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.
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