Vaal de Gráce plays host to the first Nick Price signature golf course in South Africa, with fourteen holes in the North West Province and four in the Free State. The 18 hole layout is forgiving for the average player, but still challenging to the professional who wishes to maintain a good score.
One of the Estate’s main inspirations is Nick Price, the South African born Zimbabwean who has, among dozens of wins, bagged the Open Championship and the PGA Championship – the latter more than once. In the mid-nineties he was regarded as the best player in the world. Known as one of the kindest fellows in the gentlemen’s game, he has persisted to play a great game – and these days his knowledge of golf courses is put to first-class value as a designer. Over the last decade Nick has collaborated on the design of ten golf courses with Steve Smyers, Craig Schreiner, Tommy Fazio and Tom Fazio. He is now working on his own through his own company, Nick Price Golf Course Design, on projects such as this in the United States and other international sites. Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate is, however, his first time to design a course on a residential development. Nowhere is his expertise clearer visible than at Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate – the first full championship course designed by Nick Price in South Africa.