It wasn’t an awfully long time ago when the Pretoria Country Club would have been a symbol of inequality and racism and probably personify the stereotype of golf being a middle-aged white man’s sport – I am elated to say, times have changed and this is no more.
Situated in South Africa’s Capital City, the Pretoria Country Club features a Par 72, 18 hole golf course which has the honour of playing host to the 2016 Tshwane Open. The course is a park land course laid out with 2 par 5s & par 3s on the front 9 and two par 5s & Par 3s on the back nine.
The course is an old course (1910) that was redesigned in the mid-2000s and on visiting Pretoria Country Club you will quickly realise the place has a history. The redesign worked well and the course is a good golfing challenge without being too punishing. It’s fairly open and if you hit the fairway off the tee, the course becomes quite easy and you’ll get to hit an array of approach shots – I used every single club in my bag navigating my way around.
I didn’t use much of the warm up area except for the putting green. The fairways were in good nick considering they were being worked on in preparation for the busy summer season. The greens were true, very well maintained and held up my Titleist Pro V1s very nicely.
A round of golf at the Pretoria Country Club will cost you between ZAR360 to ZAR520 depending on your golf affiliation and you have to be a guest of a member to play at the weekend.
Green fees don’t include any extras aside from the cost of playing a round.
Going around the course at the Pretoria Country Club, I had a smile at the quiet thought that popped in my head – not even three decades prior, I wouldn’t have been allowed to set foot on the course let along play golf on it – Nkosi Sikelele iAfrica!