Irene Country Club

The bucolic setting at Irene Country Club suggests a course far removed from the big cities, but this beautiful parklands-style course lies just 15 kilometres outside of Pretoria.

There are parts of the course where you will hear the cows being milked for locals to come down and buy their milk fresh, as it is next to the Van der Byl Farm in the small, leafy village of Irene.

The original course was in fact designed by JH van der Byl, and, remarkably, Jan Smuts. The Smuts homestead was on a farm right next to the Van der Byl one in a time when life really was like an English village, something Irene still strives for with no factories, fresh air and rustic farms dotting the land in the area.

Laurie Waters also had a hand in the early design of the course, when was remodelled in 2009 by respected course architect Phil Jacobs, who took particular care in maintaining the natural terrain and vegetation.

As a result, there are several century-old trees around the course.

The par-three seventh hole is a particular pleasure, as one drives off a raised tee over the Hennops River and onto the green below.

Holes: 18
Par: 72
Length: 6369m
Fairway grass: Kikuyu
Greens grass: Bent grass

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