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Waterkloof Golf Club

Pretoria - Gauteng

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Club manager: Ernst Uys
Pro shop manager: Alet de Langen
Golf director: Hein Botha
Club captains: Wayne Heine & Alet de Langen
President: General Piet Steyn
Chairman: Willem Roberts
Greenkeeper: Wessel Duvenhage
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 63.8 out of 100
Conditioning13.6 / 20
Playability12.8 / 20
Aesthetics10.5 / 15
Design Variety9.3 / 15
Shot Values9.1 / 15
Memorability8.5 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72
Yellow 6677 metres, CR75.0/136
White 6305 metres, CR72.8/136
Blue 5989 metres, CR71.2/134
Red 5284 metres, CR67.4/129
Women’s white, CR78.6/143
Women’s blue, CR76.5/140
Women’s red, CR72.5/130

Visitor green fee

Affiliated
R190 Monday, Tuesday;
R320 Wednesday;
R290 Thursday, Friday;
R400 weekends
Non-affiliated
R250; R480; R340 & R480
Golf carts R380

Course designer

Peter Matkovich redesign 2004

Contact

073 367 5517

Waterkloof sits in an attractive countryside setting on Waterkloof Ridge overlooking the R21 highway and the Groenkloof Nature Reserve. The Voortrekker Monument is close by and can be seen from parts of the course.

Waterkloof began the new millennium as Monument Golf Club, the club being founded in 1969, but the name was changed in 2006 following the conversion of the property into a residential estate beginning in 2004. At the same time the original layout was redesigned by Peter Matkovich. The estate homes are situated away from the golf course on the back nine.

Matkovich constructed some undulating greens complexes which provides the main challenge of a golf course that is relatively wide open off the tee. The par 3s are a feature, with the sixth measuring 206 metres from the back tees, while the 17th is 210 metres with a water hazard left of the green. The 15th is a beautifully framed par 3 of 183 metres.

The ninth and 18th greens come together up a gentle incline in front of the large double-storey clubhouse, both protected by the same large water hazard, the ninth being stroke 1 on the scorecard, a 443-metre par 4, while 18 is the shortest of the par 5s at 469 metres.

The Pretoria course is popular with visitors, and 49 000 rounds were played at Waterkloof in 2021. The club offers affordable green fees, particularly for students and pensioners on weekday mornings. There are discounts for large groups on Sundays.

Additional Course Facts

Did You Know

1/ Kyle McClatchie had a 25-under-par total of 263 to win the 2018 Gauteng North Open at Waterkloof, highlights being 64-62 the final two rounds.

2/ Waterkloof hosted three separate IGT Tour professional events in 2017, and there was some low rounds, notably a 60 by Chilean visitor Matias Calderon, who went on to win the 2018 SA PGA Championship, and a 61 by Justin Turner.

3/ Fort Klapperkop which sits on a ridge overlooking the golf club dates to 1886 and was built to protect Pretoria during the first Anglo-Boer War. It hosts a museum displaying artifacts from the Anglo-Boer Wars. Also on site is a steam locomotive from that era, a long tom gun, and the last tram used in Pretoria. There is a memorial to those who gave their lives for the SA Defence Force.

4/ The 40-metre high Voortrekker Monument, made from granite and inaugurated in 1949, commemorates the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. A feature is the wall representing the ‘laager’ of 64 ox-wagons from the Battle of Blood River.

5/ Women’s Golf SA held the 2018 Teams Championship at Waterkloof, won by home province Gauteng North. Waterkloof hosted the 2007 Junior Interprovincial.

Range

Full size facility with two decks of bays.

Course Record

60 by Matias Calderon (Chile), IGT Tour event, April 2017 (31-29), 11 birdies and one eagle.

61 by Justin Turner in 2017 Waterkloof Challenge on IGT Tour, with 3 eagles and 6 birdies.

62 by Kyle McClatchie in final round of 2018 Gauteng North Open. He had an eagle (No 14) and eight birdies, playing each nine 32-30.

Accommodation

Apogee Boutique Hotel & Spa is on Johann Rissik Drive close to the club. La Vida Luka luxury guesthouse, and 37 on Charles.

Club Champions

2021 Handre Truter & Charlene Oosthuizen
2020 Wessel Duvenhage & Hannah Venter
2019 Jacques van Tonder & Charlene Oosthuizen

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Impressive experience at Waterkloof, a course overdue for Top 100 status. That began in the car park, where the club has thoughtfully built shade cloth protection for most of the bays. Welcome relief getting into a cool car after hot weather on the course. It has a large clubhouse, yet the well-stocked pro shop, halfway house and 19th hole are in a convenient central hub close to the action. Played on a Monday and it was busy; no wonder when you combine an affordable green fee with an immaculately presented layout from tee to green that other than the occasional water hazard doesn't severely punish wayward shots. The conditioning is superb. I liked the easy flow of the course (the second is one of the best holes, a magnificent par 5 sliding downhill left around trees to a creatively shaped green); the challenging and thrilling par 3s; the interesting variety of the greens complexes; and the excellent country feel of the aesthetics. It's in a scenic and tranquil part of Pretoria.
Stuart McLean
29 March 2022
Waterkloof is in excellent condition with both bunkers and greens among the best in Gauteng. The course is fairly forgiving off the tee, notable exceptions being the tight par-4 third (417m) and demanding par-4 fifth (391). Both holes grab your attention. The greens complexes are tricky with undulations and bunkers (third) and a water hazard (left of No 5) ready to swallow an errant shot. The par 3s are the strength of the course, with only No 8 (146) playing short. The other three all test your game. I enjoyed the 15th (183) which is outstandingly framed. The par 5s provide birdie opportunities but still demand accuracy off the tee. If you get blocked by the mature trees you will be left with no choice but to play out sideways or lay up well short of the green. Waterkloof represents great value, an enjoyable and memorable walk, and good test of your game.
Jon James
30 January 2022
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