Measuring 6,683 from the tips, several of the holes are wonderfully testing, demanding accuracy from the tee. There is a lovely feeling of seclusion created by the mature trees, the dramatic undulating terrain and stream that wind their way along 11 of the lush fairways. Take a look at our hole by hole guide to get a feel for the course before you visit...
A fairly short par 4 to start, a good tee shot will need to be kept to the left side of the fairway to avoid being blocked out with the second shot by a towering oak tree. An elevated green needs a well struck shot iron to hold the putting surface.
Another short par 4 that can offer a good birdie chance. The tee shot will need to reach the top of the slope, favouring the right hand side to get a good view of the green. The brave one can take on the green from the tee; however a cleverly placed bunker can catch you out.
A good tee shot that misses the fairway bunkers on the right will leave a shot to a green through a funnel of trees. Often wise to play the approach short, long of green leaves a tricky up and down.
Hell Corner, very appropriately named. A tough tee shot that needs to hug the tree line and be long enough to get to the top of the hill and a get a view of the green. Anything else will require a long, blind second shot or a provisional ball! The green is guarded by two deep bunkers to catch any mis-struck second shots. Par is a very good score here.
The first of three stunning and challenging par 3's. Named “Punchbowl”, the green sits in exactly that, with out of bounds just yards from the left edge of the green. A safe bail out is to the right with a chance to bounce in to the green, although too far right will catch the waiting bunker atop the slope. This will leave a tricky shot down to the green.
Accuracy is more important than length from the tee here. A shot over the marker will find the undulating fairway, leaving an approach over a stream to a two tiered green. Hitting the wrong level will leave a challenging two putt.
The hardest hole on the course. A tee shot to a relatively wide fairway will leave a long approach to the large green. Two bunkers on each side of the green will catch errant approaches. A four is a very good score here.
The first par 5 on the course, but certainly not a given birdie. Tee shots on the fairway can give an opportunity to try to get home in two for the longer hitters among us, but well placed bunkers can make the third shot incredibly tough, meaning a strategic lay up may be called for.
A huge bunker to the front left of the green swallows many balls, and some players! A severe slope in the middle of the green makes putting very difficult. Take note of the pin position, hitting the right level can give a good chance for birdie, hitting the wrong level makes a two putt very hard indeed.
The signature “Waterfall” hole. Take a moment to savour the view, before getting down to business. The shot plays shorter than the yardage from the elevated tees, with danger left. With the ball in mid air, you will have more than enough time to cross your fingers and hopes the ball makes a safe landing hopefully on the green.
The hole Gary Player put in his imaginary world 18 holes. You can see why, the stream winds the entire length of the hole and cuts in near the green. The fairway is very narrow in places so may be wise to leave the head covers on your longer clubs for this one. Relative safety is found to the right hand side of the green to ensure the ball stays dry. A par here will put a smile on your face. While enjoying a well earned break at the halfway hut, take a look at how daunting the tee shot is from the gold tee, not for the faint-hearted.
Take on a large trees from the Tee, or play to the left.
Another par 5 that takes its toll. Avoid the two fairway bunkers from the tee and second shot and you will be in good shape to play the third, which will play longer than expected due to the massive elevation change. Breathe a sigh of relief once you reach the top!
The last par 3 surrounded by trouble. Bunkers guard the entire left hand side of the green while a steep ravine leading to out of bounds is found on the right. Trust your swing, as a well struck shot which finds the green is the only way to keep your score going.
The shortest par 4 on the course as long as the tee shot finds the fairway. Bunkers guard the small green and one thirty yards short of the green may catch what may have looked like a good drive.
A long testing par 4 that was once a par five. Avoid the fairway bunker from the tee and this will leave a long approach to a very deep green. Again, knowing the pin position could be the difference here.
The last par 5 and a real opportunity to improve your score. The fairway slopes from right to left the whole way, and two grass ditches can pose a problem. Downhill putts on this green can be very slippery indeed.
Almost home! An elevated tee shot that avoids the grass bunkers on the right will leave an uphill approach to the green. Take plenty of club to find this very shallow green, with very fast putts for players above the hole. Just think of the rewarding drink on the terrace whist climbing the hill to the green!