Yellow 6610 metres, CR74.0/145
White 6198 metres, CR72.1/141
Blue 5827 metres, CR70.0/134
Red 5388 metres, CR67.9/128
Women’s blue, CR77.3/149
Women’s red, CR74.4/144
Monday R560 for two sharing cart
Wednesday R900 fourball with carts
Sunday R1000 fourball with carts
Danie Obermeyer 2014
078 052 4083
This new course on the Vaal River, part of a residential estate development, has already accumulated a large membership in an area of the Vaal Triangle where four good value courses make for an inexpensive golf destination an hour’s drive south from Gauteng – the others being Emfuleni, Maccauvlei and Riviera.
Heron Banks opened as a 9-holer in 2014 and a second nine has since been completed by the course owners and developers, father and son, Gary and Robbie Lance. Robbie not only runs the golf club, he is also responsible for the course maintenance. A clubhouse has been built, there’s an excellent range, a fleet of golf carts, and attractive membership options available. Full membership is R2 650, R1 200 for seniors and students, R1 100 for female members.
The course, with trademark Danie Obermeyer bunker complexes a feature on many holes, has excellent greens, and water hazards are everywhere, particularly on the back nine where holes 15-17 run alongside the Vaal River. The hazards come into play on 13 holes.
The front nine is inland of the clubhouse and from the back tees it is a strong test at 3452 metres. The last three holes comprise a 455-metre par 4, 419m par 4, and 570m par 5. The ninth is a magnificent 3-shotter, flowing downhill from an elevated back tee. The back nine (the original nine) among the wetlands is shorter and far more scenic. It begins with a superb par-3 heading towards the river, and ends with a good par 4.
There are five par 3s and from the back tees you probably won’t find a longer set in the country. The shortest is 179 metres and longest 209.
62, Bradford Vaughan, January 2017
2020 P G Swarts
There is a long and spacious range open to the public, close to the clubhouse adjoining the 18th fairway.
There are 8 rooms available for guests in a lodge next to the clubhouse.
1/ Club pro Bradford Vaughan, the 1994 SA Amateur champion, had a distinguished career on the Sunshine Tour, winning multiple tournaments.
2/ SA’s No 1 amateur Casey Jarvis won the 2020 Free State Open here with an 18-under-par total of 266, including a final round 64.
3/ Heron Banks hosted the 2018 SA Senior Amateur won by KZN’s Morgan Phillips with a 3-under-par total of 210.
4/ Heron Banks member Almero Theron won the 2017 SA Mid-Amateur title at the Gary Player CC, the first Free State champion. He won despite having a 10 on the par-5 tenth hole in the third round. He has since immigrated to New Zealand.
Excellent course, love the vibe at the club. Helpful staff who make you feel at home.
With fantastic greens, an impressive new clubhouse, and a great layout, it is my favourite local course, at a good price too!
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