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Glendower Golf Club – December 2016

So the Everyday Golfer sneaks in a round of golf at the venue for the 2017 BMW SA Open Championship. Having the opportunity to play the course a just few weeks before a European Tour event was too good to miss out on. The hospitality boxes and grandstands were busy being erected while we were playing and they were very much in danger from errant shots from all the Everyday Golfers taking on the course. You would hear the odd clanging sound ringing out across the course whenever a  golf ball decided to attack the structures.

So what was it like? Well since the rain returned all the courses in Gauteng are in pristine condition and Glendower was certainly no exception. The course was looking splendid and they had already started growing out the rough, so it was important to try and keep it straight off the tee. If you stray off the straight and narrow you will end up in some of the deepest, densest rough I have yet to encounter. I shudder to think what it will be like come 12 January 2017 when the Big Guns arrive.

View: 2016 BMW SA Open Gallery

Having not played at Glendower for many years, I must admit that it impressed me. This was especially true of the staff. They were always looking for an opportunity to engage and assist you. When wandering through the clubhouse looking for the cloakroom, I was repeatedly offered assistance and given directions. The waiting staff were also very attentive. Glendower must be commended for instilling such excellent customer service in their Team Members. The Club is definitely a 5-star facility. I could not fault any aspect of their offering.

There will be some big name players coming through in January for the BMW SA Open. These include the legendary Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, but the big star attraction is the promised appearance of Rory McIlroy. The recent winner at Leopard Creek and the defending champion Brandon Stone will also be trying to shoot out the lights in the New Year.

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BMW SA Open 2016 18th hole day 4 – photo: Marcel Sigg

I think the course is closed until after the SA Open but if you get a chance, spoil yourself and get in a round with your mates at Glendower. You won’t be disappointed.

My scariest hole – Number 2 – par 5 – The tee shot here is scary. OB right, river left. Did I mention the rough???

My favourite hole – Number 15 – par 5 – Birdied it. That is all.

Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 9.5 out of 10.

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