Blue Valley

Midrand - Gauteng

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Golf director: Norman Mashaba
Greenkeeper: Johan Smith (Servest)
Club captain: Shamandra Reddy
Chairman: Tan Eng Piow (Malaysia)

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6752 metres, CR75.1/141
White 6188 metres, CR72.1/133
Blue 5595 metres, CR68.9/128
Red 5180 metres, CR66.6/119
Women’s blue, CR74.8/136
Women’s red, CR71.9/128

Visitor Green Fee

R220 affiliated Tues to Thursday, R450 non-affiliated
R280 and R450 Friday
R350 and R550 weekends
Golf cart R350

Course closed Mondays

Course designer

Gary Player 2001

Contact

011 512 0204 or bvgolf@icon.co.za
www.bluevalley.co.za

Houses line every hole at Blue Valley – there are 1450 homes on this vast residential estate midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria – but this is a spacious golf course on an undulating property. The estate is built on the slopes of two wide hills gently falling into the Rietspruit river valley. There were no trees on the land when the course was built, so water features and mounding were created for definition.

On the front nine the holes tend to play down or climb up the slopes, quite steeply at times, while the back nine sees the holes mostly running along the slopes until the 18th, a par 5 which climbs uphill back to the clubhouse.

Gary Player and Phil Jacobs came up with some excellent design features to suit the rolling terrain. The first and tenth holes run parallel to each other down a slope – separated by a water feature – to an enormously wide double green fronted by a water hazard and rocks. From the elevated back tees they are reasonably short par 4s, and exciting holes to play.

There is a good selection of par 3s, with the second played across the river to a narrow green guarded by bunkers. There are two strong par 4s, the downhill ninth and the 11th, alongside the river.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by Stuart Grehan (Ireland) in 2016 SA Strokeplay

Club Champions

2020 Dave Graziani & Genee Marais

Practice Facility

Spacious 290-metre long range with 24 bays managed by PGA pro Adriaan Nell.

SUNSHINE TOUR

Blue Valley hosted the R1.2-million 2022 team pairs won by Merrick Bremner and Martin Rohwer on 28-under 188 (60 betterball, 66 foursomes, 62 betterball). The lowest betterball round was 57 (13 birdies, 1 eagle) by Estiaan Conradie and Fredrik From.

Did You Know

1/ Blue Valley is Gauteng’s biggest golf estate with 1450 homes, and the development was by a Malaysian company.

2/ The golf course is closed on Mondays.

3/ The course hosted the 2016 men’s SA Strokeplay Championship, won by Irishman Jack Hume on 19-under 269. The runner-up was another Irish golfer, Stuart Grehan (270), who had the tournament low round of 10-under 62 with an eagle and 8 birdies.

4/ In June 2020 the golf club went cashless, and incorporated online bookings via the website.

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Course Reviews
Blue Valley is a nice course but having played here a few times I do fear it is going backwards from what I am used to. The good parts: Greens were great, true and fast. Fairways also good but many divots in lay-up areas at Nos 7, 16 & 17 between 100-120 metres from greens. Parts to improve: The overall look and feel is outdated. We had to wait for a cart which didn't have GPS and felt old. Locker rooms require a revamp. Paint and tiles. Good halfway food but it took too long to pay. Not efficient. The flag colours were white and different to that on the scorecard. A basic mistake. Entering the estate we were greeted with smiles at security, but the process was tediously long. They must make a plan. Blue Valley is a course I will continue to play and recommend but is in need of an upgrade especially the clubhouse.
Ignis van der Merwe
06 September 2023
Played here on September 1 in a pro-am. It was a cold and rainy first day of spring and I was pleasantly surprised by the conditioning at this time of year.
Neville Clarke
10 September 2020
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Great Gary Player layout; only downside is out of bounds on every hole.
Sandor Kovacs
18 April 2020
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