Set on a lush island in the middle of the Vaal River, the Vaal de Grace Golf Estate is a popular choice for groups looking to combine business with a round with a round or two on a championship golf estate. Marketing and events manager for the Estate, Mandy van der Merwe, tells us more.
Fourteen of the 18 Vaal de Grace course holes are located on an island amid the gushing Vaal waters. The championship course was designed by Nick Price with the intention of blending the course with the surrounding environment. Impala, springbuck, mongoose and a large variety of birdlife including fish eagles are often spotted along the course.
The estate is conveniently situated just outside of Parys on the border between the North West and Free State province and only an hour away from Johannesburg. This makes it a popular choice for groups from various provinces wanting to meet up in person.
Mandy explains that the majority of their bookings are for small groups wanting to combine conferencing with time on the golf course. She explains that two to three-day trips are popular with guests spending a day conferencing, a day on the Vaal de Grace Course and a day trying out the Parts Golf Course in town.
Vaal de Grace can accommodate up to 300 people cinema style in their conference venue. Meals are generally served on the open-air deck overlooking the river. The large four- and five-bedroom houses overlooking the golf course and river can accommodate about to 100 people with a multitude of overflow accommodation options to choose from in nearby Parys.
For team building the lodge tends to outsource activities to Real Adventures. They offer activities such as quad biking, river rafting, drumming, paint ball and hot air ballooning, says Mandy. The area is also well-known for sky diving and Mandy says the spa in town is popular with non-golfing visitors.
“The town of Parys is well worth visiting too. It is well known for its antique stores, its art galleries and has a host of excellent restaurants worth visiting,” adds Mandy.
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Mandy recommends that where possible groups should set up for conferences the day before to avoid a lot of stress on the day.
She also recommends that groups hire a professional sound technician for events. “The last thing you want after putting so much work into preparing for a conference is for the delegates not be able to hear anything,” she says.