The gold-mining town of Carletonville in western Gauteng is one of the richest gold-producing places on earth and the golf course at Goldfields West Golf Club lies around nine miles to the south east of the town in the Wonderfontein Valley.
The golf facility came about during the development of the mine in the late 1940s when the owners called in Bob Grimsdell – former Royal Johannesburg professional – to set out a course with Johnny van der Ness, a mining official, as a recreational pursuit for the workforce.
Holes are routed around a nature reserve and fairways are generally wide and open with water only coming into play between the par four holes at the 3rd and 7th. Two of the one-shotters on the card are found here; the green for the long 4th sits behind a stream whilst the 162-yard 6th sports a large protective dam in front of the putting surface.On the back nine, a couple of holes take the eye. The 14th is a medium length par four that doglegs left to a green guarded on the left by a large bunker and the 469-yard closing hole is a tough uphill par four that also doglegs left to a green with a large sand trap to the left of the putting surface.
Played Goldfields West today, for the first time.
On arrival, I found that the Course is not marked all that great, there are only a few signs here and there to indicate where to go, The course it selfs play really well and offer a challenge, but a good challenge, to make you think.
The greens are in a bad state with lots of patches, and on 2 holes there are temporary greens, this is because of some upgrades being made to the course.
I will definitely be back to play it again.