Yellow 6697 metres, CR75.8/145
White 6323 metres, CR73.9/142
Blue 6048 metres, CR71.5/139
Red 5408 metres, CR68.4/127
Women’s blue, CR78.7/146
Women’s red, CR74.4/138
Affiliated R275 Monday,
Play & ride R350 & R430
Non-affiliated R560 to R680
Peter Matkovich 1999
012 998 0021
Woodhill is a smart residential estate in the hills south-east of Pretoria, with luxury homes, and its undulating Peter Matkovich design has matured over the last 20 years into an attractive and enjoyable layout. Good conditioning has been a strong point for several years.
Less than two years after the course opened for play, Woodhill replaced Houghton and the Wanderers as host of the SA PGA Championship, with Telkom as its new sponsor. Five tournaments were played there, from 2001 to 2005, won by Deane Pappas, Chris Williams, Michiel Bothma, Warrick Druian (with a score of 267) and Warren Abery.
Woodhill’s parkland look and feel differs in several respects from most other Matkovich estate layouts, primarily having fewer water hazards, although there is a dam separating the ninth and 18th greens in front of the clubhouse. Both the finishing holes on each nine are par 4s, whereas Matkovich often likes to conclude with a risk-and-reward par 5. As usual with Matkovich the greens are creative designs.
The front nine has plenty of strong holes, beginning with the uphill par-4 first. It climbs around what used to be a high rocky koppie, and then swoops back down towards the clubhouse, ending with a short par 4. The back nine meanders around the lower part of the property, and here there’s more water, with a tree-lined stream and several hazards coming into play.
The clubhouse has been extensively renovated, with a new golfers bar and terrace, new women’s locker room, upgraded pro shop, halfway house and golf cart facility. It has two squash courts.
62 by Alan McLean in 2005 Telkom PGA;
Scott Vincent in 2016 Mauritius Open qualifier.
The par 3s at Woodhill are uniformly excellent and challenging, the shortest of them being 154 metres from the club tees. That’s the memorable 12th hole, played from an elevated tee to a green on the opposite side of a hazard. The closing stretch from 15 to 18 has an interesting mix of holes, a downhill short par 4, tricky par 3 with water left, a par 5 reachable in two for longer hitters, and then the excellent 18th.
Full-length range, short-game facility and putting greens.
Werner Deyzel & Esme Behrens
1/ Woodhill is a top security estate, yet golf visitors are welcome every day excluding Saturdays, public holidays and Sunday mornings.
2/ Club champion Werner Deyzel, 18, was one of the country’s top juniors and represented SA in the 2018 Junior World Cup. He was runner-up in the 2018 SA Junior Boys Championship at Woodhill. Deon Germishuys shot 13-under 275 with two rounds of 66 to win the strokeplay, and Keegan McLachlan won the matchplay.
3/ Woodhill in 2019 hosted the SA Women’s Amateur Championships, and Kajal Mistry performed a rare double triumph by winning both the strokeplay and matchplay titles in the same week in April. She had a best round of 67.
4/ Sunshine Tour pro Alan McLean equalled a world record at Woodhill in the 2005 Telkom PGA when he had 9 consecutive birdies in his third round 62, from No 7 to 15. He had 11 birdies in the round and played the back nine in 29.
5/ Tour professional Zander Lombard grew up at Woodhill. He had a stellar record as an amateur, and is now an honorary member. Another honorary member is Michiel Bothma, who won the 2002 Telkom PGA at Woodhill.
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