A par 5 which doglegs hard right and calls for a tee shot up the right half of the fairway. The layup second shot must be kept on the left half of the fairway to take the oak trees out of play. Going for the green in 2 usually requires a fairway wood played into the prevailing wind to a narrowing fairway. The green is guarded front left and pin high right by bunkers and slopes and the green slopes quite markedly from back to front.
A strong par 5 requiring a long straight tee shot to be played up the left half of the fairway. The green is slightly above the fairway and is protected by water left and a bunker right. Shorter hitters are compelled to lay up and play a short iron in while the longer hitter may attempt to go for the well guarded green after a good tee shot.
A shortish downhill par 4 which could be classed as “risk and reward”. The fairway dips sharply downhill from 100metre out to a green that slopes from front to back and which is protected by large bunkers front right, greenside left and back. The longer drive does not necessarily leave one with an easier shot into this green. Putting from the front portion of this green is all about the judgement of pace.
A par 3 played from a raised tee box to a green cut into the slope of the ground. A large bunker front right and another two greenside left protect this otherwise generous green. As with many greens at KGC the breaks on this green are subtle.
This hole boasts the highest tee box on the Witwatersrand which affords the golfer spectacular views of the Magaliesburg mountains. It is a downhill par 4 with the ideal tee shot being down the left half of the fairway, which narrows the longer the drive. Remember to consider the wind when playing the second shot to the green so as to avoid the three bunkers that guard it.
The KGC signature hole, a par 3 measuring 185 meters over water from the back tees. The green is protected by water on the right and has bunkers front and left. The wind is often a factor on this beautiful hole. Multiple tee box options mean the hole could require anything from a wedge to a hybrid.
A par 5 playing from elevated tee boxes to a generous fairway which slopes markedly from right to left. The ideal tee shot is up the right half of the fairway. The hazard across the fairway and the well protected green requires an accurate second shot for those who want to take the gamble of reaching this green in two.
A par 4 which doglegs hard left to a well protected two tiered green. From the tee box the big trees on the left seem to push in and force one to aim down the right which is a problem to a fairway which slopes left to right. When playing to the lower tier, avoid going to the top tier because 3 putting comes naturally from there.
The front nine finishes with a tricky par 4 dog left right. It requires a tee shot up the right to a landing zone that cannot be seen from the tee box. If to straight and long the player will end up punching out of the trees with little hope reaching the green. Judgement of the second shot can be effected by the prevailing winds and the fairway that slopes which create dead ground short of the green. The putting tip here (and for most of the greens) is: if in doubt it breaks away from the Clubhouse.
This hole requires a precisely placed tee shot to have a shot to the small elevated green. The funnelling of the prevailing wind between the trees can make the club selection tricky. Missing this green anywhere except short will leave one with a very awkward chip to save par.
A par 3 measuring around 170m which is played into the prevailing wind to a well protected green. Once on the green the lie of the land and flag position can make for some interesting putts with speed being the main consideration. Par is always a good score on this hole.
This is the easiest par 5 on the course. The longer the tee shot at this par 5 the narrower the fairway. Grass mounds short of the green helps protect this hole from the rolling approach.
A good par 4 played into the prevailing wind to a small sloped green. One need to play a accurate tee shot here as the tree lined nature of this hole means missing this fairway seldom allows a conventional 2nd shot to this green.
This par 3 played downhill (and often downwind) from multiple tee boxes to a green protected by water left and a bunker right. Whether one is through the green or in the bunker it leaves you with a shot back towards the large water hazard. The short pin placements are the most difficult to play to irrespective of the tee position.
Very difficult par 4. The uphill drive has to find the fairway with a narrow landing area for the long hitter. The 2nd shot is played to a green with severe slopes and a 2 putt is not guaranteed. This is the start of the KGC “amen corner”.
The tee box is set back into a funnel of trees requiring a long tee shot favouring the left half of the fairway. Besides of its length the hole is made difficult by a clump of trees which has to be flown when approaching from the right side of the fairway. Add to that a well bunkered green with a steep run off right and long and you will find a true stroke 1.
This par 4 is a severe dog left which the long hitters can attempt to clear leaving them with a short iron in. The conventional tee shot to the corner still leaves one with 170 to 190 meters to the centre of the green. This yardage is further compounded to the fact that the shot is uphill and into the prevailing wind. Missing this green leaves an extremely difficult chip shot.
This downhill dogleg right par 4 finishing hole requires a straight tee shot to leave one with a short iron to a green guarded by water and bunkers. Missing this green will definitely test your chipping abilities.