Dare To Dream

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Arabella, A Bucket List South African Must

This week’s Dare to Dream is Arabella, one of the best from South Africa -  one of its true highlights! 

A Peter Matkovich designed course, that is dramatically set on the edge of the Bot River Lagoon.  The course is home to thousands of waterfowl and Blue Crane, the Arabella anthem.  The farthest views include the magnificent Kogelberg mountain range.

From an original barley farmland to the 18 hole championship course of today – much earth moving was needed before its impressive opening in 1998. 

The holes are said to flow like the lagoon – many of which have the lagoon as their backdrop.  The 9th, 17th and 18th are some of the most dramatic and picturesque.  The course consistently rates in South Africa’s Top 10 – look out also for the par 5, 8th – rated one of the country’s finest holes.

Between 2000 and 2006 Arabella hosted the Nelson Mandela Invitational, which was renamed the Gary Player Invitational in 2007.  Arabella the host again for a further two years.

The course is set amongst some impressive real estate including a 5-star hotel.  Take a look over this Garden Route challenge – click here – for a fly over.  Originally known as laughing waters, the modern translation of Arabella means beautiful land.

In summary, tree-lined, open parkland, some undulating terrain, with mountains and a river estuary as the picture frame.  Maintained to an exceptional high standard year round – dream of a golf holiday in South Africa, and make sure you include Arabella.