Words cannot capture the sensational environment this course is at heart of. Forest, mountain and river are seen from an undulating valley and the panorama expands to allow uninterrupted overviews of the Knysna Lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads leading to the Ocean. The golfer will be distracted by this awesome beauty, but there is much to concentrate on as Nicklaus has maximised the use of the hilly terrain to create an undulating, meandering golf challenge regarded as one of the most favoured among the abundant golf visitors to this area.
A par 72, the golf course has a parkland feel throughout, though the mood is split between two amphitheatre locations straddled by a natural ridge. The first seven valley holes have those magnificent views of the Knysna River, while the 11 holes on the opposing side of the ridge have a sense of space due to the uninterrupted panorama of the surrounding area, which includes the Knysna Heads, lagoon and mountains. Immaculate Kikuyu fairways are punctuated with excellent Bent Grass, many of which are smaller than expected of a modern course, but which are strategically designed to challenge the golfer to choose the right approach to them to maximise scoring chances.