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Eagle Canyon

Honeydew - Gauteng

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Club director: Dave Christie
Greenkeeper: Collen Sebogodi (Matko Group)
Club captain: Johan Havenga

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6859 metres, CR75.2/148
White 6298 metres, CR72.5/147
Blue 5591 metres, CR69.2/141
Red 5468 metres, CR68.0/138
Women’s blue, CR75.6/155
Women’s red, CR74.2/155

Visitor green fee

Weekdays R290,
weekends R430

Course designer

Douw van der Merwe 2005

Contact

011 801 6611
www.eaglecanyongolfestate.co.za

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.

The Slope Rating of 147 from the club tees is the highest among Gauteng courses, emphasising the amount of trouble to be avoided. 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 professionals Hendrik Buhrmann and Martin du Toit, who have 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

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 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
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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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