Accessing an exclusive course like Blair Atholl as a visitor used to seem an unattainable goal and initially one felt like an intruder. Golf director Paul Marks has changed the atmosphere and it is more welcoming to visitors. Friendly faces greet you on arrival. The smiles remain as you slink out of the club with your tail between your legs having been humbled by the beast. Having played both silver and bronze tees in the past, I am delighted there is now an in-between option that offers a fairer challenge between the extreme length and subtle variations the course offers. The first eight holes, towards one of the most beautiful and unique halfway houses, is one of the best stretch of golfing holes in Gauteng, offering variations that keep you on your toes. The second half of the course, especially in a breeze, offers a challenge in concentration and power, with the 16th a monster par 4 at 481 metres uphill with bunkers to carry. Laying up here even for a long hitter is not embarrassing. It is actually advisable and may offer a better chance for par.