Parkview Golf Club
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Club: 6286m (6874 yards)
Ladies: 5659m (6189 yards)
Championship: 6587m (7204 yards)
The Parkview Golf Club is situated in the old suburb of Parktown just outside the city centre. One of Johannesburg’s most historic clubs, this parklands course is a real test of your golfing patience. Famous for its ‘magnetic’ sloot (small river) that runs through the entire course and plays a part in nearly every hole, shot choice is very key at Parkview.
The course is not very long, but is very technical and requires more than just a big drive to get good results. It plays at about handicap, so you feel satisfied after your round and during the summer months is green and luscious. It is a gem on the Tour’s calendar, but only found favour with a select few who played it in 2012. The 19th hole is expensive, but fantastic and well decorated.
The toughest hole on the course is also the most picturesque. From a severely elevated tee box, you look down at a hole that dog legs slightly from right to left. Protecting the right hand side of the narrow fairway dog leg is a oddly positioned dam of water, heavily lined with trees. Finding the dam or the trees on the left will make the approach to the green very long. The left hand side of the dog leg is guarded by a massive bunch of trees that protect the corner. Failure to split the fairway or clear the trees on the left will mean the green is impenetrable. The green slopes front to back and is well guarded by bunkers and trees. Par is a great score.
A perfect little par 3, the 15th hole follows back to back par 5s and is a beautiful and well laid out medium distance hole. The entire front of the green is protected by a large dam of water and the green slopes heavily from back to front. Failure to take enough club to clear the flag may result in the ball hitting the green and spinning off into the water. Over shooting the pin or green will make an up and down a great result. Par is a good score as the green is a real tricky number.