Course Review: The Club at Steyn City

19 Sep

Billed as the “Augusta of South Africa”, does the The Club at Steyn City live up to it’s billing? Expectation is a BIG thing and when you’re putting your name next to the biggest in golf, a lot of expectation is being created…does The Club at Steyn City live up to this expectation? Read the last paragraph of this post for the short answer 🙂

The Club at Steyn City is an exquisite golf course and I can see it becoming one of the best in  Gauteng and eventually up there as top 10 course in South Africa. I’ve just played the course (unfortunately, a week and a bit after the greens had been hollow-tined) and thoroughly enjoyed navigating my way around on the buggy/cart fitted with a GPS unit and a cooler box stocked with two complimentary bottles of water – that bit alone is something you don’t get at many courses in South Africa (pretty standard in Dubai and Abu Dhabi though). The warm up range, chipping and putting greens are of Tour standard and the locker room is a thing of beauty as is the club house.

The course is a scarily long par 72 playing a standard 36 at the front and back with two par 5s and two par3s on each nine. The par 3s take no hostages with the shortest of the  par 3s playing at 160 meters/174 yards from the club tees!!! You would do very well to make par on all four of the Par 3s. The course measures a whopping 7,054 meters/7,714 yards from the back black tees, 6,636 meters/7,257 yards from the white club tees, 5,973 meters/6,532 yards from the forward/senior blue tees and 5,269 meters/5,762 yards from the purple ladies tees – by no means a short course.

The fairways are beautifully manicured and in fantastic condition. It would be near on impossible to have a bad or thin line anywhere on the fairway or even in the semi-rough for that matter. It’s hard for me to comment on the greens as they had been hollow-tined shortly before I played the course so the greens were still a bit sandy and running a bit slow. You do however get the feeling that the greens would be lightning quick once they’ve settled. I was told they usually play at about 11-12 on the stimp and with the undulating greens, you could be staring down the barrel of an incredibly delicate downhill touch-part on quite a few holes.

You would be playing lots of approach shots going up or down to greens above or below you – walking this course in the African summer sun is not a good idea (those carts/buggies are handy not just for the GPS unit).

The hole that stands out for me is the incredibly long Par 5 6th hole measuring an absolutely nutty 558 meters/610 yards from the club tees – very testing especially playing into the wind!

I was a guest at the course, but I’m told a round costs roughly ZAR 1,000.00 and includes a pyramid of balls at the range and a golf cart/buggy with GPS unit.

I must make obligatory mention of Douw Steyn, the billionaire who funded and put this all together…check out the pic of his mention overlooking the course and the promo video for Steyn City.

All told, The Club at Steyn City is an excellent course – The “Augusta of South Africa”? I think that’s a bit of a stretch. It’s kinda like saying, “my golf game is on the level of Jason Day or Jordan Spieth” but then going out and shooting a scratch round with no birdies – an excellent round of golf, no doubt, but on the level of Day and Spieth…I think not!

Scorecard from The Club at Steyn City

Grab a meal after 9 holes at The Club at Steyn City

The clubhouse at The Club at Steyn City

View of the 18th from the clubhouse at The Club at Steyn City

View from the 10th tee of the owner's (Douw Steyn) house The Club at Steyn City