Golf Course Review: Pretoria Country Club – Summer 2017
Having only played at the Pretoria Country Club many years ago, I was looking forward to getting in a round on this renowned layout. The course was redesigned by the Gary Player Group in 2005 and my previous visit was prior to this, so I was essentially playing the course for the first time and looking forward to the challenge.
And so it was that I arrived early one sprightly Thursday morning to tackle what is probably Pretoria’s most prestigious 18 holes. From the outset you could see that they have the facilities to look after their members and guests to a high level. With my back giving me grief (Everyday Golfer issues), I decided to grab a golf cart. Being there at 6am, I assumed that I would easily get a ride. I was however mistaken as all the carts had already been booked so I had to take a caddie. This turned out to be a blessing as he helped me navigate the course on this first time of offering.
The condition of the course was excellent throughout and could not really be faulted in any way. For me the standout piece of advice I could give you for Pretoria Country Club is to avoid the fairway bunkers at all cost. The guys from Gary Player Design obviously have visited St Andrews for inspiration on this course. The fairway bunkers are nearly all of the deep pot bunker variety. On many holes you cannot even see all of them dotted around (hence the value of my caddie). If you go into one of these beasts, it immediately takes any chance of going for the green out of the equation. They are often so deep that you have to use a minimum of a pitching wedge to escape their clutches. Take my advice, do all you can to miss these bunkers as they will ruin your round.
No Golf Course Review is complete without looking at club’s facilities and we can happily report that they are also very good. The halfway house was efficient and made good food, whilst the cloak room was very modern with good showers and other amenities.
I would like to challenge myself at this course on a few more occasions. Local knowledge is certainly very beneficial to low scoring and is definitely recommended.
My favourite hole – Number 8 – Lovely Par 3 with an island green, designed to intimidate you.
My worst hole – Number 18 – par 5 – Pot bunker heaven on the teeshot. Uphill to the green from the second shot. Nothing wrong with a par here.
Overall Golf Course Review Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 9 out of 10.
241 Sidney St, Waterkloof, Pretoria, 0145
Tel: 012 460 6242