Pinnacle Point Lodge

About Pinnacle Point

When the golf course opened in 2006, the American publication Golf Travel & Leisure selected Pinnacle Point as one of the Top Ten new courses in the world and it has since been rated among the top 20 courses in South Africa. Darren Clarke, 2011 British Open Champion, described the course as “the best golf course on the planet”

Pinnacle Point offers the travel guru and serious golfer the ideal break-away destination. Set on a cliffside overlooking the Indian Ocean, the spectacular golf course and Estate with its unsurpassed views and tranquility helps you live the lifestyle for a day, a week or a lifetime. 

A mere 400 km from both Port Elizabeth and Cape Town and just half an hour’s drive from George Airport, Pinnacle Point is at the gateway to everything that the Garden Route has to offer

Things To Do

Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate offers stunning scenery and numerous activities - fauna and flora, the renowned St Blaise walking trail, tennis court, Louis Oosthuizen Golf Academy and Driving Range , a private beach accessible from the golf clubhouse on foot, a Provincial Heritage archeological cave site .... and for the excitement seekers a casino, bars and restaurants all within a 5 min walk from the Lodge. It is also the perfect place from which to explore the Garden Route which has countless activities to offer and is probably one of the most diversified and interesting areas in South Africa when it comes to things to do.

10 REASONS TO PLAY GOLF

  • Golf Course designed by renowned golf course architect Peter Matkovich
  • opened in 2006 and in 2007 rated among the top ten new courses in the world
  • currently rated among the top 20 courses in South Africa
  • Complete Golfer 5-star Experience Award in 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • 7 kms of fairways, 80 bunkers; the Indian Ocean the only water hazard
  • home to British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen
  • Louis Oosthuizen Golf Academy and Driving Range 
  • no caddies - carts only
  • Pro Shop on site for golfing essentials and memorabilia
  • 360 degree views of golf course and Indian Oceanm from Clubhouse and Restaurant
  • magnificent sea views from every hole on the course

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Dining
Visit The Pinnacle Restaurant and treat yourself to delicious food whilst surrounded by beautiful greens and the vista and blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It is the perfect venue for those special events.
Beaches
Pinnacle Point has two magnificent beaches one at Oyster Bay and one at Eden Bay. Come and enjoy a wonderful Beach holiday.
Bird Watching
Pinnacle Point has a huge variety of birds ranging from the magnificent soaring eagles to the small South African humming birds. Come and experience the Bird Hide set in the Game reserve.
Casino
Pinnacle Point is right next door to the famous Garden Route Casino which also has great entertainment in the Bravo Lounge.
Fishing
Fishing is a popular pastime here at Pinnacle Point. Fish from the shore next to our beaches or arrange deep sea fishing experience.
Historical Caves/ Archaeology
Pinnacle Point is now a Heritage Site where remarkable finds have been uncovered. Discover the history of modern man and join an official guided tour.
Walks
Pinnacle Point has a number of easily accessible walks. These include those on our paths around the estate together with our trails through our nature reserve area. One can also access the remarkable St. Blaise trail that goes right along the estate.
Swimming Pools
Pinnacle Point has a large communal pool together with a children’s paddling pool in the centre of our lodges.
Golf
The championship golf course has won numerous awards including the 5 star golf experience award.

The Golf Experience

The Pinnacle Point Golf Course is something truly unique for the discerning golfer. This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich who opened the course together with top Irish Tour Golf Professional Darren Clarke in November 2006.

Darren Clarke, who was also involved with many aspects of the Pinnacle Point course design, has said that Pinnacle Point is “... the best golf course on the planet.” Pinnacle Point was selected as one of the Top Ten New Golf Courses of the World by the American publication Travel & Leisure in January 2007.

This Clifftop Fynbos Golf Course inspires the golfer to play this challenging layout with a level of respect due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. All 18 holes have been designed to fit the contours of the land.

The reintroduction of the endemic fauna and flora to the estate has been hailed as a remarkable achievement by local and international ecologists and the preservation of this pristine Fynbos is an ongoing commitment by the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate.

Pinnacle Point has received the ultimate accolade and is recognised for its outstanding service standards, having been awarded the Compleat Golfer 5-star Experience Award. Assessment is based on various categories, including clubhouse facilities, golf course, halfway house, practice facilities, customer service quality, price/value relationship, services offered and ambiance. Recognising performance excellence in the golfing world and seen as the 'Oscars' of the golfing industry, the Compleat Golfer 5-Star Experience Awards, celebrates the top 25 South African clubs that represent the country's finest golfing experiences. The Pinnacle Point golf course, which is open to the public, has gone from strength to strength and is now rated as one of the top courses in the world.

The full text of this article has been retrieved from http://www.pinnaclepointestate.co.za/golf/course-overview/

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Historical Caves / Archaeology

Pinnacle Point is a small promontory immediately south of Mossel Bay, a town on the southern coast of South Africa. Excavations since the year 2000 of a series of caves at Pinnacle Point have revealed occupation by Middle Stone Age people between 40,000 and 170,000 years ago. The focus of excavations has been at caves directly below the Golf Clubhouse where the earliest evidence of the use of marine resources (shellfish) and where the heat treatment of rock to make stone tools has been documented. Human remains have been recovered which are ≈100,000 years old.

The discoveries at Pinnacle Point have been made by an international team, headed by palaeoanthropologist Curtis Marean from the Institute of Human Origins of the Arizona State University as well as researchers from South Africa (UCT), Australia (Archaeology Program, La Trobe University, UoW), Israel, and France.

After debating for decades, paleoanthropologists now agree there is enough genetic and fossil evidence to suggest that Homo Sapiens evolved in Africa. At that time the world was in an ice age, and Africa was dry and arid. As archaeological sites dating to that time period are rare in Africa, palaeontologist Curtis Marean analyzed geologic formations, sea currents, and climate data to pinpoint likely archaeological sites. One of the destinations was Pinnacle Point.

Pinnacle Point declared a Provincial Heritage Site

The archaeological sites at Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point – which have revealed some of the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – have been declared Provincial Heritage Sites.

"This is a significant step towards having Pinnacle Point declared a World Heritage Site," said Professor Curtis Marean, who heads the South African Coastal Palaeoclimate, palaeoenvironment, Paleoecology, and Palaeoanthropology (SACP4) Project, which is studying the finds from Pinnacle Point.

The archaeological remains first came to light during an environmental impact study of a portion of land that would later be developed as the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort. The 1997 survey by Dr. Peter Nilssen – of the Iziko South African Museum – revealed a number of stone age sites as well as evidence that humans had inhabited the caves in the cliffs below the present-day Pinnacle Point Club House for tens of thousands of years.

South African Coastal. (n.d.). Retrieved from Arizona State University: http://sacp4web.asu.edu/

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