A short Par 5 to ease you into your round. A well-positioned drive placed on the especially wide landing area will offer a good chance of hitting the green in two. The green, although guarded by two bunkers, provides the chance to get your round off to a strong start.
Formerly the Stroke 1 hole and now Stroke 7, this Par 4 remains a formidable hole. You’ve got a tough drive onto a narrow landing area, which is guarded on both sides by tall trees and the ubiquitous Braamfontein Spruit a few meters to the right of the fairway. Though no bunkers protect this green, there are two swales, each hazardous, as well as subtle sloping, all of which will test your skills.
A hole that demands pin-point accuracy as the green is guarded by two bunkers, a swale and a steep drop-off. The putting surface is even and offers two-club rewards to accurate tee shots.
Affectionately known to members as “The Wallers”, this hole is deservedly Stroke 1. With the tee box high above the fairway, a drive of over 170 meters is required just to land on the front section. Longer hitters, especially, must beware of the thickets of trees just meter to the left and right of the fairway, as well as the irrigation dam. A solid drive down the right of the fairway is needed to open the entrance to the green. Though the green is large, aim to land your final approach below the pin or the contours could cost you dearly.
This Par 3 offers a long narrow target from an elevated tee, complicated by swirling winds caused by large trees framing the hole. The green is guarded by four deep bunkers, in one of which lies a sentinel at the front, swales protect the left and out-of-bounds is just a pull away The surface is relatively gentle, however.
This hole has undergone significant improvement. From the tee, either lay-up short of the prominent fairway bunker at 220 metres from the back tee position, or go for the longer shot with your driver. Tee shots pushed or pulled will be punished by poor lies amongst the trees. This is the smallest green on the course, has two distinct tiers and is superbly protected by bunkers front and back left, while back right has a steep drop-off into rough.
Decision time again from the tee box. Either a lay-up in front of the fairway bunker, or hit a ‘risk and reward’ drive past the bunker, which will bring the slope’s advantage to bear. At the same time the sluit runs the full length of the hole on the right. While the green is large you will need to be accurate with your approach, as the green is guarded by three large bunkers and a few swales. The slope of the green is subtle and requires an accurate read.
This hole is rated Stroke 3 and here’s why: Your second shot requires a long iron into a narrow green. The sluit runs along the right side of the hole and off the left side of the fairway trees and thickets or worse, out-of-bounds await an errant shot. The green is elevated and has an undulating surface so this hole requires focus from start to end.
Though short, this Par 4 offers three clear strategies from which to choose: First lay-up and leave a mid-iron to the green; or, play your driver over the mound 60 metres in front of the green, avoiding the bunkers. With an undulating surface to the green, approach shots need to land as close to the pin as possible.
Long hitters start this Par 4 Stroke 2 by having to negotiate two fairway bunkers off the tee and to cross the sluit, which runs across the fairway. You’ll need a long iron or fairway wood for your second and your approach is into a tight green complex, with a mound in front of the green channeling balls into bunkers on the left and swales to the right. The green’s gentle slopes can be deceptive to read.
The ideal tee shot should be hit over the tall willow tree on the inside corner of the dogleg but beware of the sluit. Though the left side of the fairway is harder to hit, it offers the best approach to the green, which is well contoured and features an elevated back right.
This fairly short Par 4 offers a chance to score well. From the tee the ideal fairway position is on the right, from where it’s a short iron approach into a slightly elevated green. The green is two-tiered from front to back so accuracy is needed and a deep bunker guarding the entire front left should be avoided.
This hole presents a daunting tee shot. It should be aimed down the right hand side, noting that it must clear the sluit, which also turns and runs along the right. While a left direction shot is safer, it sacrifices a much needed distance on this long uphill Par 5. Your second shot continues uphill with only tall trees to act as a marker. Most play a short third approach into the clover-shaped green, which will challenge with several elevation changes.
Here’s another good chance to score well, although a misdirected second shot may find either an approach bunker or two bunkers that are green-high. Be accurate onto the green to avoid a front-side swale and steep drop-off at the back of the green.
Arguably Parkview’s new signature hole, this long Par 3 offers a pleasing yet daunting vista to golfers. Tee shots must clear the sluit and a dam. Over clubbing to avoid the dam may leave you behind the green with a tricky pitch back toward the water. Given the contouring of the green, a birdie here will require an accurate shot near the pin.
Though long hitters may reach the green from the tee, any deviation is severely punished. The safe play is to tee-off with a mid-iron and follow it with an accurate short iron into the green. . The green slopes severely from back to front, but the “shelves” between levels are large enough to enable the ball to stop where desired.
Any drive even slightly pushed or faded off the tee, on this long Par 4, will end up out-of-bounds, in the trees guarding the boundary on the right, or in the sluit on the left. The entire fairway is lined, left and right, with trees close to the cut. It also slopes severely to the left, leaving a challenging side hill stance for the long second shot. The green is guarded left and right with bunkers, mounds and swales.
This hole’s a suitable challenge for matches going down to the wire. Tee shots must thread through trees on the left and the sluit on the right to hit a large landing area. A good tee shot will leave a short iron to the green. The green complex is well guarded by three of the largest bunkers on the course, as well as a deep and daunting swale front right of the green. However, a good shot onto the green will likely be rewarded with ebullient applause from the club house verandah. With some variety in the speed and slope of the green, this is a great finishing hole.