Eye of Africa must have the largest practice putting green of any course in SA. Right below the clubhouse (which is basically a pub and a gym). I stepped it out at 60 metres from one end to the other, and it’s fairly broad, undulating too. It used to be two separate greens, one for putting, the other for chipping. Now there’s a short-game area behind the range, which is one of the finest, 300 metres long, grass bays, five target greens. I find Eye of Africa a delight to play, particularly enjoying the cynodon fairways which come into their own in the summer. A quality tight surface for playing crisp shots. The Eye has some testing holes starting out, as you’re climbing to higher levels in these hills south of Joburg. The par-5 second is a stern challenge, as is the third with its green tucked away on the right protected by a stream. The climb is worthwhile though (easy in a cart), not just for the views, as from No 8 you experience some thrilling downhill tee shots to wide fairways. There’s scope to whang some enormous drives. Good holes follow one another all the way back to the long par-4 18th, and they are all eminently playable.