It has been a while since I have been to a golf course, or even a golf estate as a matter of fact, so when I received a phone call from Pinnacle Point Golf Estate to invite me to their invitational golf day and the launch of their events venue I grabbed the opportunity with both hands, bearing in mind that this happens to be one of my most favourite coastlines in South Africa.
I have had glimpses before of this coastline, near Mosselbay via Vleesbaai and Gouritzmond; it is where the St Blaize trail edges along the staggered coast of rock and stone leading to some of the most breathtaking view point’s I have seen. So you can imagine hoe I felt when I saw this golf course for the first time, it was like discovering the most beautiful picture in the world. The mere fact that someone has taken the time and effort to sculpt this piece of golf art into the cliff side leaves one in awe. It definitely is unique in its making and will be iconic for the rest of time.
Pinnacle Point has re-launched the estate making it a “live the lifestyle” destination, giving the public the opportunity to experience a game of golf, visit the new La Vita spa, or host a banquet, wedding or a conference. All at venue which overlooks the ocean. Added to this I highly recommend that you book accommodation and make full use of all the facilities on offer here.
For the golf enthusiast Pinnacle Point offers a driving range, a Pro Shop and full facilities for testing that golf swing.
I watched as golfers enjoyed the invitational golf which was hosted over 2 days, while family and friends indulged in the facilities of the La Vita spa. Visitors smiled and enjoyed the place, the people, and their surroundings. Greatly appreciating all effort that had been put in to making it a perfect weekend away.
But, I think my favourite activity for the weekend was watching and interviewing the kids as they had their caps and rugby balls signed by some of our rugby legends. Their faces beamed as they looked up at these “giants” of sport. One of the kids I interviewed was so enthusiastic about rugby that he blurted out that he was one day going to play “the game” for the Springboks. So watch the name Jamie van Zyl!!
Thank you, Fourie Du Preez, Handre Pollard, Johan Heunis and Werner Greeff for engaging so keenly with these young future sportsmen of the region. Let’s hope that we see them out there on the field one day.
Then to the young man Seamus Mchugh that puts so much effort into developing the sport of golf for our youth, you really made my day. Your passion shines through in every moment of what you do. Keep up the good work. Pinnacle is so lucky to have you.
Another thing that makes Pinnacle Point so unique is that it has one of the oldest Heritage sites in the world and has been declared a South African National Heritage site; soon they hope to be declared a world Heritage Site. This could possibly be where the small core population that gave rise to all humans alive today first began to exhibit their modern behaviour. It is here they harvested food from the sea, used complex bladelet technology, and ochres for symboling. The Caves are also significant because they may provide clues as to how our species reacts to climate change from 400,000 to about 30,000 years ago. Descending down towards the caves you are taken to the edge of the cliff face where hidden hollows are revealed, although picturesque it is quite daunting to think that people actually roamed and gathered food here.
The knowledge and understanding of the complex history, archaeology and plant life, that Christopher our guide so carefully shared with us, is astounding. If you are a student of life, a wide-eyed wanderer or an adventurer this place is definitely worth a visit. You will return from this trek enlightened and with a triggered sense of wonder,thinking about the possibilities and impossibilities of past life experiences right on the foothold of Africa.
Many thanks to everyone involved in the making of a great weekend