Areas and Places

Award-winning Jack Nicklaus Golf Course sees positive growth under Val de Vie’s management

Since the merger with Val de Vie Estate, neighbouring Pearl Valley has entered into a new chapter. Situated in the exquisite Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley was rated by international rating agency New World Wealth (NWW) as the leading residential estate in South Africa. The course has seen a steep rise in popularity recently, with an increase of 35 percent in its golf rounds for May year on year.

Pearl Valley has always seen success as home to one of the top golf courses in the country, and now as part of Val de Vie’s greater development, is set for further growth and achievements.

Comments Val de Vie Estate’s Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling: “Val de Vie Estate was ideally positioned to acquire Pearl Valley. By leveraging the power of Val de Vie’s existing infrastructure, it was viable for us to seamlessly connect the two estates and develop Pearl Valley further.”

Adding to the area’s natural beauty, Pearl Valley’s definitive Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course bears the signature of Jack Nicklaus as a world distinguished golf course designer. Named the ‘Best Conditioned’ golf course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012/2013 and again for 2014/2015 by Golf Digest magazine, the course was also awarded the ‘Five Star Experience Award’ by Compleat Golfer for six consecutive years. Pearl Valley has also consistently ranked among the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest magazine since 2006 to date.

The course was the home of the SA Open for three consecutive years in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Commenting on the incredible condition of the course, 2007 US Masters Champion Trevor Immelman said, during the 2008 South African Open, that the course is possibly the best he has ever played on.

While top players such as Richard Sterne, Lee-Ann Pace, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman and Rory Mcllroy have competed on its fairways, Pearl Valley looks forward to additional famous faces at the Val de Vie Foundation Celebrity Golf Day on the 21st of October. A number of non-resident golf memberships are available for 2016 which afford unlimited access to member practice facilities, access to member competitions, and reciprocity to Jack Nicklaus golf courses worldwide amongst other offerings.

Pearl Valley will include a luxury five-star Mantis Collection boutique hotel where the construction of phase one has already started. The sale of phase one units went exceptionally well and have sold out, with phase two due to be launched soon. The hotel will consist of 80 bedrooms, split into 10 freestanding double-storey buildings to maximise picturesque views of the surrounding mountains.

Pearl Valley is part of Val de Vie Estate’s stable of products which includes the Polo Village, Gentleman’s Estates, the Vines, Val de Vie Lifestyle Club, Retirement Village and The Stables amongst others. Pearl Valley will now be known as Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate.

Surrounded by the majestic Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains, and situated on the Berg River, residents can expect privacy and well-managed safety and security, amidst the rarity and natural beauty of true starlight and the peaceful sounds of nature. Pearl Valley amenities include The Valley Restaurant, a beautiful eatery that features an impressive selection of award-winning wines. The member’s lounge and halfway-house as well as a clubhouse and the Breathe Spa & Hair Salon are also on offer, alongside tennis courts, a resident’s pool, a spacious gym and a bar from which to enjoy sundowners.

Adds Neethling: “A 34 ha equestrian farm, currently outside of the security perimeter is set to be included into the ‘super-estate’ at the end of the year.”

Val de Vie and Pearl Valley enjoy the best of both worlds; low density residential housing and all the space of a country lifestyle setting, but within close proximity to top schools and conveniently situated near urban nodes such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The estates are near to and within under an hour’s drive of Cape Town International Airport, major business hubs and the Cape Town CBD.