Golf Course Review – Kyalami Country Club
Playing golf in the rarefied altitude on the Highveld always makes us Gautengers feel just that little bit stronger than our coastal brothers. The ball flies further and the holes measure a little longer when compared to the courses found near the coast. When you add a dry Joburg winter to the equation even the shortest hitters feel like they are Pro’s at the Kyalami Country Club.
Teeing it up at Kyalami in early August presented all of these conditions. On a beautiful day with no wind we loaded up our steeds (golf cart in this instance) and drove up to the first tee box. Kyalami Country Club has been a stalwart Johannesburg Golf Club for many years and the team has obviously worked hard on the course over the years. In pockets, there were still ongoing upgrades visible around the course, but nothing too dramatic mind you.
The course was in decent condition for the season. The tee boxes had a good covering of green and the fairways were golden and ran forever. You get excellent value for your drives on these fairways. Kyalami is a traditional parkland layout, meaning that errant shots will normally land you amongst their well-established trees, which sometimes leaves you requiring some contortionism to get your body into a position to make a swing at the ball. The course is not that challenging at first glance, but you may have noticed that I have neglected to broach the subject of Kyalami’s greens.
Those Greens…, they are the primary defense of this course. I do not regard myself as a great putter (lets go with average). I was delighted with any 2 putts on these greens. I had elected to not take a caddy on this day and I think this would have helped enormously. They were quick and turned like a snake. Getting your first putt close was challenging, but even if you did get within a metre, this by no means meant the next putt was a gimme. Perhaps the members can get the hang of their greens and it may take some getting used to, but the greens defend their golf course to the bitter end. I liked them and I need to go back to see if I can tame them one day.
The Clubhouse facilities are good and they provide all the customary requirements of most Golf Clubs. The locker-room is of a good standard and the bar is full of character with reasonable prices on the drinks. Kyalami is definitely a course to play. It provides an enjoyable test of golf and it makes for a very pleasant day out of the house.
My scariest hole – Number 10 – par 4 – The tee shot is over water. Never good when this is your opening hole.
My favourite hole – Number 3 – par 3 – difficult hole but a great challenge.
Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 7.5 out of 10.
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