Over the last few months there have been quiet whispers among golfers in the know that a new jewel was being prepared.
The course in question, Steyn City, was talked about and speculation was rife as to what would eventually emerge from the soil at the new development near Fourways. The answer? An absolute gem.
And for those who thought that opportunities to get around the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus designed layout would be few and far between there’s some good news. The course official opens to the public on April 1.
It’s a direct result of the interest surrounding the par 72 course that plays 7 000m from the championship tees. Everyone wants to see if it lives up to the hype.
At R800 a round it won’t be cheap but well worth it given that the Bentgrass tees and greens and the Kentucky Blue Grass rough and fairways which will ensure that the track retains it’s green hue throughout the year.
It’s a also a case of the sooner the better for those wanting to get a round at the course given that membership will be limited to residents of the sprawling R6.2-billion development when it is completed in the next few years.
From then on out the only way one would get an opportunity to play the course is at the invitation of a member.
Fields will also be capped at 80 players per day in order to enhance the experience while also allowing for minimal wear and tear on the course itself.
“We’re letting golfers see exactly what they’re buying into up front. This is one of the key reasons there has been such a surge in interest in the course and requests from individuals and corporates to play the course,” said Ken Payet, Golf Course GM, with the announcement of the course’s public opening.
“We have always focused on this being an enjoyable course to play and it has been designed to be configured into either a championship golf course or a more user-friendly form, thanks to its wide fairways and a small number of bunkers,” he added.