Proudly Pinnacle – South Africa’s world-renowned golfing gem

Posted: 30th November 2016

Excellence is par for the course at Pinnacle Point Estate, and the golf course has racked up impressive achievements over the last 10 years

Following the contours of the coastline near Mossel Bay, Pinnacle Point Estate is not only home to a spectacular clifftop links golf course, but fantastic practice facilities, a pro shop and a clubhouse perched on a peninsula with 270-degree sea views. As 2016 comes to an end, award-winning Pinnacle Point Estate looks back at some of the highlights of its decade of distinction.

 

2006

The true design ingenuity of the 18-hole course can be attributed to Peter Matkovich, who has been designing world-class golf courses since 1975. “Pinnacle Point Estate is without doubt the most spectacular golf course I have ever had the opportunity to design,” he says. Matkovich opened the course together with top golfing professional, Darren Clarke, in November 2006.

 

2007

in January 2007, Pinnacle Point Estate was selected by American publication, Golf Travel & Leisure, as one of the top 10 new courses in the world. Since its opening, the golf course has been rated among the top 20 courses in South Africa.

 

2008

Pinnacle Point Estate was awarded the Compleat Golfer 5-star Experience Award. This awardrecognises performance excellence and is seen as the ‘Oscar’ of the industry, celebrating the top 25 South African clubs that represent the country’s finest golfing experiences.

 

2012

Pinnacle Point Estate was once again awarded the Compleat Golfer 5-star Experience Award.

 

2013

Pinnacle Point Estate was awarded the Compleat Golfer 5-star Experience Award for the second year in a row.

 

In the same year, South African golfer, Louis Oosthuizen, signed a five-year contract to host his Louis 57 Academy at Pinnacle Point Estate. “It really is a special golf course. The vistas from almost all the tees are the best in the world – especially the cliff-side holes where you have to play over the sea!” he says.

 

2014/2015

Pinnacle Point Estate received the International Property Award for Best Golf Development in Africa, a global symbol of property excellence. The estate was also highly commended in the residential category of this prestigious award.

 

2016

2016 has been a ‘hole-in-one’ kind of year for Pinnacle Point Estate, marking the lifestyle estate’s 10th birthday by being awarded the winner of South Africa’s Best Golf Course in the third Annual World Golf Awards staged at the luxurious Conrad Algarve, the most modern five-star hotel in Portugal, on 12th November 2016. Votes were made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents, media professionals and the public nd were submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.

 

Pinnacle Point Estate is also making its swing internationally, recently featuring in three top international golfing publications:

 

· Pinnacle Point Estate was the only South African golf course featured in ‘Courses You Must Play’ outside of the US in the November edition of US-based LINKS magazine.

· A stunning three-page spread was dedicated to Pinnacle Point Estate in the French magazine,Golf Du Maroc.

· Pinnacle Point Estate topped the list of ‘Top 10 courses you must not miss during a trip to South Africa’, compiled by the editors of Swedish Golf Digest.

 

Looking forward…

The World Golf Awards, which took place in Portugal on 12 November 2016, awarded South Africa as Africa’s best golfing destination, while the Global Golf Tourism Organisation, IAGTO, recently declared the Western Cape the best international golfing destination in Africa and the Gulf States at the 2017 IAGTO Awards held in Palma de Mallorca on 17 November 2016.

 

As golf tourism in the region soars, there is no doubt that Pinnacle Point Estate will continue to flourish and we look forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring to this world-renowned golfing gem of the Southern Cape.

 

CHRISTO LAMPRECHT : 2016 KINGSWOOD CHAMPION

Posted: 24 October 2016

Christo won the 2016 Kingswood Open, Sunday 23 October, on a score of -5 (68 / 71). Martin Vorster wasT2 on a score of -2 (69 / 73). Well Done !

 

Louis’ Boys triumph at SA Junior Club Champs MOSSEL BAY

Posted: 13th September 2016

"Louis’ Boys triumph at SA Junior Club Champs MOSSEL BAY, 13 September 2016 – Louis Oosthuizen’s young protégées stayed the course to celebrate wire-to-wire success in the Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Golf Championship at Mossel Bay Golf Club on Tuesday.

The five stroke victory was an emotional one for Martin Vorster, Christo Lamprecht, Marcus Smal and Jordan Duminy, who have thrived under the watchful eye of the 2010 Open Champion at the Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy.

“Twelve months ago, this quartet suffered a painful loss in the final round of the 2015 edition and after the first two rounds, we were leading by four shots and everyone was thinking the same thing,” said team manager Petrie Cronje. “We were in exactly the same position when Modderfontein Golf Club pipped us at the post. This time around, every member of the team was determined to see it through to the end. Vorster, Lamprecht and Smal combined for an opening 221 to put the Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy in pole position and the same trio constructed a second round 225 to stay ahead of the pursuing pack. Lamprecht fired a 71 and Smal and Duminy posted a pair of 73s for a final round 217 that secured the five shot victory for the team.

“The boys showed incredible spirit and all four players won this for Louis,” Cronje said. “It meant so much to them to win Louis’ event, because he has been a part of their lives and careers for a long time. Louis is very hands-on with the academy members and follows every step of their development. “Winning here at Mossel Bay Golf Club makes this victory even more special. This is where Louis shot that legendary 57 in 2002, this is where the idea of the Louis 57 Golf Academy was born and this is where Louis committed to take his passion for junior golf to the next level with the launch of Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Club Championship.

“I know Louis is going to burst with pride when he hears about this victory and he will know, this one was just for him.” The Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy finished on 663, Fancourt Country Club took second on 668 and Durbanville Golf Club finished in third on 677. TEAM RESULT 663 Louis 57 Golf Academy 668 Fancourt CC 677 Durbanville GC 677 Paarl GC 684 Somerset West GC 686 States Mines CC 699 Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC 701 Cotswold Downs 714 Akasia CC 720 Klerksdorp GC 722 Middelburg GC 725 Modderfontein GC 743 Ebotse Links PHOTO – The Louis 57 Junior Golf Academy team, winners of the 2016 Louis Oosthuizen SA Junior Championship, with team manager Petrie Cronje from Louis 57;

credit SCGU. Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of the South African Golf Association."

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