In the shadow of the mighty 1 Military Hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte, Pretoria, lies the Services Golf Club. For this golfer, the sight of this massive building brought back all kinds of memories of a time past, but best forgotten.
This golf course is run with military precision. The starter controls both the first and tenth tee’s from a central “rondavel” with a PA system installed. He will call your name when it’s your tee time, and you just know that it’s not a good idea to disobey him in any way. Do not try to engage him in any conversation. He is there to make sure that you are present and accounted for, and that you get off the tee box on time. I’m sure that he was my sergeant major at one time. He looks familiar. Older, but familiar.
The course is an absolute joy to play. It is in great condition throughout and as a result encourages one to take risks that maybe one shouldn’t. It lull’s one into a sense of ease, and then turns around and bites you just when you need those points the most! It’s a fickle course and one that demands respect. A bit like the sergeant major at the start.
Don’t be slow on this course. The marshals will hurry you along and when I say “hurry”, I mean hurry. These guys do not stand for any arguments at all. You play at their pace or you don’t play!
I found the facilities, from the pro shop, through the halfway house, to the pub, to be of excellent quality. Typical of a military style of operation
I loved everything about Services Golf Club. Its military precision fitted with my OCD perfectly (everything must be just so and on time). I found the course challenging yet forgiving and all in all had a great time.