fairways & beyond

Over the course of 72 holes, the GolfRSA National Squad member fired 33 birdies and made an eagle, losing just one shot to the championship layout on his way to a remarkable 34-under-par 254 winning total. South African’s top juniors will get another go at making history when the Nomads North & South Championship tees off at Pecanwood at the end of August.

Situated on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounded by the Magaliesberg Mountains, the Jack Nicklaus signature course of the Pecanwood Golf and Country Club forms the centrepiece.

The first of several Nicklaus Signature designs in South Africa, Pecanwood opened for play in 1998 and has become one of the country’s premier golf estates.

Less than an hour from Pretoria, this parkland-style course is easily accessible, and with seven guesthouses and many other accommodation options on the estate there’s no need to rush back home after a round.

Developer Rodney Clare purchased almost 180 hectares of undeveloped farmland in 1993 with the main aim of transforming it into one of South Africa’s top golf estates. Golf Data began constructing the course in 1995 and took the challenge of transforming a flat piece of farmland head on, excavating over one-million cubic metres of earth.

Five lakes, 12 acres of bunkers and 6 000 indigenous trees were added to break up the wide fairways and large greens, with the end result being a challenging and impressive layout.

Golfers are greeted by generous kikuyu fairways, Crenshaw Bentgrass greens (the first to be planted in South Africa) with rounded edges and slopes, and carefully crafted water features. Due to the resilient nature of this grass, the greens can always be cut low and kept fast. The many, strategically placed bunkers are one of the signature features of the course and have been known to cause a headache or two for players.

But if you thought it ended with a five-star experience at the Pecanwood Golf and Country Club, think again.

In addition to all the golf facilities offered by world-class resorts including a driving range, pro shop and three practice greens, the Pecanwood Estate boasts a boat club, gym, sports fields and swimming pools – all housed within the estate’s top-level security environment – plus a shopping centre on its doorstep and direct access to Pecanwood College, which caters for students from grade 000 to matric.



The long, wide range is in front of the clubhouse, with tees at both ends.

Coaching hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays 8am to 5pm.
Book by appointment only.

Driving range hours:
06:30-17:00 (summer)

07:00-16:30 (winter)


45min lesson: R420

30min lesson: R350

10 × 45min lessons: R3 800
(10 × 45min lessons +
1 × 9-hole playing lesson for free)

5 × 45min: R2 100
(get 1 × 45min lesson free, total six lessons)

Four years old and younger:
R490 (4 × 30min sessions), group sessions only

Five years to 18 years old individual lessons: R850 (4 × 30min sessions)

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The signature hole is the impressive par-three 13th, which plays alongside the dam to a green guarded by bunkers on both sides. It is the only hole on the course that is on the edge of the dam. Golfers are advised to play conservatively and prioritise the short right side of the peninsula green, which slopes from back to front.

The man in charge at Pecanwood Golf and Country Club is Golf Director Daniel Gouws. Here is his take on the most popular holes on the championship layout. “I think all the holes are unique, but for me the best four consecutive holes on the course are from 10 to 13, with birdie chances on the first three holes. The 10th is a reachable par five, the 11th a short par four, then the 12th, our second signature hole, is a scoreable par five heading straight for the dam, and then of course, our signature par-three 13th. Most of our members can play those four holes well under their handicap, which makes the stretch enjoyable, while the really good golfers often capitalise with two eagles and a birdie in that stretch.

61 by Paul Shields from Scotland in the 2012 Gauteng North Open, where he played the front nine in 28.

Sunshine Tour pro Justin Walters was the first men’s club champion in 1999, South African heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders won the title in 2003 and in 2018, and in 2023 Jayden Jacobs (13) and GolfRSA National Squad member Megan Marais (14) became the two youngest club champions.

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Credit: Tyrone Winfield / Sunshine Tour / Pecanwood Golf and Country Club