparian zone, covering 2.4 hectares.