Centurion, once a sleepy southern suburb of Pretoria, underwent tremendous growth in the early 1990s with many businesses relocating to the area and property development extending the town boundaries.
As part of that boom, Centurion Country Club was formed with Peter Matkovich designing an 18-hole course that opened in 1997. The architect has also been responsible for remodeling a number of the holes since then and this upgrading work has involved the removal of waste bunkers on four of the five holes between the 10th and 14th, replacing those areas with sand bunkers and grass mounding.
A large man-made lake is the centerpiece of the landscaping at Centurion and the clubhouse and four closing holes are all laid out around it to create a tough finish to the round. Five other holes are laid out on flat ground through which the Hennops River runs so there is plenty to concentrate the mind when playing here!
Centurion is one of the courses that deserves to be played twice. Water is part of the features that make the course exciting to play. All in all the golf course has 10 holes where the Hennops River and Lakes come into play. But if you know your game and don’t take too high risks, relative to your skills, you can get around in a decent score. Here course management is the key.
Hole 17 and 18 are great final holes. The 17th is a par 3 with an island green. From the middle tee there is only about 140m to the center of the green. With a good shot you can make a birdie. A not so good shot and you will be in the water and struggle for a boogie.
18 is a short par 4. You can go over the water to the fairway about 180-200m and have a realistic chance for a birdie. If long enough but not on the fairway you might end up in a huge waste areas between the lake and the fairway and have a tricky waste bunker shot to the green. Or, from the tee, you can go for the fairway on the left side of the lake and cross the lake with a shot about 120m to the pin and be sure of a par.
Even in spite of the water, we found the course fair and very enjoyable and a very good test of your golfing skills no matter what level of skills.
I was pleasantly surprised by Centurion. The course is in great condition, and has some really good holes (2 3 4 9 12 17 18). The island green 17th is very cliche, but worked really well, and is actually a really good par 3, with a really fun walkway over the water.
The clubhouse is lovely, so it's definitely worth playing if you're in Centurion