Johannesburg - Gauteng

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General manager: Danny Swarts
Club pro: Mike de Villiers
Greenkeeper: Paul Neveling
Club captain: Greg de Villiers
President: Tony Fernandes
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 67.7 out of 100
Conditioning13.1 / 20
Playability14.0 / 20
Aesthetics10.3 / 15
Design Variety10.1 / 15
Shot Values10.7 / 15
Memorability9.5 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6737 metres, CR75.1/140
White 6374 metres, CR73.0/136
Blue 5720 metres, CR68.8/131
Red 5235 metres, CR66.5/126
Women’s blue, CR76.0/146
Women’s red, CR72.8/141

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R250 weekdays,
R350 weekends
Non-affiliated R350 weekdays

Course designer

Arthur Tomsett 1937,
Hugh Baiocchi 1990


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WhatsApp: 079 459 1773

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There are many distinctive and challenging holes at Modderfontein, one of the most centrally situated courses in Gauteng. The strength of the layout lies principally in its redesigned back nine. This was the work of the club’s most famous member, Hugh Baiocchi, during his brief course design years.

Modderfontein used to be the site of the biggest dynamite factory in the world, AECI, supplying the gold mines, and a village and golf club developed around it.

The parkland course is set in a valley overlooked by the clubhouse, and the sloping land makes for some pleasant undulating holes. A stream runs through the course and comes into play on several holes, notably the excellent par-4 18th. Water hazards are a feature of the splendid back nine, starting at the attractive downhill 12th. The Gautrain passes behind the 13th green, and this is the start of a wonderful run of holes back to the clubhouse. The 14th is the last of the par 3s, with a stream curling around the green, and that’s followed by the most intimidating hole on the course, a 453-metre par 4 with water down the right of the fairway. It’s one of the best risk-reward long par 4s in Gauteng.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

61 by Mike de Villiers (twice)

Practice Facility

Full-size range, short-game facility and putting green.

Club Champions

Kevin Sharp & Peachy Swarts

Did You Know

1/ Head professional Mike de Villiers, PGA Club Pro of the Year in 2010, has spent his entire career at Modderfontein, growing up in the area with great friend Hugh Baiocchi. He became the club pro in 1976 at age 22 under then club GM Johnny Baiocchi. A leading teacher, he helped prepare Hugh Baiocchi in the mid-1990s for his successful career on the US Senior Tour.

2/ Another celebrated member was Steve Williams, who recently emigrated to New Zealand, having been one of SA’s best amateurs. He represented South Africa in his 40s, and won the SA Senior Open and SA Senior Amateur in recent years. In 2006 he won the 72-hole Northern Amateur strokeplay title on his home course.

3/ The club hosted the men’s Northern Amateur six times between 2002 and 2008. The 2007 strokeplay champion was Attie Schwartzel, which meant that three members of the Schwartzel family won that trophy, father George in 1985 at Irene, and older brother Charl at Randpark in 2001.

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Course Reviews
Modderfontein with its undulating terrain and numerous doglegs provides an interesting test of accuracy, especially off the tee. And it is good value, particularly on a weekday when there are green fee specials. There is plenty of design variety on both nines. Each nine opens with an unusual par 5 (the first is flat and the tenth uphill), and the nines conclude challengingly with the par-3 ninth and the demanding par-4 18th, which both have water hazards guarding each green. The greens are excellent and provide true surfaces all year round.  A highly recommended walk.
Jon James
28 July 2021

An enjoyable course, although it has a few weak holes, notably the first. The front nine includes some good traditional 90 degree dogleg par 4s which is uncommon in Johannesburg. This gets you thinking strategy from tee to green The back nine is challenging and has some great holes which test every facet of your game, particularly 12 and 15, both well designed and championship level par 4s. The greens were in very good condition and running true to line with fair speed. The clubhouse and halfway house are dated and could use a revamp but the new Green Bar is a good inclusion with a great view of the course.

Graham Jones
17 May 2021
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Best greens I have played in a while!
Martin PIenaar
18 January 2021
One of the more enjoyable Johannesburg courses that has a variety of holes offering different challenges together with a fun factor. The par-4 Stroke 1 (453-metre 15th) is one of the best holes in the country. The greens are excellent, although a bit soft, being receptive even for shots from deep rough. However, they do run fast and true. Fairways and tee boxes in decent condition. The check-in area was scary in this time of Covid, a long queue taking up to 15 minutes.
Sabelo Ndabazandile
06 January 2021
The club offers excellent value green fee deals to attract midweek visitors. Terrific 19th hole overlooking from high above the two challenging closing holes, the par-3 ninth and par-4 18th, both equally dangerous with water guarding their greens. No 18 is one of those special golf holes to finish a round. Beautiful greens.
Thomas Souness
27 December 2020
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