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Centurion

Centurion - Gauteng

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General Manager: Edwin Nel
Golf operations & club pro: Jannes Sik
Greenkeeper: Mark van der Linde (Servest)
Club captain: Stefan Nel
President: Flip Diedericks

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6632 metres, CR74.1/140
White 6327 metres, CR72.5/135
Blue 5953 metres, CR70.7/133
Red 5418 metres, CR68.0/127
Women’s blue, CR77.2/147
Women’s red, CR73.9/139

Visitor green fee

R280 weekday am;
R410 weekday pm
R440 weekends

Course designer

Peter Matkovich 1996

Contact

012 665 0279
www.centuriongolfestate.co.za

Centurion made an interesting change to their course in 2018 when they switched their finishing holes around with the agreement of designer Peter Matkovich. This was an easy switch, as the two closing holes on each nine conclude around the estate’s distinctive dam overlooked by the clubhouse. The change did not impact on the club’s starting holes, which remain the same.

For more than 20 years a round concluded at the challenging 418-metre 18th, one of Matkovich’s best par 4 designs. But that has now become the ninth, and 17 and 18 are what used to be the eighth and ninth. It creates an exciting finish, for the par-3 17th has an island green, while the 18th is a short par 4 where brave golfers can take on the green over the water from a variety of different tees.

Centurion was one of the early golf estates in Gauteng, and its central position between Sandton and Pretoria, with easy access to the N1 highway, has made it a popular residential option. The parkland course, where water comes into play on 10 holes, has matured and improved in recent years, offering risks and challenges yet also being eminently playable for higher handicaps.

Several Sunshine Tour professionals have made Centurion their home, one reason being that the course is a strong test from the back tees, with well-guarded and smallish green complexes that reward precise shot-making. The gently sloping greens reflect classic design values by Matkovich and are part of Centurion’s character.

It has a strong finishing stretch of holes on each nine, with varied challenges to get golfers thinking. The front nine ends with a par 5, par 3 and a long par 4 where water guards the entire left side of the hole from tee to green, while the back nine concludes with the par-4 16th with its green alongside the Hennops River, a par 3, and short par 4.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62, Desvonde Botes, 2013 Sunshine Tour;
Duane Keun, 2016 IGT Tour;
Louis Albertse, 2018 IGT Tour;
Matthew Spacey & Malcolm Mitchell 2019 IGT Tour

Feature Holes

Centurion is famous for the two golf holes which sit inside the large dam in front of the clubhouse. The par-3 17th has an island green, ringed by a bunker to avoid firm shots running into the water, while the short par-4 18th offers two different fairway routes to a green sitting on a peninsula with water on two sides. From the tee, bold hitters can aim directly at the green over the water. Straight shots have a fairway on which to land. A safer tee shot is to go left to a wider fairway and then play a short approach over water to the green.

Practice Facility

Attractive range close to clubhouse with grass bays and mats, open to visitors. Club members eligible for range membership. Kyle Phelan is the teaching pro.

Did You Know

1/ Centurion is a large residential estate with 875 homes, yet the course mainly steers away from the housing and has a distinct parkland look to it in the holes which border the Hennops River edging around the property, and those overlooked by the clubhouse.

2/ It’s a 10-minute drive from Centurion to SuperSport Park cricket stadium. Centurion has a metro station on the Gautrain rapid transit system.

3/ There is a 4-hole mashie course, plus tennis and squash courts.

4/ Centurion members receive reduced green fee rates at Silver Lakes, Woodhill, Ebotse, Arabella and Zebula.

5/ Head professional Jannes Sik has a club fitting studio adjoining the pro shop.

Accommodation

There are golf suites and B&B options inside the estate.

Club Champions

2020 Matthew Rossouw & Gina da Silva
2019 Reinhardt Blaauw & Gina da Silva

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Centurion has experienced a difficult summer with the flooding of the Hennops River on to the course in December. The water was so high it was flowing into houses adjoining the ninth. The flooding dumped tons of river sand and hundreds of tyres on to holes bordering the river. Remarkable clean-up from staff. The course still bears a few scars (No 16 suffered the most damage) but nearly all the holes are in great condition again. The growth of trees has seen Centurion blossom into an attractive "parkland bushveld" layout.
Stuart McLean
24 March 2020
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