Friday, 19 March 2010
Course
Opened in 1996, designed by Gary Player. Set on the edge of the Kruger National Park, incorporating many characteristics of the local area. The course winds among trees, bushes and grass land, and includes several water hazards ranging from large lakes and ponds to brooks and streams set in rocks and cascading waterfalls. The signature hole would be Hole 13, a long par 5 with a brook on the left and the green framed against the Crocodile river with the plains of the Kruger National Park beyond. The tournament back tee on Hole 15 is set high above the fairway, and offers outstanding views in all directions over the hills and the National Park.
The course has many forms of wildlife on it:- a hippopotamus (named Harry) resides in the lake on Hole 16; a leopard is rumoured to live around Hole 6; Waterbuck, Aardvark, Kudu, Impala and Giraffe all feature on and around the course; crocodiles reside in the dam at holes 5 & 7, 9 & 18. There is excellent tiger fishing in the dams around the Clubhouse. Each teeing area has a unique bronze statue of a leopard in various poses. These are the work of Dylan Lewis. The spectacular colonial style clubhouse sits behind the greens of 9 & 18 offering superb viewing for the Club members.

Fairways
Height of cut 12mm. Width of fairways 20-35 metres depending on the shape or type of hole. Fairways on Holes 13 and 18 have been narrowed even more for the tournament.

Grasses
Fairways - Kikuyu
Greens - Bent (Crenshaw variety)
Tees/Collars - Bermuda with Kikuyu surrounds, cut at 10mm
Rough - Kikuyu

Rough
Semi-rough cut at 25mm
Intermediate band at 45mm
Rough at 70mm

Greens
Height of cut 3.0/3.1mm. Current stimpmeter reading 10.5. Collars to the greens are cut at 6mm.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T1SCHWARTZEL, CharlRSA18-7
T1CHEETHAM, NeilENG18-7
T3ABERY, WarrenRSA18-6
T3ELS, ErnieRSA18-6
T3WHITELEY, OliverENG18-6
T6FROST, DavidRSA18-5
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