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Silver Lakes

Pretoria - Gauteng

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Golf Manager: Brendon van Nieuwenhuizen
Greenkeeper: Nikki Curtayne (Matko Group)
Club captain: Henry Roodt
Chairman: Gideon Pienaar

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6640 metres, CR75.2/150
White 6214 metres, CR73.1/145
Blue 5785 metres, CR71.0/138
Red 5347 metres, CR68.5/136
Women’s blue, CR77.3/154
Women’s red, CR74.5/148

Visitor green fee

Monday R240
Tuesday-Friday AM R260
& PM R310
Friday PM R360
Weekend R460
Sunday PM R410

Course designer

Peter Matkovich 1993

Contact

012 809 0430
www.silverlakes.co.za

Silver Lakes was created in the bushveld east of Pretoria, around an early Peter Matkovich golf course project, and it has become one of Africa’s biggest golf estate developments, with 1700 homes. It was Tshwane’s first golf estate, and the area itself is today a major residential hub adjoining the N4 highway.

The golfing challenge at Silver Lakes has always had an adventurous association with water hazards from the day the course opened in 1993. Water comes into play on 11 holes, and adds both scenic values and risk-and-reward opportunities for brave golfers. Several greens edge up against water hazards, so golfers need to balance aggression with caution. The Slope at Silver Lakes is a high 150 from the back tees, a good indicator of how challenging the course is for the club golfer.

A large dam on the back nine provided Matkovich with the inspiration to create exciting and novel design features. On the par-5 14th he built an island in the middle of the dam which serves as an alternate fairway. Taking the bold island route off the tee leaves golfers with a shorter approach to the green, but it’s an extreme carry over water and not for the faint-hearted. There is another double fairway on the par-4 eighth.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

61 by Shaun Norris

Feature Holes

Palm trees and water give Silver Lakes something of a tropical look in places, notably at the par-3 ninth where the green shares a man-made island with that of the par-5 18th green. The ninth asks for a 150-metre shot from the club tees over water against a backdrop of the clubhouse, while the 476-metre final hole has a wetland guarding the right of the fairway before opening up into a larger hazard protecting the green. The 13th is a magnificent 179-metre par 3 from the back tee to a green pushed out into the main dam.

Accommodation

There are seven guest houses within the estate.

Practice Facility

There is an excellent range and short-game facility adjoining the first hole, used by the Silver Lakes Golf Academy which has PGA qualified teachers with Flightscope swing analysis technology. Andrew McKenna is head teaching pro. There is an extensive practice putting green.

Club Champions

Joshua Koekemoer & Marlie le Roux

Did You Know

1/ Silver Lakes is a golf & wildlife estate. It has its own game reserve with a variety of buck, including sable antelope, kudu and nyala; rich in birdlife, headed by the African Fish Eagle. The animals use the estate dams as watering holes. Many streets are named after famous courses and players.

2/ Silver Lakes is home to the African Turf Academy, run by Andrew McKenna, which targets young aspiring pro golfers keen on understanding golf course management. It provides the only internationally recognised greenkeeping qualifications in Africa. The students do practical hours at Silver Lakes.

3/ Silver Lakes has long been home for Sunshine Tour veteran Shaun Norris who grew up on the estate with younger brothers Alain and Kyle. The three made history in 2002 by competing in the SA Amateur at George. Shaun has the course record, and posted a 59 in a 2015 club competition.

4/ The tournament course record is 62 by SA Amateur champion Wilco Nienaber in January 2019. He had eight birdies and an eagle in the final round to win the Gauteng North Open. His card included ten 3s and eight 4s.

5/ Silver Lakes hosted the men’s SA Amateur in 2015. Scotsman Daniel Young beat Jovan Rebula (nephew of Ernie Els) in the 36-hole matchplay final.

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Some holes a little over the top for my liking but a good layout with strong memorability factors. 

Sandor Kovacs
18 April 2020
Silver Lakes lives up to its reputation as being an eco-friendly estate course. The trees and wetlands are a feature of this layout. For the first three holes -- the dullest on the course -- you feel hemmed in by houses, and only at the fourth do you get a true picture of what makes this is an attractive place to play. Good holes follow one after the other, and the bushveld aspect takes effect. Silver Lakes has three attractive par 3s in 9, 13 and 16. The island fairway on the par-5 14th looks a dated concept.
Stuart McLean
01 April 2020
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