Parkview – Jon James

Published by : Stuart McLean - 23 March 2022

The presentation at Parkview is exceptional and the greens have a consistency and responsiveness that makes for a pleasurable round. The attention to detail is another aspect that impresses when you play this Johannesburg gem. The Par 3 distance boards, for all tees, are clear and updated. This should be standard at our courses. The bunker project has been significant. Most greenside traps are well presented and the refined white sand pleasing to the eye. Parkview is not long but will bare its teeth when you stray from the fairway. The kikuyu rough is brutal and our fourball experienced its “chip-out-sideways” effect. The par-3 15th is visually intimidating with water short of the green and bunkers both left and right of the pin. The three par 5s are all reachable in two, particularly the 14th which has a second shot played downhill to a well guarded green. Risk and reward is a common theme with multiple options available off the tee: 12 and 16 being good examples of tempting short par 4s. In contrast the Wallers (par-4 fourth and stroke 1) is one of the most demanding of holes. The nuances, greens and variety of design will keep you coming back for more at the home of “Bobby Locke.”

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