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Benoni CC

Benoni - Gauteng

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CEO: Darren Millington
Greenkeeper: Darren Millington
Club captain: Tony Hood
Chairman: Grant Brown
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 63.9 out of 100
Conditioning13.2 / 20
Playability13.6 / 20
Aesthetics9.8 / 15
Design Variety9.1 / 15
Shot Values9.2 / 15
Memorability9.0 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6762 metres, CR74.8/137
White 6392 metres, CR72.3/135
Blue 5886 metres, CR69.8/126
Red 5302 metres, CR67.2/120
Women’s blue, CR76.3/141
Women’s red, CR72.8/134

Visitor green fee

Weekdays R220,
weekends R300

Course designer

Unknown 1905,
Christian Robinson 1998

Contact

011 849 8821
www.benonicc.co.za

Previous Ranking

79 (2021) & 77 (2020)

BCC has one of the premier parkland courses in Gauteng, a varied and challenging layout that has hosted many amateur championships, including the men’s SA Amateur and SA Strokeplay. It has been a qualifying course for the SA Open.

Situated on a flat piece of property, the holes flow through wooded terrain, and golf at Benoni CC is a quiet and tranquil experience, with buck roaming the fairways. The course, redesigned in the late 1990s, is notable for having par 5s to start and finish each nine. They are lengthy holes and the 540-metre 18th provides an exciting finish for tournament play, of which there have been many. There’s a large dam on the left side of the fairway.

Benoni CC is the last of the true “country clubs” in Ekurhuleni, offering bowls, squash and tennis, and the community have ensured its continuance as a family-oriented facility by voting against a sale of the land to developers.

The clubhouse has the first “Craft Bar” of its kind, and there are children’s play areas, function facilities and restaurants, plus a mountain bike track.

Benoni CC is one of only four Top 100 courses where the starting hole on each nine, Nos 1 and 10, with tee boxes closest to the clubhouse, is a par 5. Two of the others are also Gauteng courses – Modderfontein and Wanderers, while Umdoni Park on the KZN South Coast is the only coastal example. However, there are two other courses, Blair Atholl (Gauteng) and Olivewood (Eastern Cape) where Nos 1 and 10 are both par 5s, but the tenth hole is nowhere near the clubhouse and is not used as a starting hole.

Benoni is a successful and popular club which invested R7.5 million into improvements in 2021 and 2022, mainly renovations to the clubhouse which now has a restaurant in addition to the craft bar and club bar.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

63 by Tyrone Ryan, 2010 Ekurhuleni Open;
Zander Gous, 2013 SA Boys Strokeplay.

Feature Holes

Benoni CC has strong par 4s, and the best is the 439-metre 17th, through a narrow avenue of tall trees.

Practice Facility

Full-size range open to the public. The Golf Performance and Development Academy with a fitment centre is run by Rob van Velzen, PGA Club Pro of the Year in 2007 when he was at Benoni Lake.

Club Champions

2022 Liam Vermaas & Sarah Bouch
2021 Liam Vermaas & Sarah Bouch
2020 Ryan van Velzen & Sarah Bouch
2019 Ryan van Velzen & Sarah Bouch

Did You Know

1/ The club celebrated its centenary in 2006, but it only became known as Benoni CC in the 1950s, having previously been a mine course, Van Ryn GC. The clubhouse was built in 1954.

2/ Benoni CC has hosted all the country’s top amateur events: Men’s SA Amateur in 1996; Men’s Premier IPT in 2005; Women’s SA Amateur in 2012; SA Junior Boys in 1990 and 2013; Men’s SA Strokeplay in 2014.

3/ It was four times a SA Open qualifying venue when fellow Ekurhuleni clubs Glendower and Serengeti hosted the SA Open between 2011 and 2017.

4/ Benoni CC offers a variety of other sports, including bowls, tennis, squash and mountain bike trails within the large property.

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Benoni CC is a tale of two nines. The first nine is long (3428 metres), the par 4s repetitive, the terrain less aesthetically pleasing, and the holes largely devoid of inspiring design variety. The back nine then comes as a pleasant surprise by way of contrast. The holes have more interest and sparkle, and the forested surroundings are an attractive improvement on the front nine's housing estates. The back nine begins and ends with two excellent par 5s where a large body of water is in play off the tee, and there are two shorter par 4s at 14 and 16 to break up the monotony of the longer holes. Many BCC greens are small by comparative standards, notably on the lengthy par 5s (the tenth is tiny and has a curious dip to it on the right), and these together with water hazards adjoining the greens at 3, 14 and 17 make for challenging approaches. The hazard at the 277m 14th encroaches uncomfortably against the edge of the putting surface. The overall conditioning was reflective of a course in the lower reaches of the rankings.
Stuart McLean
02 April 2022
Played on Sunday, February 28 off the tenth in a threeball. Tee time was 7:18. Didn’t begin until 7:36 as the club had inserted Playmore golfers ahead of our group of 37 golfers. We finished our round nearly 5 1/2 hours later at 12:59. There was no marshall to be seen on the course. As a group we teed off both sides and at halfway my threeball shared halfway house facilities with group 3 from Tee 1. We finished along with group 5 and we were the first group on our side. Inasmuch as one wants to be fair to the course and golf club, it was difficult to admire anything else except the sheer lack of care the club demonstrated to a large group that spent so much money.
Sabelo Ndabazandile
01 March 2021
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A challenging layout with small and testing greens which were in relatively good condition. Bunkers well-sanded and a pleasure to play from. These older, and visually less appealing, bunkers were superb, in contrast to some clubs who have put in new soft sand bunkers that were not well maintained this winter. Tee boxes need serious attention as they are far from level, but overall Benoni CC is a good golfing experience and great value for money.
David Frost
12 September 2020
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