Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Must Play Courses -

This Gaut­eng golf es­tate es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion as an ex­cep­tion­ally good place to live be­fore its golf course fi­nally broke through into the Golf Di­gest Top 100 for the first time in 2016. The Hon­ey­dew es­tate has been a huge suc­cess from a res­i­den­tial and life­style as­pect.

The Douw van der Merwe de­sign has been sub­stan­tially im­proved, re­fined and worked upon since its open­ing in 2005, in­creas­ing its pop­u­lar­ity, and en­tered the rank­ings at No 100 last year. The holes flow through what used to be a sand quarry, and there are some ex­cit­ing el­e­va­tion changes on what is clearly a risk-and-re­ward type lay­out, with many wa­ter haz­ards com­ing into play. Part of the lay­out on the back nine en­ters a canyon area.

The Ea­gle Canyon club­house has re­cently un­der­gone an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the grow­ing de­mand from res­i­dents and golfers alike for im­proved fa­cil­i­ties. In­creased shade cov­er­age has al­lowed for more seat­ing out­side, and this has at­tracted more pa­trons. Ea­gle Canyon spe­cialises in conference pack­ages and func­tions, and ad­di­tional conference and meet­ing rooms have been built. Two new board­rooms have been well re­ceived by res­i­dents who use these for busi­ness pur­poses.

Ea­gle Canyon has ex­cel­lent prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties to com­ple­ment a strong so­cial golf de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, and to en­cour­age more home-own­ers to take up the game. Mem­o­rable hole: The 12th is a long 400-me­tre par 4 where wa­ter borders the en­tire left side of the hole. There’s also wa­ter right of the green. A par here feels like a birdie. Di­rec­tor of golf: Dave Christie. Golf days: Sara Bai­ley 011 801 6600

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