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“Hotel OK - golf course in terrible condition”

Arabella Golf Estate
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Arabella has lived on its reputation as the 4th best golf course in South Africa for ten years now and is frankly living on borrowed time. Right now it would be lucky to be ranked in the first 100. OK , so they are undertaking ( much overdue) improvements to the watering system but this leaves the course in a dreadful condition - the greens are pitifully slow, many fairways being re- turfed and some dead. And they have the audacity to continue to charge the full greens fees, which are among the most expensive in Africa. This is a disgrace.

The hotel tries better. Particularly in the restaurant where Chef Uwe Grote has developed his cuisine and his brigade to achieve good things, paying particular regard to sourcing his ingredients locally and as fresh as it is possible to obtain, with the commensurate emphasis on clean tastes and allowing the produce to speak for itself.

We had a 'plateau of fruits de mer' served grilled with a buerre blanc lemon sauce which could not have been fresher or better presented. A pate of springbok carpaccio was beautifully seasoned and tasteful. He is to be congratulated on his approach - modern cooking and clean tastes.

Go to Arabella to enjoy the hotel and restaurant - but don't play golf until they have sorted out the course and/or reduced their greens fees to allow for the condition of the course.....at current prices it is a rip-off.

Thank petters7270
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We tried to visit Arabella to talk to the pro about organising a golf tour for a group of friends and were told at the gate that we could not go in. They said there was a conference on. We asked them to ring the pro shop and ask if we could go and talk to them and they wouldn't do tha. We asked for some information on the course/hotel and they had nothing to give us. We shall definitely cross it off our tour we are arranging for later in the year.

Thank JandDgolfers
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

It has a fabulous spa for the girls while the men play golf. If you prefer outside, you can spend time by the pool and order pool service. It is truly a luxury hotel.

Thank karinvanblerk
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

We had a wonderful stay here. The Spa is also very nice with kid friend;y timings too. This was a great choice to relax for a couple of days at the end of our road trip across SA. Its not very near to any place like Hermanus etc but we didnt mind that as the drives were divine.

Thank rainbow2009
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

The hotel was magnificent but unfortunately the fairways of the golf course were in very poor shape due to reticulation renovation. The greens were in equally bad shape when in fact there was no excuse for the greens
I would avoid playing here for about 12 months

Thank Peter M
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