Wanderers Golf Club
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Club: 6194m (6774 yards)
Ladies: 5381m (5885 yards)
Championship: 6548m (7161 yards)
Review of the Wanderers Golf Club:
Situated in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg, Gauteng, Wanderers Golf Club is one of the older, more revered clubs in South Africa. This Parklands course is set up to challenge both the higher and lower handicapped golfers and can even be set up to challenge the professional. Straight drives are of paramount importance at Wanderers as the tree lined fairways make par a difficult score if you stray off the short stuff.
Wanderers Golf Club is not an extremely long course, especially at altitude, but with cleverly placed bunkers and strategic water features, the course plays slightly over handicap. The greens are true and the general condition of the course superb.
A tricky long par 4 with an elevated tee box that looks down at a fairway that has a narrow landing point for most golfers between a bunker on the left and a water feature that stretches from the right hand rough to just right of centre of the fairway. The brave and long would attempt clearing the bunker as any mishit shot would either leave you with a tricky punch from under the trees, in the water or up the hill from the bunker with around 180m (197y) to the middle of the green. The sensible would use three wood, but a 200m (219y) uphill second to a well guarded green awaits. Par is a great score on this technical hole.
This is a creative par 5 that opens the back nine. A relatively simple downhill drive with an open fairway greets you on the tee box. Hitting the fairway leaves you with the conundrum of whether to go for the green, or layup and still leave yourself with a tricky third shot in to a very well protected green. The green has water short left and all along the right, with the entire right side of the green surrounded by deep bunkers. Landing in the bunkers may not save you any more shots that landing in the water, as the green slopes away from the three bunkers on the right, making it nearly impossible to stop the ball anywhere near the hole. Par would be a good and expected score if you play the hole cleverly.
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