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CCJ Woodmead

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 6803 metres, CR 75.2/146
White 6347 metres, CR 72.7/141
Blue 5634 metres, CR 70.4/134
Red 5360 metres, CR 67.3/126
Women’s blue, CR 77.2/150
Women’s red, CR 73.3/143

Visitor green fee

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

Course designer

Fred Hawtree 1970;
Upgrades by Golf Data 2001

Contact

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

Woodmead is the premier course at Country Club’s 36-hole facility, a magnificent parkland championship layout with tall, mature trees defining the holes. It’s on undulating terrain, which provides interesting variety in terms of the design and challenge. The large modern clubhouse (opened in 2000) with its many outstanding facilities stands on a ridge above the course, and both the first and tenth par 4 starting holes sweep downhill towards their greens.

Country Club was founded early in the 20th century, at Auckland Park close to the city. The committee had the foresight in the late 1960s to move their golf membership 20 kilometres north to a farm they had acquired, Rocklands, at Khyber Rock. It’s now a busy residential and commercial area. The CCJ property covers 600 hectares and the courses and bushveld are home to over 100 different bird species.

Woodmead has been significantly upgraded and improved in recent years by Golf Data, particularly the greens, replanted with new bent grass, and bunkering. Subtle slopes make for quick-paced putting surfaces, for which the course is renowned. The short par-4 12th was remodelled to bring a water hazard closer to the left edge of the green. The tree canopies were lifted to provide clear views between holes.

A feature of CCJ is the attractive storage dams on the property, notably Swan Lake which is a feature of the wonderful 396-metre 17th at Woodmead. From an elevated tee the daunting hole curves right along the edge of the wide lake all the way to the green.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

61 by Marc Cayeux in final round of 2005
Vodacom Tour Championship

Feature Holes

Woodmead’s set of par 5s were built in the hillier sections and have loads of character. The third and sixth plunge downhill off the tee, parallel to each other, with water and bunkers to be avoided, while the 16th and 18th climb uphill, the closing hole to a narrow elevated green that slopes from back to front. The fourth is one of Gauteng’s memorable par 3s, downhill over water to a slightly angled green. It is followed by the stroke one hole, the 430-metre fifth, slightly uphill off the tee through a pine forest, again to a narrow green.

Accommodation

The club’s Auckland Park grounds include the Dormy House boutique hotel with 18 en-suite rooms. Available to members and their 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 pro shop, owned by Richard Fulford, was upgraded in 2017 and stocks a variety of golf apparel. An embroiderer on site can personalise garments.

3/ Zimbabwe’s Marc Cayeux eagled the par-5 18th hole for a back nine of 29 and a course record of 11-under 61 to win the 2005 Vodacom Tour Championship.

4/ Woodmead was the venue for the Telkom SA PGA Championship for nine years from 2006 to 2014, and the winners included Louis Oosthuizen (2), Jaco van Zyl (2) and George Coetzee. Oosthuizen had a record 28-under total of 260 (66-63-66-65) in his second win in 2008.

5/ 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 retains numerous sporting facilities such as a gym, tennis, squash, bowls, cricket and croquet.

6/ There have been 45 albatrosses (3-under-par for a hole) recorded on both CCJ courses.

Club Champions

Marcus Capuzzimati & Daniella Bekker

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One of the best courses in Joburg. A proper test of golf from start to finish and a magnificent layout.
Sandor Kovacs
16 April 2020
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