Country Club Johannesburg Â Woodmead
The Woodmead layout at Country Club Johannesburg in the heart of Johannesburg is a very well maintained golf course with lush fairways and receptive true greens.
This is great course that has been ranked in the top 20 courses in South Africa for the past few years and has been the host for the Telkom PGA Championship, the third title of Sunshine TourÂs triple Crown which also includes the SA Open Championship and the Nashua Masters.
Hole 1: Par 4, 389 metres
Beautiful opening hole. Short downhill par 4 with a big bunker in the middle/right side of the fairway. Out of bounds left, watch out. If you hit the fairway itÂs a generous green you will be approaching well bunkered left and right.
Hole 2: Par 4, 396 metres
Par 4, dogleg right. One big bunker on the right of the fairway and another further up on the left. Important to hit this fairway and make the hole relatively easy.
Hole 3: Par 5, 533 metres
Lovely par 5 downhill. A risk and reward hole. One of the most beautiful par 5s around. If you play well and straight you will be rewarded, but if you stray you may find a watery grave.
Hole 4: Par 3, 190 metres
A classic par 3 over water. A short hole from the front and 190 metres from the back. Pin placement plays a big role in the difficulty of this hole. Favour the right side to avoid the water.
Hole 5: Par 4, 434 metres
An uphill slight dogleg to the left par 4.This is the first real test of your golfing ability. Bunkers left and right guard a sloping fairway. The green is difficult to hit and miss it left and youÂll be sorry. A great par 4 but long and testing.
Hole 6: Par 5, 498 metres
You are in the middle of ÂAmen CornerÂ now. This par 5 slopes downhill on the drive and uphill with the second shot. Water is situated tight up the right for your drive and the hole is scattered with beautiful bunkers everywhere. Easy birdie available if you play well and trouble everywhere if you donÂt.
Hole 7: Par 4, 422 metres
ÂAmen CornerÂ continues. This magnificent par 4 is uphill the whole way and situated right in the middle right at about 200m is a notorious gobbler. Stay left of the gobbler and face a fair second to a big green guarded by a couple of well placed bunkers. Walk off with par here and youÂve always done well.
Hole 8: Par 3, 178 metres
The 8th is a straightforward par 3 of middle length. There is a bush right of the green and thick stuff left, but if you hit a decent iron shot youÂll be just fine.
Hole 9: Par 4, 423 metres
The end of ÂAmen CornerÂ is here. This par 4 is tough. There is trouble everywhere on this long dogleg left. There is water right and dense bush left. You have to hit a decent drive just to get to the corner, and a long narrow green awaits you. The toughest hole on the course. At last ÂAmen CornerÂ is over.
Hole 10: Par 4, 398 metres
The 10th is downhill all the way with one big bunker on the left of the fairway. One more bunker awaits 50m short of the green. Water is tight up the right of the green and a bunker guards the left. A fair hole where you can catch up a shot after the last four holes.
Hole 11: Par 4, 444 metres The 11th is a long par 4 with bunkers left and right of the tee but straightforward and fairly wide. A good tee shot will put you in line for a par on this low stroke.
Hole 12: Par 4, 338 metres
A lovely little par 4, slight dogleg right. There is trouble on this hole in the form of bunkers and water but if youÂre clever and hit the right shots you will make no worse than a par and perhaps a birdie.
Hole 13: Par 3, 186 metres
You have now reached your 3rd par 3.On the right of the tee is a beautiful lake. Notice the swans in every lake on the course. The tee is elevated and all in front of you is visible. A lovely little hole that will reward good golf.
Hole 14: Par 4, 378 metres
A straight yet shortish par 4 is what youÂll find. If you can miss the two fairway bunkers off the tee you will be left with a short iron into a bunkered green. The fairway slopes from right to left so be careful of your second shot.
Hole 15: Par 3, 207 metres
The longest of the par 3s. Tee off amongst the flowers on the tees to an uphill large green. The bunkers are deep at the green so avoid those at all costs.
Hole 16: Par 5, 520 metres
A monster of a par 5 awaits you. The hole plays uphill which adds to the yardage. Bunkers are well positioned throughout this hole. Stay out of the beach and youÂll be fine.
Hole 17: Par 4, 398 metres
A beautiful par 4 awaits you. You will tee off from one of many tees which are elevated .The tee shot requires precision to avoid the bunkers and water. Providing you hit the fairway you are left with a middle iron to a sloping and tricky green with the water tight up against the right.
Hole 18: Par 5, 536 metres
A good par 5 closes your round on Woodmead. It is a long par 5 again and uphill. There are many bunkers and the hole resembles a snake. The green is elevated and makes that 3rd shot harder to judge. This hole is great if youÂre having a close game. The green is large and very sloped.