Golf Course Review The Els Club Copperleaf
The South African Legend who is Ernie Els has bestowed this gem on the fortunate folk of Gauteng. Now it goes without saying that many a South African Everyday Golfer has secretly harboured dreams of swinging a golf club as serenely as the Big Easy. I know my swing is practically the mirror image of the multiple Major Winning Legend. Now when I say a mirror image, I mean it in every sense…but I more on this uncanniness later.
So this course was designed by Ernie himself and I must say I am a jealous admirer of those who play here regularly. It must be because my swing is so similar to Ernie’s, that I enjoy this course so much. It is a beautifully manicured layout and has modern facilities in its change rooms, halfway house and proshop. It also boasts a wonderful driving range which is a great way to loosen up those shoulders before you smash your first drive away.
Set into gently rolling hills the course offers a good test of golf without being ridiculous. There is a picture on every hole which my camera skills just couldn’t do justice to. On most tee shots you are faced with a large inviting fairway and there are few if any trees to veer off into. This leaves the course open to be plundered by straight hitters…. like me and Ernie… I digress, the greens are interestingly contoured too and often well protected by bunkers.
Having hosted 2 European Tour events in recent years, Copperleaf is by no means a pushover. Pushing the tees to the tips makes the course play to 7315 metres, but that is the magic here, an Everyday Golfer can shoot a good score on a Championship layout because it is designed to make golf enjoyable…and this is how it should be!
Back to my Ernie swing…to elaborate on this comparison. I have been told I have the same tempo as Ernie, I am also big, also South African, also in my forties…and that like I declared is practically a mirror image of the great golfer. The major difference is that like most of you reading, I am an Everyday Golfer and he quite definitely is not !!!
Go spend some of your money at Copperleaf…its worth it.
My favourite hole – Number 12 – par 4 – Some good course management is the name of the game here. Could get a birdie or easily many more. Got to think about it.
My worst hole – Number 3 – par 3 – The water to the left of this Green owns a lot of my golf balls…
Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 9 out of 10.