History of Eagle Canyon Golf Links

Located in Honeydew North Western Johannesburg, in view of the 350 million year old Magaliesberg mountains, home to over 100 species of birds, on the threshold of the Cradle of Humankind and its game viewing cycle routes, in the heart of Mzilikazi’s old kingdom, gateway for trekkers and hunters of old, the crocodile ramble and its host of leisure activities from art to brew-houses, yet surrounded by world class schools, a hospital, shopping centres, office and light industrial work parks and every possible amenity including the Dome- home of international singing acts and exhibitions-on the doorstep of the next expansion phase of the Gautrain, Eagle Canyon Golf Estate is a green oasis of secure and joyful freedom and tranquillity, a daily and week-end retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday Johannesburg City Life.

Once a disused quarry, then a multi-billion rand residential and golf development with mixed use housing from entry level apartments to multi-million rand mansions, Eagle Canyon has transformed into a jewel in the crown of South Africa’s most successful suburban living environments, and, given its breadth of functionality, can rightly claim to be one of the leading urban living concepts of its kind in the world. It is a place where open spaces outweigh developed areas, where moms and dads can take evening strolls, have a round of golf with the teens or go for a run, newly- weds can take romantic strolls across rolling green landscapes, children can ride their bikes or walk to a friend’s house and revel in Halloween “trick and treating”, whilst dad can even take the boys fly- fishing at one of the countless lakes and dams on the estate. No wonder that Eagle Canyon has consistently performed as a top 10 South African suburban investment destination for the last 10 years. It is a place where luxury and entry level student cars live comfortably side by side.

Wending its way through the estate-At first “Out” then “Home”- and central to the lebensraum, run the Canyon and Dales of the EAGLE CANYON GOLF LINKS, a distinctive and unique Links Golf experience amongst the parkland courses of north western Johannesburg. Historically coastal, Links courses are typically more open, have fewer trees, follow the natural contours and slopes of the land, and incorporate the natural grasses, reeds and water of the environment. Fairways & greens tend to be a little harder, undulating, and exhibit more roll whilst the fairways are a little narrower with more naturally grassed rough and blind shots a common feature. Whilst Links courses tend to play shorter as is the case in Scotland or Ireland, they require sound course management and shot making for maximum enjoyment.

If you wish to simulate a European Links experience, and crave a respite from the sound of balls clattering into trees, and, even if you are planning a trip to the home of golf and wish to get a feel for it, or would simply wish to experience the joy of hitting “Up-The-Middle”, driving across “Sleeper Bay”, minding “The Esses”, negotiating “No Mercy”, avoiding “The Duck Tanks”, skirting “Devils Tooth”, rounding The “Saddle Back”, appreciating the view from “Look-out” and climbing “Kilimanjaro”, to head for “Home”, then come and join us for a round and a beer after, you will be so glad you did.

Naming of the Holes

The Eagle Canyon Golf Links description signals yet another phase of progress, with a vision to create a distinctive Canyon Golf Links experience in the North West suburbs of Johannesburg, to the benefit of all stakeholders namely golfers, residents, investors, business suppliers, the surrounding community, media and the environment, out of what used to be an abandoned quarry.

Links golf courses are typically more open, have fewer trees, and in their stead incorporate environmentally natural occurring contours, slopes, water, grasses and reeds in an aesthetically pleasing and integrated design. An exercise to re-name the course with a Canyon Links theme, along with its holes and unique distinguishing features has taken place. With your participation, we have defined the character of our course and our pride in its tradition for years to come.

Hole 1 - "Out"

A tricky opening hole with the fairway sloping right to left.

A fade into this fairway will help the ball hold up. A fairway wood or rescue wood might be the safest option off the tee, as out of bounds lurks to the right and water left.

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Hole 2 - "Eagle Creek"

A straight forward par 5, but accuracy off the tee is at a premium. After a good tee shot, the green could be in range, which allows for a good birdie opportunity.

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Hole 3 - "Kimberley"

Club selection off the tee is crucial, as the fairway slopes into a dam. Once again a fairway wood or rescue wood might be the best option off the tee, which should leave you a mid iron carry over the water.

The hole is protected by out-of-bounds left and water right.

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Hole 4 - "No Mercy"

A short hole with a carry over water to a narrow green.

Club selection is crucial, as short will land you in the water and long will leave you a downhill chip back towards the water.

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Hole 5 - "Esses"

A drainage sloot runs through the middle of the fairway so check club selection off the tee.

Mark sure your approach shots is left of the reeds protecting the green.

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Hole 6 - "Blind"

A semi-blind tee shot over a hill. A 230m tee shot just left off the cart path will place you in a perfect position. Shorter hitters must keep left of the cart path.

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Hole 7 - "Mineshaft"

Hole 7 is also restricted by the topography of the land. The longer hitter will aim over the left hand bunker, while the shorter hitter should aim at the directional marker. Out-of bounds runs down the left of the hole.

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Hole 8 - "Road Hole"

A simple par 3 with water protecting the right of the green and bunkers protecting the left.

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Hole 9 - "Keep it Straight"

A very narrow driving hole with out-of-bounds right and left.

A long iron or rescue wood may be required off the tee to gain position.

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Hole 10 - "Mind the Middle"

Your choice, left or right. The right hand fairway might allow for a better view of the green.

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Hole 11 - "High"

A beautiful, downhill par 3 with club selection vital due to the elevation change and the swirling winds. Depending on the wind direction you can use anything from a pitching wedge to a 4 iron.

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Hole 12 - "Lay Up"

After a successful tee shot, the golfer must negotiate a green protected by water front and right. This is a very demanding hole, shorter hitters should consider laying up short of the green.

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Hole 13 - "Coot Corner"

The ideal tee shot is just short of the fairway bunker. This will leave you with a short iron to the green. Water protects the left and right hand sides of the fairway. With your approach shot make sure you’re on the correct side of the green, as this green has a large camels-back in the middle of it.

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Hole 14 - "Bunker Ho"

This is a fairly short par 5, which allows for a birdie opportunity.

The fairway is protected on the left by trees and by long grass and water on the right.

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Hole 15 - "Down the Stretch"

Once again make sure your club selection is correct off the tee as a dam protects the front and right of the green.

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Hole 16 - "Short 'n Sweet"

A short but narrow par 4. A long iron or rescue wood may be your best option off the tee to avoid the water long and right. For the longer hitter, this might be an opportunity to have a go at reaching the green in one, but beware the dangers all around.

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Hole 17 - "Lookout"

Another downhill par 3 with a very long green. Make sure your club selection is correct and you should have a good birdie opportunity.

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Hole 18 - "Home"

A good closing hole, which requires an accurate tee shot just right of the bunker, which will allow you to attack a well guarded green. If you attack the green in two, beware the koppie on the right and deep ravine left.

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