Sunday round on a warm winter’s day at Goldfields West was a treat. Course was busy early on, but later arrivals like myself had this beautiful layout much to ourselves. No one immediately in front or behind. Out in the pristine bushveld with the surrounding hills and trees and large herds of different buck species wandering the property, this has to be one of the most scenic and aesthetic experiences in Gauteng. A tranquil relaxing day to appreciate. There’s a number of holes close to the clubhouse on a typically well-routed Bob Grimsdell design, but from No 12 you move away into the bush on a restful nature walk. Goldfields has had a few frosts (-3C) so the unique cynodon greens are a lighter shade than the green fairways. No need to worry about pitch marks, yet you have to work out the nap for chipping and putting on the flattish putting surfaces. It does create moments of uncertainty.