Pecanwood Golf & Country Club – Hartbeespoort Dam


As Africa’s first ever Jack Nicklaus Signature course, Pecanwood holds a proud place in the continent’s golf collection. The estate, nestled on the southern banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountains, has established itself as one of South Africa’s premier golf destinations. (Rated number 10 by Golf Digest)

Pecanwood is a mere 40 minute drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria and 60 minutes from the famous Sun City Resort. It is also conveniently close to the Waterberg region with its many game reserves.

The layout of this course is first class. It is tough and challenging in itself and you will have to contend with the wind that usually picks up from the Dam in the afternoon. This is a course designed to test your skills to the full, and maybe far too tough for the weekend part-timer.

The Pecanwood Golf Course is long and exceptionally flat. The Crenshaw bent greens, a first in South Africa, are fast and true. The wide kikuyu grassed fairways make for forgiving scores, if you don’t reach one of the vast amount of bunkers – a characteristic of any Jack Nicklaus design. Water hazards come into play on 9 of the 18 holes, sided by large indigenous trees.

The signature thirteenth is particularly interesting and beautiful. You play around the lake to a green that juts out onto water surrounded by shrubs, bunkers and water.