Garden Route DestinationsPinnacle Point, Garden Route
There are few scenes as breath-taking and impressive than the vast expanses of the ocean as it undulates in a roaring ballet, crashing on rock faces or lapping the pristine gold of the sands. This is the scene that awaits visitors to the luxury estate of Pinnacle Point.
The Pinnacle Point golf estate is perched on the coastal cliffs around Mossel Bay on the Garden Route, while the Oyster Bay and Eden Bay beaches lie in wait below, caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. So, sea views abound, and can be enjoyed from the golf course, restaurant, and just about every property in Pinnacle Point. Views of the greens and fairways are equally exquisite, making your stay here a really scenic one.
Because this part of the Garden Route is about an utterly luxurious lifestyle, it has hosted a number of celebrities and top-notch golfers. The facilities and amenities are geared to cater for even the most seasoned of travellers, but the green fees remain competitive.
Part of the estate has been declared a nature reserve and boasts some stunning fauna and flora. Zebras, antelope and a variety of birds can be seen enjoying the serene surrounds. This is also a prime whale watching spot between July and December, when southern rights, humpbacks and orcas visit this stretch of the South African coastline. Bird watchers love finding a peaceful spot to sit and enjoy the many avian species around this point. A number of walking and hiking trails wind their way through the landscape too.
Pinnacle Point is a heritage site, where archaeological remains speak of a prehistoric society that once occupied the caves and mountains here. Formal tours are conducted for those that want to delve into this fascinating feature of yesteryear.
The Pinnacle Restaurant combines delicious dishes with some awe-inspiring views. The menu is made up of traditional favourites like English breakfasts, burgers, fish, salads, soups, pastas and grills. There are also fantastic dishes that make for a real treat. Try the brie and fig pizza, or the parmesan and parsley-crusted line fish.
Of course, Pinnacle Point is all about world-class golfing (seePinnacle Point Golf Course) and was voted South Africa’s best golf course in 2016 by World Golf Awards. This is an 18-hole championship course that was designed by Peter Matkovich, who opened it with top Irish Tour golfing pro Darren Clarke in 2006. This is a clifftop fynbos golf course with a 72 par layout. No fewer than seven of the holes line the rock cliffs overlooking the ocean, and four of these seven are played over ocean and cliff. There is also an onsite pro shop available for those that need gear and accessories.
Pinnacle Point is perched between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, both of which are about 400 kilometres away. Cape Town’s international airport is a popular base from which to explore this unique country. Nearby towns include George and Knysna.