The Club at Steyn City
Fourways - Gauteng
General manager: Greg Petzer
COO: Oloff van Niekerk
Head superintendent: Andrew Kingwill (Golf Data)
Greenkeeper: Oden Chabalala
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 76.7 out of 100
Conditioning16.1 / 20
Playability15.6 / 20
Aesthetics12.2 / 15
Design Variety11.0 / 15
Shot Values10.7 / 15
Memorability11.1 / 15
Four tees / Par 72
Black 7054 metres, CR76.3/153
White 6636 metres, CR73.7/149
Blue 5973 metres, CR70.5/138
Red 5269 metres, CR66.8/128
Women’s blue, CR77.2/150
Women’s red, CR72.5/140
Visitor green fee
R1 500 includes golf cart
Nicklaus Design 2014
010 597 1030
23 (2022) & 26 (2021)
Steyn City is the most expansive property in Africa, six times the size of Sandton City, four times the size of Monaco, and two-and-a-half times larger than New York’s Central Park. Developed by insurance magnate Douw Steyn, it is South Africa’s largest playground for adults and children alike, centrally situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria.
The first thing you notice when you enter through the gatehouses is the feeling of wide open space. It is a haven for sports enthusiasts.
In keeping with the grandeur and breadth of Steyn City is a world-class modern golf course by Nicklaus Design which was nearly six years in the making by course construction experts Golf Data, who continue to maintain it. Its undulating setting over an area of 90 hectares has resulted in a succession of fabulously creative holes. At 7 054 metres off the black tees it’s a big challenge for the longest hitters, yet wide fairways make for a player-friendly layout.
The golf course is not the only attraction. One of the impressive aspects of The Club at Steyn City is the way the elegant award-winning clubhouse blends so perfectly into the golfing landscape around it. A spacious deck flows beautifully around the buildings and opens up the golfing vistas. The first tee is right in front of you, teetering high above the Jukskei River which flows through the property.
The opulence of the clubhouse and its facilities is matched on the 18 holes by a distinctive level of conditioning that illustrates the priority given to the course in the overall image of the estate. Bent grass greens and cool season grass on the fairways enable the course to stay green throughout the year.
As with many of today’s modern layouts, this is a cart course. Water hazards have to be carried on several approaches, notably at the challenging par-4 18th (443m off the club tees). Softly undulating greens leave golfers with mostly straightforward putts. Thousands of trees have been planted between holes, and as they mature the course will benefit aesthetically.
Additional Course Facts
62 by Shaun Norris in 2022 Steyn City Championship second round (32-30) with 8 birdies, 1 eagle.
The first tee shot is an exciting experience on what ranks as one of the most scenic and challenging opening holes in South Africa. A 377-metre par 4 off the club tee, you play across the wide Jukskei River to a fairway that moves diagonally left to the line of play following the river. The green sits below the ridge of what used to be an old quarry. Another unique par 4 is the 359m seventh which plunges steeply downhill and entices golfers to have a crack at driving the green. The front nine ends with a 168m par-3 back across the Jukskei to an elevated green.
Long and spacious 300-metre range behind the clubhouse with target greens, plus a short-game area, and practice putting green at clubhouse. There are teeing areas
at both ends.
MEN'S CLUB CHAMPION
2023 Jonathan Butt
2022 Justin Mackenzie
2021 Stephen van Rhyn
Did You Know
1/ Golf is just one of many activities at this 2000-hectare lifestyle resort. There is an equestrian centre; recreation and leisure activities placed strategically along open green belts and the Jukskei River; plus a skate park, soccer pitches, nature trails, tennis and squash courts, gym equipment, and a kids wonderland.
2/ Developer Douw Steyn’s palatial home sits on a ridge overlooking the course and clubhouse, towering over golfers on the tenth tee.
3/ Golf club membership open only to Steyn City residents. Membership has grown to 115. Visitors welcome subject to availability. Course closed Mondays.
4/ The clubhouse, a social hub for residents and guests, has won international acclaim for its innovative architectural design. All parking bays are on two covered levels. It includes a gym.
5/ Hosted first DP World Tour event in March 2022, the Steyn City Championship, won by Shaun Norris on 25-under 263 (64-62-67-70). Norris had 26 birdies and 1 eagle, just 3 bogeys. The 2023 event was won on 24-under 264 by Nick Bachem who had 29 birdies.
6/ The first hole-in-one at the downhill par-4 seventh was recorded by Don Wolmarans in June 2022 from 290 metres.
Course and Facilities Rating
Steyn City is encouraging the kikuyu grass to take over from the rye that was grown in on the fairways when the course first opened. This is more sustainable in Gauteng and I support this move. The tee boxes and greens are bent grass and in fantastic condition. A varied and fair design, fun to play. My favourite hole is No 4, the third longest par 4 (434 black tee and 395 white) with a stunning green complex. I am sure the course will continue to get even better as the many trees that were planted grow bigger. The fairways are wide and the houses on the course should not come into play, a great feature of this estate course.
13 July 2023
Not often that one experiences golfing nirvana within Gauteng. Generally, the must play courses are located in other provinces at holiday resorts. Steyn City has changed all that.
Not only is the course immaculate, and fun to play, the variety provided doesn’t leave you overwhelmed or exhausted. There is a good mix of different holes. Even from the white tees (6636 metres) you feel that you have a shot at birdie on most holes, thanks to the wide fairways and greens as smooth and slick as table tops. The overall experience at Steyn City, from the range to the locker room to the 19th hole, is of a superior quality.
25 June 2023
I'm told that a million trees have been planted on the greater Steyn City residential estate, including the golf course. A substantial boost to its green, environmental credentials. And almost another million trees to be planted in areas still to be developed. As the trees mature they continue to shape and define an excellent Nicklaus Design layout, one that I find eminently enjoyable to play. It's a course with many interesting variations from tee to green. No hole appears to be awkwardly fitted in, although with all the land the 18 holes occupy that is no surprise. And the greens complexes have been designed to be challenging, yet mostly fair in terms of slopes. One feature of Steyn City which for me marks it out as a special course is having both a spectacularly presented first hole (teeing off over the Jukskei River) and an equally brilliant 18th. And both of them strong par 4s. You can't say that of too many courses in South Africa.
10 June 2023
Even in wet conditions the course was stunning to play.
20 December 2022
Gauteng boasts a plethora of great golfing facilities with excellent courses and none better in my opinion than Steyn City. Impressive from the moment you enter the estate through the main security gate. The course has matured and developed both in condition and the attention to detail in the maintenance. The presentation of each hole cannot be faulted. First class facilities all round with well trained and helpful staff add to the golfing experience. A round here is highly recommended.
07 December 2022
An outstanding experience in every respect, comparable to the very best in South Africa. This might not be a Jack Nicklaus Signature design (missing Jack's personal imprint), yet it is an exceptional Nicklaus creation by his appointed SA team, covering a vast area of pleasantly undulating terrain. That means carts, yet the paths are so well constructed that I didn't mind not being able to walk. Conditioning is on another level. The overall presentation and attention to detail is phenomenal. Quite a sensational feeling to step on to pristine and closely mown tees, all prominently raised. There are Top 100 courses whose greens aren't that good. The fairways were surprisingly wet after overnight rain -- soaking to the point that carts weren't allowed on them -- and the course thus played longer than usual. Steyn City's length is not in the Blair Atholl league, but its white club tees measure a formidable 6636 metres. I found it more fun and sporting off the blue (5973). Every hole is memorable; those which stand out for me are the attractive first with its tee overlooking the Jukskei River; the steeply downhill seventh, followed by the equally stunning eighth running parallel to the river, while the back nine finish of 16-17-18 is impressively beautiful and challenging. And the par-3 ninth green makes the most of its riverbank site.
06 November 2022
The Club at Steyn City is maturing into one of the best layouts in Gauteng. Conditioning is exceptional for this early in the summer rainfall season. The greens are impeccable and have a true and consistent roll. It is always impressive to see the attention to detail, presentation of the course and level of service provided at this fine club. Design variety is a personal highlight at Steyn City with the finishing holes on both 9s being enjoyable to play. The par-3 ninth is a gem, played over the Jukskei River towards the world class clubhouse, and the par-4 18th one of the most demanding finishing holes you will play. The green fee is not inexpensive, but well worth paying as a treat/special occasion. It is a must play course which will live up to the expectations of most avid golfers.
08 October 2021
Forgiving fairways, great condition and first-class presentation.
09 April 2021
A wonderful golfing experience. The nicest course I have played in a long time, certainly best in Gauteng.
16 March 2021
Steyn City is a pleasant high-end experience for golfers at any level. Facilities are world class and the warm welcome along with attention to detail (complimentary water & fruit, course background talk on first tee) make for an enjoyable start to the day. The course is well maintained with barely a blade of grass out of place. It is a forgiving layout with wide landing areas and large greens but from the back tees the length can make it challenging. The greens have good undulations with bunkers well placed to create interesting pin positions. In terms of a Nicklaus design I would not say it is at the same level as Simola or Pecanwood, but where it falls short on design it makes up with meticulous conditioning.
10 January 2021
Exceptional service, excellent condition and superb layout. Great overall experience.
10 December 2020
An absolute stunner to look at. Conditioning is a top priority. Playable by all handicaps, yet a mighty challenge off the back tees.
16 April 2020
Steyn City is maturing attractively, and houses on the estate are now springing up alongside some holes. It still retains a tranquil countryside feel though, and is a brilliant layout. Interesting that kikuyu is being inter-seeded on the fairways to eventually replace the cool-season grasses which have proved problematic in Gauteng. The fairway conditioning is certainly below par, particularly around the greens. Kikuyu should solve that.
20 March 2020
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