Golf Course Review – Irene Country Club
Most people seem to have a very positive view of Irene Country Club, so I was looking forward to having my first round at this course. Located just past Centurion it is a quick 30 minute drive from Joburg in the early hours of the morning. I was awestruck by the size of the gorgeous trees which lined the road when entering the Club and the course itself has some of the biggest trees I have seen. These trees are a feature throughout the course and give the course that wonderful feeling of being somewhere special.
On entering the Club itself, I found the staff to be courteous and I was served quickly when I went to pay my green fees at the ProShop. Be warned that Irene is a cashless environment and everything must be paid for via credit card or a payment App. This works pretty well but can catch you off guard if you don’t have a credit card with you.
So all the amenities are catered for, nice setting, good halfway house (albeit a bit slow), great bar and decent cloakrooms.
Having never played Irene before, we started off the 1st tee. As you can see below (scariest hole), I was very pleased indeed that it ended up this way around. The 1st hole is very tame in comparison to the 10th. The 1st is a gentle dogleg right with minimal danger and an inviting green. It is from the 2nd hole onwards that this course gets interesting. The golf courses’ river runs all the way up the left side of the 2nd hole to punish any stray shots. The rest of my round was one surprise after another. Irene has a great selection of varied types of holes and I found the track very enjoyable. One I would like to play again.
You can tell they make an effort here. They have made changes to the course and created some excellent feature holes. Do yourself a favour, book a round of golf at Irene. You will thank me later.
My favourite hole at Irene Country Club – Number 8 – par 4 – Need to either hit a long iron off the tee and lay up or you can have a go at the green. Precarious either way with the river in play on every shot. Great risk and reward hole.
My scariest hole at Irene Country Club – Number 10 – par 5 – Almost impossible to challenge the green in 2 shots and if you do the green has plenty of water around it.
Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 8.5 out of 10.