Founded in the early 1950â€™s, designed by itâ€™s members and built under the guidance of Morry Nestadt, Benoni Lake Golf Club is a fine example of a classic Gauteng Parkland golf course. Robbie Marshall and GolfData redid the greens in the late 1980â€™s, when several new bunkers were built. A public road separates the two nines; the front has no water hazards while Middle Lake of the Benoni Lakes features strongly on the back nine.
The par-four 6th is the stroke one and is a straight, narrow hole, exceptionally well bunkered both in the fairway and around the green. At 434 metres, length and accuracy are demanded to make par on this tough hole.
The feature holes are definitely the finishing four, three of which are played along the lake. The 15th, at 526 metres is a long and demanding par five, requiring big shots to reach the green in two. It is fairly straightforward when played as a three shotter and is an excellent birdie chance for average golfers. The 16th is a magnificent par-three. Fairly long at 179 metres off the club tees, it requires an accurate shot over the side of the lake to the green. A three here is always a good score. The par-four 17th is the toughest on the back nine. Fairly long, it doglegs around the lake on the left, requiring an accurate tee shot if you want an easier shot into the green. The 18th is a good closing hole. Not particularly long, the green is vigilantly guarded on the left by a small water hazard is the final resting place for many golf balls. Negotiate this successfully and the enormous bar in the clubhouse awaits with a view over the 18th and those coming up behind.
The major defences of Benoni Lake are the variety of mature trees lining the fairways. Many of the holes dogleg at least slightly, putting a premium on accuracy off the tees. While there are not many bunkers, they are all well positioned and create just enough of a hazard to be fair, punishing only misdirected shots both off the tees and around the greens.
Well-maintained by Top-Turf, the course is in year-round excellent condition with the permanent Bent greens being among the finest in Gauteng. PGA professional Rob van Velzen runs a well-stocked pro shop and is on hand to give lessons. Visitors are welcome at Benoni Lake, particularly during the week, when the club offers discounted greenfees.