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Pecanwood Golf and Country Club

Pecanwood Golf and Country Club is situated on the southern shore of the Hartbeesport Dam about 40 minutes drive from central Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is not a regular stopping off point for Out of Africa golfers, but the course is located on the main route towards Sun City and is ideal for a round en route to or from the resort. Pecanwood does not feature in any of our current suggested golf holiday itineraries but it offers a good standard of golf and is well maintained.

Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course was 6 years in the making, finally opening for play in 1997, firstly as a 9 hole layout until the full 18 holes and clubhouse were completed in 1999. The fairways are grassed with Kikuyu from tee to green while the greens themselves are the first to be planted in South Africa with Crenshaw bent grass. Due to the extremely resilient nature of Kikuyu grass, the course can be played all year round, regardless of the prevailing weather conditions.

The Hartbeesport Dam is a dominating feature of the course, and indeed plays across a stretch of it on the 13thhole. In the distance the Magaliesberg Mountains form a back drop to the estate, enhancing the scenery, however for the most part the course plays through the houses of this residential estate.

The fairways are wide and open, with little to trouble the competent golfer. There are large bunkers on many of the fairways that are quite flat and do not add much in the way of a playing hazard. These huge expanses of sand are rarely strategic, and seem to have more aesthetic value than anything else. However a number of the greens are protected to some degree by by deeper bunkers, which are to be avoided at all cost.

The challenging par 3, 3rd hole plays across water to a green that is squeezed between the lake to its right and a large bunker on the left. At stroke 11, the hole seems quite innocuous, requiring only a mid iron but your tendency is to pull left away from the water and find the sand.

Hole 6 is the hardest on the course, a par 4 that plays around water. As with the third, your tendency is to hug the left hand side of the fairway to avoid the lake but bunkers await. For longer hitters, it should be possible to take the ‘Tiger-line’, with an approach shot played slightly downhill into a difficult target, which is well protected by bunkers and water in front and on the right.

The par 3 8th is a mid length hole played over one of the  large sand ‘features’ described earlier. A mid to long iron should be enough to clear it and  find the undulating green. A number of bunkers protect this green at the back, waiting to absorb anything that it too long.

Pecanwood's signature hole is the 13th, another par 3 played over the dam. There is a bale-out area in front of the green if you don’t have enough distance or are shy of taking on the pin directly. The green is guarded by bunkers on both sides should you miss or over shoot.

For more information about golfing holidays in South Africa or playing at Pecanwood, contact our golf holiday expert's on +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 for our Asian clients. Request a copy of our brochure here.







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Pecanwood Country Club Information:
Par 72
Parkland style
Mens Club Tees: 6515m
Ladies Tees: 5261m
Closed Mondays

Pecanwood Golf Club Facilities:

  • Carts
  • Halfway House Stop
  • Trolleys
  • Driving range
  • Putting Green
  • Chipping Area