CCJ Rocklands

Sandton - Gauteng

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General manager: Steve Nicholson
Club manager: Charmaine Klug-Price
Golf director: Dean le Vieux
Greenkeeper: Craig Hunter & Justin Harrison (Golf Data)
Club captains: Thabang Magare & Jenny Foaden
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 75.2 out of 100
Conditioning15.5 / 20
Playability15.6 / 20
Aesthetics12.7 / 15
Design Variety10.8 / 15
Shot Values10.0 / 15
Memorability10.6 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6831 metres, CR 74.8/147
White 6326 metres, CR 72.1/141
Blue 5803 metres, CR 68.1/126
Red 5297 metres, CR 66.5/123
Women’s blue, CR 74.2/142
Women’s red, CR 72.2/138

Visitor green fee

R830 weekday unaccompanied
Visitors need to be accompanied by member
R640 member guest weekday
R755 member guest weekend

Course designer

Martin Hawtree 1993,
Sean Quinn (Golf Data) 2008


011 202 1620/1

Previous ranking

30 (2023), 32 (2022) & 36 (2021)

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

62 by Christiaan Burke in the first (11 birdies) and third (10 birdies) rounds of 2022 Northern Amateur. He won on 21-under 195.
63 by Jaco Prinsloo in 2012 IGT Tour event; Pascal Gunther in 2023 Northern Amateur

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.


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 resident teaching professional John Dickson is recognised by the PGA of SA as one of the top 5 teachers in South Africa, and has been PGA Coach of the Year in 2007, 2012 and 2022.

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/ CCJ hosted its first men’s SA Amateur in 2013 on Rocklands. Thriston Lawrence (Mbombela) became youngest champion at 16 years 88 days (beaten by Christo Lamprecht in 2017). Northern Amateur was played for first time at CCJ in 2019 (Woodmead), then Rocklands from 2021. Strokeplay champions: Jayden Schaper (2019), Casey Jarvis (2021), Christiaan Burke (2022), Pascal Gunther (2023), Altin van der Merwe & Charl Barnard (2024). Matchplay: Burke (2019), Yurav Premlall (2021-22), Daniel Bennett (2023), Dian Kruger (2024).

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 was the 2019 SA Under-15 champion and 2021 SA U-17 runner-up.

Club Champions

2023 Amilkar Bhana & Samantha Whately
2022 Adam Breen & Samantha Whateley
2021 Adam Breen & Samantha Whateley
2020 Adam Breen & Samantha Whateley
2019 Marcus Capuzzimati & Daniella Bekker

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Course Reviews
CCJ are constantly looking to enhance the playability and conditioning of the Rocklands course. It is beautifully presented with the white sand bunkers. Bunkers are consistent which is important given the many high faces. Putting surfaces excellent. Scoring opportunities are presented on the four par 5s which are reachable in two for club golfers. Three of them (7-12-13) play under 500m from the white tees. In contrast, the par 3s are a challenge, frequently requiring a long iron. The finishing stretch from 14 to 18 is fun to play with its mix of risk-reward and strong holes. No 16 is demanding off the tee. Aiming too far left brings the water hazard into play. No 18 requires an accurate drive and approach to a raised target.
Jon James
03 February 2024
Rocklands is defined by strong par 3s which I'm pleased to see are stroked accordingly, the fourth (181 off white) being stroke 10, the sixth (194) stroke 4, 15 (155) stroke 13, and 17 (173) stroke 9. Club golfers will appreciate that because with their tricky greens these are not easy holes to par. The uphill sixth at Rocklands, to a large undulating green, could be the lowest stroked par 3 in SA? While there is a trend at some clubs to automatically make their par 3s high strokes, Gauteng clubs generally show much more discernment. Many par 3s in the region are stroked in single figures.
Richard O'Dwyer
16 August 2023
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The Rocklands greens get so quick at this time of year they have to be slowed down with less frequent mowing and wetting agents otherwise they would be stimping at 13 or more. Pins on slopes tend to be awkward if you're putting to them from downhill or sidehill. Most greens are fine yet that on No 8, an attractive 402-metre dogleg left par 4, is an awkward design with its false front being part of the putting surface. And that's where they placed the pin! New white bunker sand is now a feature of the rebuilt Rocklands traps, and they look beautiful. But the average golfer will struggle to flush recovery shots from fairway bunkers owing to the powdery sand.
Stuart McLean
30 July 2023
What a world class course and experience. After playing both a practice round and a tournament at Rocklands the conditioning on both occasions was impressive (greens slower during the non-tournament round). My favourite clubhouse and 19th hole. My mouth waters entering the clubhouse as the food is always great!
Dijon Tintinger
06 July 2023
Rocklands might be unfairly outshone by sibling Woodmead yet presents great parkland golf. Some challenging lines off the tee benefit from local knowledge, particularly as fairways can play hard and fast. Locals often advise playing short of the green knowing the ball will run up (par-3 fourth).
Hamish Houston
11 January 2023
The extensive bunker renovation project on the Rocklands is almost complete, with just those on two holes (11 and 14) still to be done on the day I played. The bunkers, with their white sand, are a major feature of this championship layout, positioned perfectly on most holes to catch the unwary. With firm fairways following on from winter there's every chance of a tee shot running further than expected and the ball ending in a sandy lie. This happened to us on the par-4 fifth where the fairway cambers steeply towards the large fairway bunker on the right. For a 354-metre hole (white tees) it plays short, as the bunker is less than 100 from the green. This is a fun hole sandwiched between two of Gauteng's more challenging par 3s. The fourth (181 from white) has a long green wrapped by large areas of sand, while the sixth (194) is uphill to an elevated and sloping green, fronted by a bunker left. The other par 3s come later in the round, at 15 and 17, and may be shorter yet have testing greens complexes. They are as fine a quartet as you will find, and I like the fact they are given relatively low strokes, 10-4-13-9 in that order. Too many clubs demote their par 3s to higher strokes. Strokes 16, 17 and 18 have all been allocated to par 5s.
Stuart McLean
12 October 2022
CCJ is a superb facility with two excellent courses. The Rocklands has undergone a significant transformation in recent years and presents a strong challenge off the tee. The greens complexes are superb, with interesting slopes testing approaches and putting lines. The par 5s are reachable in two during the winter months as tee shots enjoy favourable run leaving a second shot of about 200-230m into the greens. These are generally receptive and run true. Nos 5 and 6 are two particularly interesting holes. The fifth is a short dogleg right par 4 which demands an accurate second over a stream to a well-guarded green. The par-3 sixth is an uphill brute playing around 195m. The back nine asks for some demanding tee shots, particularly on the par-4 16th to avoid both water and bunkers. CCJ is fortunate to have one of the best clubhouses and halfway houses. Service is impeccable, and options unrivalled.
Jon James
04 July 2022
A pleasure to play Rocklands in such lovely condition. I had expected dry highveld winter conditions but the course was lush, green and even damp in parts. Greens were top notch and quick. I am hard put to think of a course with a more challenging set of par 3s. None of them are easy pars let alone obvious 2 club opportunities.
Hamish Houston
10 June 2022
Rocklands is my course of choice at CCJ. Very different from the Woodmead and more interesting, although they are on a par in terms of the challenge. Enjoy the bushveld look, which makes it unusual for Gauteng. Yet it has the immaculate presentation of a pristine parkland layout. There's a good balance between the four different tee options, spaced out at roughly 500 metres each. Yellow is best left for long hitters, white is a strong challenge, while blue will have you playing more short irons. Wonderful variety of par 4s, uphill and downhill, some tough ones among them, coupled with superb greens, and the par 3s are fabulous. If there's a weakness it lies in the par 5s. None offers sight of the hole further than the tee shot. The lengthy third is superb, a fairway framed by tall trees, then a sharp dogleg right downhill to the green, but 12 and 13 are humdrum, particularly 13 where the second shot is blind. The sunken green comes into view late. After that comes an excellent finishing stretch of 4s and 3s.
Dieter ten Haag
12 April 2022
Greens were slow, they probably need to be rolled. Always difficult to hit a putt firmly when the surface looks so good but runs slow. Fairways in good nick, tee boxes immaculate and bunkers very well maintained. The clubhouse and its halfway house are in a league of their own! Rocklands is a very fair course where you can look at going low and maybe even post a PB, if the challenging par 3s don't get in the way.
Graham Jones
30 January 2022
While considered the second of the two courses at CCJ, many members choose to book Rocklands before Woodmead as it has some of the best vistas over Johannesburg, a great set of par 3s (collectively tougher than the Woodmead), and has more than kept up in conditioning. The bunkering is what brings the course down in some scenarios, with steep faces leading to shallow entry points, balls often running down to the front. Rocklands is a course that can give you a good score one day and punish you the next. A change in wind direction makes it play very differently.
Chris Wood
15 January 2021
Rocklands is in amazing condition. Always seen as the second course to Woodmead at Country Club. Having played both courses in the past two weeks, Rocklands is in better condition. Greens rolling fast and true, fairways and second cut immaculate. Bunkers in great condition.
David Frost
12 January 2021
An enjoyable members course, fair and challenging, the par 3s particularly so. Aesthetics are excellent with views of Rivonia and the Sandton skyline pleasing to the eye. Quiet, tranquil surroundings add to the experience.
Terry Knight
30 December 2020
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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