Mashie Golf at CCJ

Short course pro­vides fun for all

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life Courses - BY STU­ART MCLEAN

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 stu­art.mclean@new­me­di­a­

The Mashie Course at CCJ. In the fore­ground are the sixth (right) and sev­enth holes.

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