Course Review: Eagle Canyon Golf Links

2 Oct

Located west of Sandton and Johannesburg, the Eagle Canyon Country Club is a golf estate that is home to the Eagle Canyon Golf Links.

I have had the privilege and honor of playing a fair share of golf courses in and around Johannesburg and I can say, without any shadow of a doubt, that the Eagle Canyon Golf Links provides the most picturesque tee shot in the Greater Johannesburg area. Step on to the tee box at the Tenth and the elevated tee provides you with a panoramic view of the estate and the “Highveld” in the distance. Should you play the course in the afternoon, the combination of the elevated tee boxes on the back nine and the golden Johannesburg sunset will leave you spellbound!

Pretty views are not all this course has to offer, although not a Links course by the Golf purist definition of Links (it doesn’t get much wind, the fairways are not very undulating and the greens are not massive), the course is as close to Links golf as you will experience in Johannesburg (discounting the gorgeous Niklaus designed Serengeti Golf course).

The course is fairly open which allows you to get away with the odd wayward tee shot but there is a fair amount of water throughout the course. The fairways are exquisite but I think they’re yet to crack the formula to produce championship level greens. All golf carts feature GPS units and while zooming around the course, it is hard to believe that such a beautiful course was born out of an old quarry.

I haven’t ever used the warm area/driving range at the Eagle Canyon Golf club so can’t say much to that end but the clubhouse and locker rooms are first class. In fact, there aren’t many other golf clubs where you would have a better view enjoying a sunset drink after a round of golf.

Par: 72
Distances:
Gold/Professional Tees: 6,924 meters/7,572 yards
White/Club Tees: 6,306 meters/6,896 yards
Red/Senior Tees: 5,461 meters/5,972 yards
Front nine: Two x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, 5 x Par 4s
Back nine: Two x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, 5 x Par 4s
Cost of a Round Weekend: Between ZAR 310.00 and ZAR 460.00
Cost of a Round Weekday: Between ZAR 220.00 to ZAR 310.00

Eagle Canyon Golf Links

Tenth Tee at Eagle Canyon Golf Links

Eleventh Tee at Eagle Canyon Golf Links

Sunset at Eagle Canyon Golf Links

Eagle Canyon Golf Links Scorecard