Woodmead Golf Course, Sandton
Country Club Johannesburg, Woodmead, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng / The country club Johannesburg is one of Africa's finest golfing facilities, with two championship courses on a large piece of ground in the plush northern suburbs. The Woodmead Course opened in 1968 and Woodlands in 1992 and both are splendid 18 hole layouts with opinion sharply divided as to which is the better of the two.
The older Woodmead course is famous for its dogleg-right 389-meter par-four 7th hole known as 'The Gobbler' that is strategically situated to the right of the fairway. Caddies have been sent crawling into this thicket in order to try and retrieve stray golf balls. Inevitably for those who emerge worse for wear and empty handed, the golfer has no option but to declare the ball lost and reload.
The finishing hole by contrast offers some respite. This is a par-five of 440 meters and even medium strength hitters have a chance of getting up close to the green in two and ending the day with a satisfying birdie. The course can be quiet forgiving if one is able to keep the ball on the straight and narrow. Nine of the holes have water hazards and the 15th is a very troublesome hole.
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Did you know?
Most golfers enjoy the 7th at Woodlands because, like Woodmead's 18th, it is a par five of only 440 meters.
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