Previously used as the host venue for the Kalahari Classic, Sishen Golf Club makes its return to the Sunshine Tour roster as the host of the second leg of the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf ÂOrigins Goes EasyÂ Tour. Andrew McLardy was the last player to win the Kalahari Classic when it was last played in 1998.
This year Jean Hugo will be looking to emulate his success in 2008 where he won the KwaZulu Natal leg of the mini tour, as well as recorded two runner-ups and two more top 10Âs in the rest of the events. His win at the first leg of the 2010 Vodacom Business Origins of Golf ÂOrigins Goes EasyÂ Tour has put him in pole position to dominate the tour for the second time in three years.
Forming part of the Kalahari Country Club, Sishen Golf Club was designed by legendary golfer and course designer Robert (Bob) Grimsdell who unfortunately passed away before the completion of the course in 1979. Over 30 years on, the course has undergone a facelift and now provides a spectacular experience to golfers of all levels. It is also a regular featuring track in the top 20 courses in the country. The 6,450-metre parkland course has a course rating of 72 and proves a tricky test with water featuring on the sixth, ninth, and 18th hole while the surrounding kameeldoring trees are set to catch any straying shots.
Par 4 343 metres
A solid drive down the right of the fairway leaves one with a short iron onto a green sloping from back to front. Two careful putts and one should make par.
Par 5 490 metres
A dead straight fairway flanked by an out-of-bounds fence on the left. Longer hitters, after carefully negotiating the fairway bunkers, should be left with a long iron onto a very thick green surrounded by bunkers.
Hole 3 Par 4 388 metres Stroke one for members, invariably facing into a stiff breeze from tee. The approach shot to the green is also made tricky by the slope toward the out-of-bounds on the left of the green.
Par 3 196 metres
When the tee is set back, a kameeldoring tree blocks the front of the tee, often forcing the less experienced player to push his tee shot into the desert-type rough on the right.
Par 4 397 metres
Seasoned players drive down the right, leaving a medium iron shot to a large green protected by a bunker on the right and the Âvalley of sinÂ to the left and front of the green.
Par 5 472 metres
Probably the most difficult of the par fives, a good drive to the fairway will leave the lower handicapper on top of the rise with a difficult decision, one that could either result in the ball plopping down on the green to leave him with an eagle putt, or a decision that could introduce him to the cool, clear waters of the dam.
Par 4 414 metres
This par four is an extremely difficult hole. A narrow green surrounded by huge kameeldoring trees requires an accurate approach, as a veritable forest of trees encroaches the green from the left and right.
Par 3 150 metres
An elevated tee presents a misleadingly easy shot to the green. Three strategically placed bunkers protect this tricky green, and many a player has walked off shaking his head at a missed opportunity to improve his score.
Par 4 377 metres
A drive down the left of the fairway leaves a fairly easy eight or nine iron onto the green, albeit flirting with water. The dam always remains in play on this hole.
Par 4 342 metres
The drive has to find the fairway right of centre, as a stray shot to the left or right will leave the player severely punished. The elevated green is well protected by bunkers and trees and has some tricky slopes.
Par 5 520 metres
This hole doglegs to the left and players of all calibres are left with a tempting line over the corner for the second. Spectacular kameeldoring trees, strategically placed, demand an accurate approach to the green. The players finds him or herself on a surface sloping severely from back to front, and downhill putts are to be avoided at all costs.
Par 4 420 metres
The longest of the par fours, this hole regularly proves the most difficult during competitions and needs a careful drive. The elevated green is flanked by two often-visited bunkers.
Par 3 210 metres
The longest of the par threes requires an accurate tee shot as no margin for error is tolerated to the left and right of the green, where dense stands of trees rise up from the surrounding desert vegetation. This elevated green slopes severely from back to front.
Par 4 326 metres
The most difficult part is keeping your drive under the trees overhanging the tee box. The average drive down the hill, remembering to keep well left on the fairway, will leave the player with a short iron to the green, which is protected by traps to the front and right.
Par 5 468 metres
Probably the easiest of the par fives, this is the only hole on the course that has produced an albatross. Most low-handicap players will drive the dogleg and leave themselves an easy longish iron shot onto the green. This green surrounded by bunkers, also has many subtle undulations.
Hole 16 Par 4 369 metres This is a definite stroke two. After negotiating the odd tree to the left of the driving area, the fairway narrows and is well protected, which severely punishes a poorly executed second shot. The small green can also present a problem.
Par 3 145 metres
The easiest hole on the course requires that one does not veer off to the left where you will be stranded in the Âmad houseÂ preventing any chip shot to the green. Your only option here would be to play a low rolling shot onto the green, hopefully missing the bunker.
Par 4 371 metres
This beautiful finishing hole negotiates the water for the third time and has provided many a thrilling finish. A good drive down the middle will leave the lower handicapper with a medium to short-iron second shot, while the average golfer will have an agonising choice to get past the water.