I’m not sure if I was the last resort on my friends call list but I got an invitation to play at Randfontein Country Club last week. Not having played at Randfontein for a couple years due to previous bad experiences largely around very poor course conditions, I was quite excited to go try it out again for ‘old time’ sake.
Upon my arrival… nothing had visibly changed from my previous visit. The club house is still looking a bit run down, however I was greeted with a friendly smile and at least the pro shop was open again and more importantly they has some stock in there to sell.
As I make my way to the first tee I was approached by one of the committee members and during our conversation I was informed that the club had put a lot of effort in getting the greens back into shape and was assured the club is slowly getting back on track. Thinking to myself “yes-yes, I will be the judge of that” I made my way onto the course. To my pleasant surprize, walking onto the first green, it looked really good! Very surprised but still a bit sceptical, we carried on and green 2, 3, 4 to the 9th looked even better? After walking off the 9th green with only 14 putts and being 3 under par, I was very excited to see the back 9…
With an ice cold Castle Lite and a chicken burger down the hatch we marched off to the 10th and my amazement continued… The greens on the back was also in very ‘good nick’, the ball was rolling true, a little on the slower side for Gauteng greens at about 9 on the stimp meter (my accurate guess), but rolling pure and true , which in my mind is most important.
So after carving a few tee shots in to the trees and finding 5 greenside bunkers I finished with a level par round but much more important was the fact that I will be returning to Randfontein Country Club again in the near future J
So in summary:
· The club has put a lot of effort onto the greens and it shows. I was very impressed and cannot wait to get back to RCC for another game.
· The bunkers “all 5 x greenside bunkers that I found on the back 9”, had consistent sand in them.
· The fairways and tees do need some rain, but that is much needed by all courses in the Gauteng region at the moment.
If you played Randfontein in the last year or two and vowed never to come back… I would most certainly recommend to give them another go and support them again, you will see the huge difference in the condition and for one, I hope they make a comeback!
PS – on the back nine, my game wasn’t as impressive as the front nine – not the courses fault!!