Golf Course Review – Glenvista Country Club
I’ve been invited to write reviews on the golf courses we play, to give you a perspective of what the everyday golfer can expect when they go to the course. Golf courses are only for the elite in many peoples view, but the Golf Industry has tried hard to change that perception and has grown the sport over recent years. Removing this elitist stigma is important and many Golf Clubs are becoming very open to welcoming the casual golfer.
Our first review is of Glenvista Country Club located in the South of Johannesburg. I have played this course on 4 occasions over the past 2 years and it really is a little gem of a course. It surprised me the first time I played it. It is not one of the big, well known clubs and you could be forgiven for not expecting too much. In fact it is hidden in a beautiful valley and you only really happen upon it once you pull into the parking area. The Clubhouse is a functional facility, with the bar and the terrace outside overlooking the 9th green, being the main attractions. It also has a well-equipped Pro Shop and the staff were friendly and helpful.
The golf course itself was designed by well-known course architect Sid Brews and he did a great job in creating a really interesting layout. It is this that I noticed when first playing. You need to think your way around this course and every hole has different issues which you need to deal with. With 5 dams and a stream, water is a hazard on most holes whilst out of bounds, means you need to avoid spraying it around off the tee boxes.
I had been eagerly looking forward to playing here again, but alas I feel the anticipation got the best of me. We started our round off the 10th tee, which is probably Glenvista’s signature hole. I topped my drive, put my second into the water in front of the green and then most auspiciously grabbed my trusty pitching wedge and stuck that ball into the water as well. This resulted in my putter remaining firmly in my bag and me starting my much anticipated round of golf with a blackout on my card. But anyone who has played golf before knows that it only takes a few good shots to bring back your enthusiasm and bring you back for more. The golfing Gods only however permitted me to experience on my 10th hole of the day on hole number 1. I put the cover on my Driver and teed off with my 3 iron for the remainder of the round. I was rewarded by having a most enjoyable back 9, which if I had mirrored the result on my first 9 holes would have won me the day. But alas it was not to be.
You could never blame the course, which was in fine condition considering we were playing in the middle of a Johannesburg winter. The greens were firm and fast, but that is to be expected at this time of the year. But once again this little Gem delivered. It is definitely a course which you should put in your diary to play and hopefully the golfing Gods will be smiling for you that day for all the right reasons.
Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 7.5 out of 10.
Official Glenvista Country Club website.