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CCJ Rocklands

Sandton - Gauteng

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General manager: Steve Nicholson
Club manager: Charmaine Klug-Price
Golf director: Bevan du Plessis
Greenkeeper: Richard Chenoworth (Golf Data)
Club captain: Craig Finch

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6831 metres, CR 74.8/147
White 6326 metres, CR 72.1/141
Blue 5819 metres, CR 69.3/129
Red 5297 metres, CR 66.5/123
Women’s blue, CR 75.7/145
Women’s red, CR 72.2/138

Visitor green fee

R665 weekday,
R800 weekend.
Visitors must be accompanied by member

Course designer

Martin Hawtree 1993,
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2008

Contact

011 202 1620/1
www.thecountryclub.co.za

The modern Rocklands layout is situated in a visibly contrasting setting to its older CCJ sibling, the parkland Woodmead, being a rare bushveld-style course in the heart of Gauteng, with rock formations and rough edges. On its undulating terrain it has indigenous trees and natural grasslands, and the holes offer spectacular views of nearby Sandton skyscrapers and the more distant Magaliesberg mountain range.

Named after the farm bought by CCJ, it began as a 9-holer in the mid-1970s and CCJ was a 27-hole facility for 15 years. Before it could be extended to 36 holes, the club first had to establish their own water supply to irrigate two courses, as the property had no water of its own. In 1991, chairman Fred Kleyn and his committee formed a strategic plan aimed at securing the future of the club. Land was sold to finance two reservoirs, multiple storage dams and a new clubhouse, opened in December 2000.

Initially the Rocklands was very much the secondary course at CCJ, before being transformed in 2008 by Golf Data designer Sean Quinn. His major upgrade – the nines were also switched – raised it to the same level of quality as the Woodmead. The Rocklands is slightly longer off the championship tees, has magnificent new bunkering, and the course hosted the 2013 men’s SA Amateur Championship.

The water hazards on the Rocklands are now more in play than before, particularly on the closing stretch of holes starting at the downhill par-4 14th. The last five holes are outstanding, with water in play at all but the 18th. The contoured greens were seeded with blended Penn A1/A4 bent grass, and the surfaces are as quick and challenging as those on the Woodmead.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

63 by Jaco Prinsloo in 2012 IGT Tour event

Feature Holes

The par 3s are all outstanding and varied, and often require long irons or even woods from the back tees. The fourth green is superbly guarded by bunkers, the sixth is 215 metres uphill, while water hazards guard the front of the greens at 15 and 17, which have slopes and ledges to test a player’s putting ability. The third is a glorious long dogleg right par 5 which sweeps downhill as the fairway turns. The 11th at 477 metres from the back is the longest par 4 on the club property, and among the most demanding in Gauteng.

Accommodation

The club’s Auckland Park grounds include the Dormy House boutique hotel with 18 en-suite rooms. Available to members and guests and visiting reciprocal members.

Practice Facility

Spacious range with grass and mat bays a short walk from clubhouse, close to first tee, with an excellent short-game area. Each CCJ course has its own practice putting green. Experienced teaching professional John Dickson is recognised by the PGA of SA as one of the top 5 teachers in South Africa, and was PGA Teacher of the Year in both 2007 and 2012.

Did You Know

1/ CCJ has an outstanding 9-hole Mashie Course, opened in 2017 and built by Golf Data. Holes vary between 70 and 130 metres and it’s a fun and quick experience carrying no more than a few short irons and a putter. Great place to introduce youngsters to golf.

2/ The club hosted its first men’s SA Amateur Championship in 2013 on the Rocklands. Thriston Lawrence from Nelspruit became the youngest champion at 16 years 88 days (beaten by Christo Lamprecht in 2017). The Northern Amateur was played for the first time at CCJ in 2019, on the Woodmead, the strokeplay won by Jayden Schaper and matchplay by Christiaan Burke.

3/ The course was built for R2.7 million. Rocklands designer Martin Hawtree is the son of Woodmead designer Fred Hawtree. He’s famous for creating the Trump International Links in Scotland.

4/ CCJ was founded in 1906, and golf was played at Auckland Park for 50 years on what is now the Rand Afrikaans University campus. The Auckland Park venue is still used for functions and social events.

5/ Junior member Amilkar Bhana, 15, was the 2019 SA Under-15 champion.

Club Champions

Marcus Capuzzimati & Daniella Bekker

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One of the most improved courses in Gauteng, and CCJ have succeeded brilliantly in raising the Rocklands to the same level of quality as the older Woodmead layout. You expect that perfection at one of the country's premier clubs.
Stuart McLean
27 February 2020
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