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Eagle Canyon

Honeydew - Gauteng

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Club director: Dave Christie
Greenkeeper: Collen Sebogodi (Matko Group)
Club captains: Willie Steyn & Anna-mart Steyn
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 66 out of 100
Conditioning14.3 / 20
Playability13.0 / 20
Aesthetics9.5 / 15
Design Variety9.6 / 15
Shot Values11.0 / 15
Memorability8.6 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6859 metres, CR73.9/139
White 6298 metres, CR72.0/133
Blue 5591 metres, CR68.5/121
Red 5468 metres, CR67.2/115
Women’s blue, CR73.8/144
Women’s red, CR72.4/139

Visitor green fee

R370 weekdays,
R500 weekend

Course designer

Douw van der Merwe 2005

Contact

011 801 6611
www.eaglecanyongolfestate.co.za

Previous Ranking

83 (2021) & 95 (2020)

The outside deck of the Eagle Canyon clubhouse offers a stunning panoramic view of what awaits golfers on this challenging and unusual “canyon” layout. There is a wow factor to the experience, especially for golfers who enjoy high risk and exciting shots very different from those you find on more conventional layouts.

Water hazards come significantly into play on 10 holes, so golfers have to manage their games in terms of when to lay up and when to be bold. The bunkering is also brilliantly positioned. There are some testing tee shots on the back nine. Generally, golfers will post a good score if they finish a round using the same ball they started with.

The clubhouse stands high on a ridge above the course, and the large Honeydew estate has been a notable success from a residential and lifestyle aspect, outperforming other gated estates in Johannesburg according to a Financial Mail survey.

In recent years the Eagle Canyon course has enjoyed acclaim for its superb conditioning, equal to anything in Gauteng. The DDV Design layout has been substantially improved and refined since opening in 2005. More recently the reeds that choked the dams have been cleared out, enhancing the overall Aesthetics. The holes flow through what used to be a granite and sand quarry, and there are interesting elevation changes on a risk-and-reward layout. The back nine holes enter the canyon area.

The Eagle Canyon clubhouse has undergone extensive renovations, and specialises in conference packages and functions.

Additional Course Facts

Feature Holes

The 12th is an intimidating 418-metre par 4 from the elevated club tees where water borders the left side of the fairway, and also guards the right side of a tightly protected green. A par here feels like a birdie. The average score at the Sunshine Tour Q School was 4.72. The dogleg par-4 13th has water on both sides of the fairway, while the short par-4 16th is a scary proposition both off the tee and then over water to a small green.

Practice Facility

Excellent spacious range below the clubhouse to complement a strong social golf development programme encouraging home-owners to take up the game. Home to an Academy run by former Sunshine Tour professional Hendrik Buhrmann, who has taught some of the country’s best young talent. Buhrmann’s teaching philosophy is to work on the physical, technical and mental side of the game simultaneously.

Accommodation

Blueberry Hill is a boutique business hotel adjoining Eagle Canyon near the main entrance. It offers 65 rooms, conferencing and luxury apartments, with sweeping 360-degree views of the Magaliesburg and Johannesburg skyline.

Did You Know

1/ From the clubhouse standing on a high point of the property you can see part of every hole on the course.

2/ The 2018 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School first stage was won by Tristen Strydom on a 20-under total of 268, and he set a course record of 64 with a front nine of 30.

3/ Water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes.

4/ The clubhouse includes a gym, hair salon and spa. Other facilities include tennis courts, catch-and-release fishing dams. There are 40 hectares of parkland and a spectacular eco wetland area.

5/ Chinese developer Jun Liu was behind this successful development, which took its name from the canyon feel, and the proximity of the estate to the Roodekrans Black Eagle project.

Club Champions

2022 Travis Ladner & Kera Healy
2021 Ryan Dreyer & Kera Healy
2020 Michael Pienaar & Kera Healy
2019 Dijon Tintinger & Kera Healey

Course Record

64 by Tristen Strydom at 2018 Sunshine Tour Qualifying School.

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Course Reviews
Eagle Canyon is a great golf experience if you're playing well and want to test your swing under pressure. It's not everyone's cup of tea because there are difficult shots to be played, water hazards to be carried, and elevation changes to contend with. If you like those challenges then you will enjoy the surprising diversity of holes before you. Like Ebotse Links, which was also built in a former quarry, it's a unique offering for Gauteng. There's no feeling of repetitiveness in the design. Every hole has its own character and separate challenge. If there is a weakness then it lies in the sameness of the greens complexes. They are a bit unimaginative and basically the easy part. When I first played here I didn't quite know what to make of the layout, but it grows on you. In essence it's fun to play because it is so different, and good golfers will embrace that.
Stuart McLean
17 March 2022
Excellent, challenging course with great pin placements. In awesome condition.
Juandre De Beer
01 September 2021
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Recently joined Eagle Canyon, and what a club it is. In winter the greens are still beautiful.
Andries
08 June 2021
It's the exceptional variety of hole designs that for me makes Eagle Canyon an interesting and exciting course to play. So many surprises along the way. Also the extreme elevation changes in this former quarry. Some of the climbs from green to tee are so steep that our golf cart was struggling at times to find power. We reached the 18th tee, the highest point of the course, in late afternoon, and what a beautiful view there is from this vantage point, over the back nine holes, all the water hazards, and the rolling hills looking south. My only criticism of Eagle Canyon would be that, with a few exceptions, the greens complexes are mostly undistinctive.
Stuart McLean
23 April 2021
Fairway bunkers on the first are always a challenge. The 11th and 16th are tricky holes, but the par-3 fourth is the most difficult on the course.
Stephanus Petrus
26 February 2021
Challenging for beginners. I lost 21 balls, yet I had lots of fun and will be back. Well done to the Eagle Canyon team for creating a great experience for the golf day.
Franz
26 February 2021
Always enjoy playing Eagle Canyon, in magnificent condition and a challenging course. On the top deck of the clubhouse you will not find a better view, while food and service is top notch.
Justin Phillips
19 February 2021
Attractive layout with great bunkers and good grooming. Facilities and service top notch.
Nic Strydom
19 February 2021
The most under-rated and harshly rated course in the country.
Gareth Akers
10 November 2020

Eagle Canyon has come a long way the last few years. Greens are impeccable and well manicured. You have to be creative with your shots as there are blind shots all over the course. Great value for money and well worth playing.

Sandor Kovacs
18 April 2020
A course suited to carts with many elevation changes and where most will choose to lay up on several holes where the risk outweighs the reward. With penalty areas often in play, it can be satisfying to finish a round with the same ball you started with. That said, familiarity breeds appreciation for a well-conditioned course that will challenge your club selection .
Roy Jones
06 April 2020
Eagle Canyon is an unusual layout for Gauteng, where parkland courses dominate. There are very few trees in play and the main risk comes from plentiful water hazards. Elevation changes within the canyon create exciting holes. The course has had its detractors yet has improved immeasurably and is eminently playable today, with terrific conditioning. I liked the variety of testing holes on the back nine. The greens are big, yet generally easy to putt on.
Stuart McLean
18 March 2020
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