For over a hundred years now, the Country Club Johannesburg has provided a wide range of sporting activities for its members at Auckland Park and Woodmead, its two recreation complexes. Auckland Park focuses on cricket, bowls and racquet sports whilst golf is the main sport at Woodmead where the club is the proud owner of two magnificent 18-hole courses.
The Rocklands layout is the newer of the two courses and its more open fairways are the perfect foil to the tougher, tighter Woodmead track. In the early 1990s, Martin Hawtree added nine new holes to the former 9-hole Woodlands course his father had designed for the club almost twenty years previously, creating the Rocklands layout. Golf Data has since upgraded both 18-hole courses, introducing USGA-specification greens.
On the Rocklands layout, many cite the two water-protected holes at 5 and 7 – the former a right doglegged par four, the latter a treacherous par five – as the most memorable on the front nine. On the inward half, tee shots at the short 15th and 17th must carry water all the way to the green – even if golf balls remain dry, they must also avoid some well-placed sand traps surrounding the putting surfaces.