This up market residential golf estate situated on the banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam some 40 minutes drive west of Sandton (Johannesburg), boasts the only Jack Nicklaus `signature` golf course in Africa. It is a young layout (opened in 1998), but the technology expertise and attention to detail that has gone into its construction means that its conditioning is unsurpassed in South Africa.
A tree planting programme means that the course will look different 15 year`s from now, for the moment it is high, wide, handsome and open. The layout bears the Nicklaus hallmarks of generously wide, collecting fairways (planted with kikuyu) and larger multi-featured greens complexes. It is difficult for a golfer to lose a ball at Pecanwood other than in a water hazard, of which there are several - but the course is abundantly and severely bunkered.
The putting surfaces are slick and demanding. Playing the big layout is an education in skilled course design, for one soon realizes that very precise positional play and lines of attack are required if pars and birdies are to be had.
In this regard the impressive bunkers can be a help, the sand traps having a `sighting` as well as a penal function. On several holes one as aware of the housing component, but the playing corridors are generous and the dwellings are visually interesting, strict architectural guidelines rendering them unusually uniform.
Broederstroom is on the Crocodile Ramble in an area of eco-tourism and nature based adventures.
Phaladingwe Nature Trail
Phaladingwe means "prettier than others" and this trail lives up to its name by offering beauty & interest for both hikers & nature lovers. A delightful 3-4 hour nature trail, (about 6,8 km and of average difficulty). Begins & ends at the historical Preller House Restaurant at Pelindaba.
Preller House Restaurant
"Gustav Preller Plaas Kombuis" (Farm Kitchen) for traditional boereplaas meals. A la Carte Menu is offered. Open daily 08.00 till late
Lesedi Cultural Village
Lesedi is a charming, authentic and earthy African experience in the heart of the bush, only 25 minutes from Pretoria or Johannesburg. A cultural village with exciting traditional dance display, craft market, pub, restaurant, function venue, conference centre and overnight accommodation in African theme guest suites. Open daily from 07.30 - 19.30
The club is located on the South Eastern side of Hartebeespoort Dam. Travel to Hartebeespoort Dam (from JHB take the N1 direction Roodepoort), turn off at William Nicol Road and turn right over the freeway. Travel past Monte casino and Dainfern Ridge and pass underneath the R28 highway (at Diepsloot), turn left (Hennops Rivier Road) on the R511 (at the big Sun City sign).
Pass over the dam wall to the 4-way stop. Turn left at the stop street and continue to the Sandton turn-off (R512). Turn left onto the R512, direction Sandton and pass over the Western side of the dam. Turn left at the T-junction. The club is located immediately on your left.
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