Mashie Golf at CCJ
Short course provides fun for all
Country Club Johannesburg, which already has two 18hole courses, has added a new golfing dimension for its members with the recent opening of the 9-hole “Mashie Course.”
Built by Golf Data on a hillside adjoining the 18th hole of the Woodmead layout, a short walk from the clubhouse, the Mashie is a fun experience which will appeal to all age groups because of its easy playability. With holes varying in distance between 70 and 130 metres (the tees are generously large and include mats), it can be completed in 40 minutes by a threeball, carrying no more than a few wedges and a putter. While the distances are short, the greens, mostly on the small side, provide some chipping and putting challenges with their slopes. Cynodon grass was planted on the greens, for sustainability.
Members can use it as a warmup before teeing off for a full round, to hone their short games, or those who haven’t had enough golf could wind down on the Mashie after a round. It’s a perfect place to settle any golfing bets which have perhaps been tied after 18 holes.
Importantly, though, the Mashie Course will be of great value to families, through introducing young kids to the game and interacting with their parents or grandparents over 9 holes of a course where everyone can hit the greens in regulation. Beginners will also benefit.T here are no water hazards to worry about, just bunkers and rough. And there will be the added delight of making aces now and again. Sadly, very few of these compact quick-toplay facilities exist at South African golf clubs*, even at resorts or estates. That’s either because the properties were cramped for space or extras such as these weren’t seen as a priority. But the Mashie experience is what golf needs more of right now to further grow the game. * San Lameer on the KZN South Coast has a Mashie Course, and Riviera Golf Club on the Vaal River, among Top 100 clubs, plus Langebaan Country Estate on the West Coast. Huddle Park in Johannesburg has a Par 3 course. Do you know of a Mashie Course you can tell us about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mashie Course at CCJ. In the foreground are the sixth (right) and seventh holes.