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CCJ Woodmead

Sandton - Gauteng

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General manager: Steve Nicholson
Club manager: Charmaine Klug-Price
Golf director: Dean le Vieux
Greenkeeper: Thomas Matloha
Club captain: Denarkin Naidoo
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 74.2 out of 100
Conditioning15.0 / 20
Playability15.7 / 20
Aesthetics12.3 / 15
Design Variety10.4 / 15
Shot Values10.5 / 15
Memorability10.3 / 15

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

R730 weekday
R885 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

Previous Ranking

24 (2021) & 23 (2020)

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 Luke Anderson, 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

2021 Adam Breen & Samantha Whateley
2020 Adam Breen & Samantha Whateley
2019 Marcus Capuzzimati & Daniella Bekker

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Course Reviews
An excellent all round experience. The greens were a tad slow which was uncharacteristic, but the course was in great condition given all the rain over December, January and February. The Woodmead drains well with only portions of the third and sixth (in the valley) struggling with saturation in unprecedented conditions. The course offers something for every golfer. A number of doglegs provide challenging par 4s leading to the 17th which is one the best dogleg par 4s in the country, given the elevated tee, well placed bunkers and water hazard which is in play from tee to green. The family nature of the clubhouse is a wonderful experience and having dinner after the round topped off a great day out.
Graham Jones
18 March 2022
The Woodmead course at CCJ, like the Rocklands, uses what little elevation it has to good effect. And the greens are always immaculate. Bunkers well positioned with greenside bunkers deep and challenging. A good test at all levels from start to finish.
Graham Jones
01 February 2022
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My home club but the review is neutral! Woodmead is in fantastic condition after such excellent rain, and full credit to the greenkeeping staff as it has been consistently excellent for a long time. I like to rate the course in competitive conditions and how it stacks up in a matchplay or strokeplay environment. Playing league and knockout matches, the course consistently provides opportunities to attack and defend. Visually the layout is defined by established trees and great greens complexes. It still overshadows the Rocklands layout for me and competes with other top Gauteng courses.
Chris Wood
29 January 2022
A round on this fantastic and challenging layout, together with the excellent facilities and high levels of service at CCJ, make this one of the best golfing experiences in South Africa, not just Gauteng. The course was in immaculate condition with the greens rolling beautifully. Among several feature holes, the fourth must surely rate as one of the most beautiful par 3s in SA. The par-4 17th is also in a class of its own.
Trevor King
27 January 2022
Outstandingly designed greens complexes with interesting slopes and bold bunkering are a feature of the Woodmead course, and chipping and putting can be a challenge if you get out of position. The 17th is one of my favourite holes, with the green cut into the banks of Swan Lake on this dogleg right par 4 of 370 metres from the elevated club tees. The pin is often back right on a lower ledge of the green, so golfers who play safe to the fat part of the green are faced with a tricky long putt down the slope to the pin. CCJ is a busy club with lots of activity around the clubhouse, range and the chipping and practice greens. Excellent facilities, including a 9-hole par 3 course, The Mashie, which is a good hour's fun.
Stuart McLean
27 November 2021
CCJ's two courses have been in great condition this year. A pity that Covid regulations have interrupted the social side and the halfway house offerings. For the rest an outstanding facility.
Chris Sounes
09 July 2021
Everything here is pure quality. Excellent golfing experience.
Owen McDonald
09 April 2021
Don't think I have seen the two CCJ courses in better condition than right now.
Hedley Pougnet
22 March 2021
The ability to play on two different courses at the club is a great option. Both courses offer different challenges and are in excellent condition.
Ashley Sutton-Pryce
19 March 2021
We played our club championships last weekend on both CCJ courses. The courses were prepared as they are every weekend. Well manicured and great playing conditions. A great facility for members and guests.
Chris Sounes
19 March 2021
In general I love the club. However, often the pace of play is not monitored. The sand in the bunkers is far too 'thin' and thus they are inconsistent. They need an extra layer of sand.
Greg King
16 March 2021
CCJ must be the best member's club in the country. The club strikes a perfect balance between maintaining high standards and making everyone feel welcome. It is a fantastic club for families. The two courses, including all facilities, are top class and must be the most underrated in the country. Given the amount of traffic, the conditioning is as good as can be expected.
Retief Ferreira
16 March 2021

The pro shop has the best ladies golfing products in Gauteng.

LISA KNIGHT
12 February 2021
Woodmead benefited from lockdown with its conditioning perhaps the best in many years. The greens are firm but receptive with consistent speeds. The course has two good nines, let down only by the similarity of the first two holes on each side. One of the best parkland layouts in Gauteng.
Chris Wood
15 January 2021
A fair and enjoyable course which requires the right strategy on each hole to score well. Conditioning is above average and attention to detail is evident in all aspects of the Country Club experience
Terry Knight
30 December 2020
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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