My wife and I stayed at Goose Valley Golf Club in a rented apartment for the third time this year. It was a three week rental and obtained via one of the many rental agents in the area. We like it here or we wouldn't keep coming back:
1. It is on a secure gated estate with easy access for residents.
2. There is 24 hour security although I'm not sure Plettenberg has a high crime rate compared to other South African cities and towns.
3. Tee reservations for those who play golf, and not all residents do so, are available at most times of the day through the very friendly staff in the Pro shop. As with all such courses situated in holiday destinations you may be paired up with people you don't know. This has never been a problem for us and we have met some really nice people this way.
4. There is free WiFi in the clubhouse and library.
5. The food and drink side of things in the clubhouse were very good and the service was OK.
This is a very user friendly course for all abilities. You choose which tees to play from to maximise your overall enjoyment (see later comments). The greens on our visit were in excellent condition and the fairways were well maintained even though there are often lengthy periods without rain in this area. The fairway bunkers are a little unfair however as they are all deep and high faced in the direction of play, more like greenside bunkers. This apparently is down the the designer Gary Player who goes in for that type of thing. Overall however a good place to play friendly social golf. There are a couple of competitions each week that visitors can enter but we didn't bother.
1. Evening dinner is a bit patchy in the clubhouse during the low season in February and March. It would have been nice to have been able to eat dinner at about 7pm to 7.30pm but the only time you could guarantee this was on a Friday for the weekly BBQ. Other 'themed' nights used to advertised and on our first visit some years ago different caterers made an effort to get people in. It does save the drink driving problem when you have a restaurant on site. Shame.
2. There are too many different green fee prices which are not properly explained meaning you could be paying more than you need to.
3. Having mentioned the tee ground options, these should be varied dependant on handicap ability. It seems odd that a beginner, and we have all been there, can use the same back tees as an experienced low handicap player. Play is quicker and everyone gets to enjoy and it is still a good test from the forward tees.
4. On the subject of speed of play, the course marshall can sometimes be a little over zealous but then again the South African desire to have a half way house stop sometimes can cause problems in that area.
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