Sandy Lane

Hartbeespoort Dam - North West Province

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General manager: Duncan Holmes
Greenkeeper: Daryl Allen (Ingadi)
Chairperson: Sanet van der Merwe
Captains: Grant Matthews & Marinella Buscaglia

Course Summary

Two tees / Par 70

Blue/Green 5469 metres, CR69.7/130
Red 4702 metres, CR65.7/119
Women’s blue, CR74.5/142
Women’s red, CR69.8/132

Visitor green fee

Weekday R220 affiliated, R270 NA
Weekend R280 and R320
Golf cart R280

Course designer

Douw van der Merwe 1999


012 244 3000

Nine-Hole ranking

No 23 (2024)

Sandy Lane is a modern 9-hole layout on the Kosmos northern side of the Hartbeespoort Dam, directly opposite from the Jack Nicklaus course at Pecanwood. It’s part of the Caribbean Beach residential estate.

Designed by the late Douw van der Merwe, Sandy Lane is a well-conditioned and scenic par 70 course of 5 469 metres, with its opening and closing holes on the banks of the dam, overlooked by the Magaliesberg hills. The clubhouse is attractive and compact, and there are other leisure facilities close by.

It has an interesting mix of four long holes – the course begins and ends with a par-5 – plus three par 3s and two short par 4s, with alternate tees on each nine. The opening hole has its tee on the edge of the water of the dam, alongside the Caribbean Beach marina. It’s a strong starting hole, and a large storage dam separates it from the adjoining par-5 ninth. Monitor lizards of differing sizes can be spotted on both these holes.

Stroke one is the 428-metre second which heads back towards the clubhouse. After that the course moves inland into the residential estate with the first of the par 3s, the longest being the 158-metre eighth with its green bordering the Hartbeespoort Dam.

The sixth is a 407m par 4 heading downhill towards the lake, and is followed by a superb risk-reward dogleg left par 4 of 288 metres where a stream splits the fairway. The green is protected by water, a deep bunker and trees.

The original course at Sandy Lane was 250 metres shorter, par 68, opening with a par 3 instead of par 5, and Shaun Stapleton scored a 59 on it in 2003 before it was altered.


Additional Course Facts


Construction of the dam began in 1916, on the farm Hartbeespoort once owned by Boer General Hendrik Schoeman, although delays meant it was only completed in 1923. A yacht club was immediately founded. It first overflowed in 1925. The dam wall (150 metres long and 60 metres high) is built across a narrow gorge or poort cutting through the Magaliesberg range, and the dam is fed by the waters of the Crocodile and Magalies Rivers. Its completion made the agricultural land north of the Magaliesberg more valuable. The poort was a popular hunting spot of the hartebeest antelope.

The immediate area is popular as a water sports holiday resort, but the dam has suffered from a hypertrophic state since the 1970s, largely due to mismanagement of waste water treatment within the catchment area. Vast expanses of Water hyacinth has choked movement on the dam. Tons of phosphate and nitrate deposits have resulted in a toxic aquatic ecosystem that has defied the best scientific interventions.


2022/23 Andrew Hagemann
2021 Laurie van Niekerk
2020 Grant Matthews

Did You Know

1/ There are several other golf courses in the area, including Pecanwood, ranked No 35 in the Top 100, Magalies Park, Seasons-Eco, Mooinooi (another 9-holer) and Rustenburg. Sun City is an hour’s drive.

2/ Shaun Stapleton had a nine-under-par 59 on the original par 68 Sandy Lane course, since lengthened to a par of 70.

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Course Reviews
Pleasant and scenic 9-holer which being short is fun to play for a wide variety of golfers. There's enough to challenge the low handicap, particularly the two par 5s and attractive stroke 1 second. The 280-metre dogleg left seventh is a notably good short par 4 where going for the green carries considerable risk but is tempting. Most will lay up short of a rocky stream (100 metres short of green), that also comes into play on the uphill fourth. Sandy Lane's conditioning is impressively good, with smooth-running bent grass greens that are well designed and bunkered. The par-3 eighth will be improved by removing tall reeds that hide part of the green and a view of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Neat and simple clubhouse.
Stuart McLean
22 May 2023
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