It was certainly with some trepidation that we drove to the golfing destination that we had chosen for the day. The temperature in Johannesburg’s Northern Suburbs was hovering around -2 degrees C and the weather forecast told us that it would remain a bitterly cold day. Boy were they ever wrong!
Pebble Rock sits on the north east corner of Roodeplaat dam which in turn is north east of Pretoria. It’s around and hour’s drive from Johannesburg. This is bushveld country folks. Serious bushveld country. But it is absolutely beautiful. The homes on this estate are built on huge stands and are set far apart, giving this golf course an air of spaciousness – if you’re a lover of wide open spaces, this is the place to play golf. Whichever direction you look in, you are looking into what I call, “God’s Infinity”. As far as you can see you are looking at the African bushveld in all its beauty.
On arrival at Pebble Rock we were greeted by an icy wind that had us shivering and reaching for really warm jackets. After a bracing hot coffee, we headed off to the first tee. Pebble Rock is a long course so unless you are very fit, take a cart. Especially as the cold wind quickly died and by 10 AM it was replaced with scorching heat. Not good weather for walking golf.
The course itself is challenging and if you have difficulty hitting straight, don’t try to power your shots. Play quietly and conservatively and the course will reward you with a good score. And while you’re out there admire the view. You will not find another like it this close to Johannesburg.
The halfway house is very nice, but we were disappointed that there is no restaurant to have lunch at. The disappointment was compounded by the fact that there is no real restaurant in the vicinity either. So if you’re planning to have a lunch, rather pack a picnic.