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
Affiliated R250 weekdays,
Non-affiliated R350 weekdays
Arthur Tomsett 1937,
Hugh Baiocchi 1990
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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.
61 by Mike de Villiers (twice)
Full-size range, short-game facility and putting green.
Kevin Sharp & Peachy Swarts
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.
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.
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