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Vaal de Gráce plays host to the first Nick Price signature golf course in South Africa, with fourteen holes in the North West Province and four in the Free State. The 18 hole layout is forgiving for the average player, but still challenging to the professional who wishes to maintain a good score.
One of the Estate’s main inspirations is Nick Price, the South African born Zimbabwean who has, among dozens of wins, bagged the Open Championship and the PGA Championship – the latter more than once. In the mid-nineties he was regarded as the best player in the world. Known as one of the kindest fellows in the gentlemen’s game, he has persisted to play a great game – and these days his knowledge of golf courses is put to first-class value as a designer. Over the last decade Nick has collaborated on the design of ten golf courses with Steve Smyers, Craig Schreiner, Tommy Fazio and Tom Fazio. He is now working on his own through his own company, Nick Price Golf Course Design, on projects such as this in the United States and other international sites. Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate is, however, his first time to design a course on a residential development. Nowhere is his expertise clearer visible than at Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate – the first full championship course designed by Nick Price in South Africa.
Vaal de Gráce Golf Couse Layout
|Position & Name||Played||Won||Lost||Game 1||Game 2||Final- 11 Oct 2015||TOTAL POINTS|
|3. West Orlando||2||0||2||5.50||5.50||11.00|
|May-15||Renaissance vs. WOGC||6.5||5.5|
|30/08/2015||Dinaledi Vs. Renaissance||7.5||4.5|
|13/9/2015||Dinaledi Vs. WOGC||6.5||5.5|
|2015/11/10||DIN vs||RENAI vs||WO|
Situated adjacent to the Vaal River, a mere 45 minute drive from bustling Johannesburg, it’s essentially a world apart from the industrialized hub of Vereeniging. Maccauvlei Golf Club was established in 1926. Maccauvlei hosted four South African Open Championships in the 1920’s to 1940’s.
As history shows us, no golf course is ever complete, and Maccauvlei golf course undertook a major reconstruction under the watchful eye of the renowned golf course architect, Peter Matkovich. His brief was to restore rather than rebuild, and to retain the links origins that built its reputation. The result is a course essentially parkland in style with link like characteristics. Although the front nine has several memorable holes, it is the closing holes on the back nine which are its piece de resistance. It has been said that the six-hole stretch from 13 onwards is as good and as lovely as anything that this golf-rich land of ours can offer ( Phillip Galgut, Compleat Golfer Nov 1997). One of the most famous holes on the course is the par-4 17th , with its giant bunker sloping up from the fairway towards the green, and in its day reputed to be the largest in the world.
Today Maccauvlei still holds its own in the top 50 courses in the country, and according to Golf Digest offers the best “play” value versus cost per round among these top courses. Golfers can enjoy their game in peaceful and natural setting of trees and various wildlife including a variety of birds.
The assessor from the course designer, Peter Matcovich’s office was confirmed to have been there 2 weeks ago and gave the club an excellent report after construction of major water supply pipeline.
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Address: Old Sasolburg Rd, Viljoensdrift, Vereeniging, 1930, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS Coordinates: S26 40 56 E27 56 33