After playing a bunch of “away games”, I felt like playing local, so I used my PMG membership to book a game at The Lake club in Benoni. The course is literally just off Atlas Road so really easy to find.
This course is divided by a road, the front nine is on one side of the road, and the back nine on the other. But not only does the road divide the nine’s, the character of each nine is completely individual. The front nine is open and forgiving (except for one pesky little dam on a par three), and the back nine is tight and challenging. So make sure that you can hit straight.
The course is in lovely condition and the fairways allow a fair amount of roll when your ball lands. As the writes is not a big hitter, I took strong advantage of that roll. It therefore pays to keep the ball trajectory a little low to maximise the roll on this course.
Talking about hitting low, you’ll need that skill when your ball lands among the trees. Lots of trees. Lots and lots of trees. So stay on the fairway! If you do land among the trees, the rough is well kept and you will find your ball quite easily. But don’t try any fancy shots from the rough. Take a high lofted club and swallow your medicine.
Being next to a lake, there is a fair amount of water to play over. One being a 200 meter par three where the water is 150 meters long. Rough stuff for us short hitters. I used a driver (blush). But nothing too intimidating.
The facilities are very nice and the halfway house is great value for money.
All in all I had a good time, and it’s nice to know that I have found another good value course that is local. I would say that this is a great course for a high handicapper to post a really good score.