The course is approximately 7,200 yards, but does not play that long due to the altitude (6,000 feet) - the ball flies about 10% further than normal due to the high altitude.
Houghton is a tree-lined parkland course, and driving well will be very important. The course is very green, so not much run on the ball.
There is water on eight holes but it doesn't really come into play much, except on the tee shot at the 4th hole.
Greens - Bent Grass
Fairways - Kikuyu
Average 25 yards wide
Semi-rough - 30mm
Maintained rough - 4 inches
The rough throughout is very sparse due to severe drought conditions in recent weeks.
Gently undulating greens, putting very well, with a stimpmeter reading around 10-10.6.