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Bushwillow Course

A picturesque, immaculately-conditioned, tree-lined course

Par-72 – 6330m (men’s club tees)

This very picturesque, immaculately-conditioned, tree-lined course is a pleasure to play and, as one Randpark member observed, even if you’re not on your game it is a very pleasant walk! It is shorter than neighbouring Firethorn but because of the abundance of trees lining the fairways, there are some tight holes as well as some extremely challenging ones. There is a wide variety of holes and no two holes are remotely alike.

No 1, par-5, 474m: Trees and bunkers left and right may catch the wayward drive but hit one up the middle and you’ve set yourself up nicely for a par on this fine, fairly forgiving opening hole. A huge rock on the right near the green must be skirted though. The big hitters can turn this hole into a two-shotter, especially since the entrance to the green slopes steeply downward.

No 2, par-4, 376m: A demanding dog-leg right, three nasty fairway bunkers all in a row will gobble up anything hit slightly right. So left of the fairway is the ideal spot to land the tee shot. The green slopes sharply down from left to right and stopping a super-quick downhill putt is a real test. Make par here and give yourself a pat on the back.

No 3, par-5, 448m. Easy on the eye but not on the wayward shot.

Towering trees on the right and a fairway bunker left make for an exacting drive. The approach to the green, whether it’s your second or third, is fraught with danger as a pond lurks uncomfortably close on the right and a strategically placed bunker on the left about 50m short of the green draws golf balls like a magnet. This is a classic risk and reward hole and if your gamble pays off you might make a birdie, but if it doesn’t you might get wet and you’re looking at a bogey six followed by, oops, was that a nasty word? Regulars at Randpark will agree that No 1 and No 3 on Bushwillow are two of the most enjoyable par-5s you’re likely to come across.

No 4, par-4, 386m: Unless your drive is a particularly long one, tall trees on the left of this dog-leg will block your approach to the green even if you’re on the fairway but left of centre. There’s also a large fairway bunker on the right, so the key here is threading your drive carefully past the trouble.

No 5, par-4, 302m: Too few courses have fun-to-play short par-4s and this gentle dog-leg right is definitely one and is an absolute delight. There is a stream lurking dangerously on the right but this hole invites you to hammer a drive down the left leaving a short second, although the branches of a big tree almost overhang the left side of the green and must be avoided. It’s a 10/10 knockout little hole.

No 6, par-3, 156m: A pretty hole with the green protected by a bunker short left and another over the back of the putting surface. One way to play this hole is to aim the tee shot just right of the green and watch your golf ball roll down off  the slope and feed towards the heart of the green, as you shout “get close!” or, better still, “get in the hole!” You never know, it might happen.

No 7, par-4, 360m: A right-to-left dogleg with tall, thin trees on the left blocking the approach to the green even if you’re on the fairway, but a bit too far left. A drive to the right, even in the semi-rough, opens up the hole which slopes downhill for about 250m and then uphill to the green.

No 8, par-3, 162m: It’s a compulsory 120m carry over water (pretend it’s not there if you’re anxious) to a big green protected by sand traps short left and back right.

No 9, par-4, 388m: The driving range and out-of-bounds lurk on the left and the best strategy here is to aim at the right fairway bunker and hit a little draw. Like many Randpark Club holes, the green is protected by bunkers left and right. It’s quite a robust par-4 and you’re halfway through the round after playing nine quite splendid holes. It’s also the easier of Bushwillow’s loops, and sterner challenges await once you’re done with the welcoming halfway house.

No 10, par-4, 426m: Okay, the young “Gorillas” might not find this hole, which was once a par-5, long, but the majority of club golfers will struggle to reach the green in two, especially since it’s slightly uphill. The green is an enormous one with an exaggerated left to right slope, so ultra-long putts with big breaks are not uncommon.

Par here is a great score and five is not bad either!

No 11, par-4, 366m: Accuracy of the tee is paramount to avoid trees and a bunker right, and a trap on the left. A pin on the front of the green is difficult to get to as there’s a little uphill slope just short of the putting surface and you can easily get “stuck” in the kikuyu there if you’re trying to be too cute in a bid to cosy up your approach close to the flagstick.

No 12, par-5, 496m: Cool nerves are needed at this demanding par-5.

Again, trees left and right must be avoided and a badly hooked shot could land up in the stream that runs parallel to the hole. Find the green with three good strikes and you can allow yourself a little smile, provided the pin isn’t on the extreme right and you’re on the extreme left (or vice-versa) as then you’re in possible “three-whack” territory as the putt is a particularly long one.

No 13, par-3, 182m: Leafy Bushwillow’s back nine isn’t getting any easier. The tee shot here must be precisely hit as bunkers left and right make for a seriously narrow entrance to the green. So par is hard-won and if you make birdie, well, you’d be completely justified in allowing yourself a Gary Player-style fist pump. Oh yeah!

No 14, par-4, 396m: And as far as difficulty goes, there’s little let-up here. For most Average Joe golfers this is a fairly long hole requiring two solid shots in order to get up in two. The sloping green is surrounded by three bunkers, one just short and left – an evil little trap which devours golf balls.

No 15, par-3, 154m: A brief respite? Possibly, but don’t go left because that’s where the stream is. And a bunker short right will most likely catch a tee-shot hit with a push or weak fade.

No 16, par-4, 378m: A great championship hole, stroke 1 on the card with plenty of trouble abounding. The ideal is usually a sweetly hit draw as the hole curves from right to left. But the stream runs the entire length of the hole on the left so pulled or hooked shots are a big no-no. There are also huge, mature trees on the right as you get nearer to the green. If you’re on the right of the hole you may need to hit a towering approach over the high tree-tops, or a low punch-like shot under the branches. Both are not easy.

No 17, par-5, 496m: Intimidating, daunting, unnerving, treacherous.

Pick your adjective, they all work. The drive is tight because of tall trees on the left and a bunker right. The second – for most of us – is a long shot down the fairway short of the lake that fronts the green.

Then the old saying “Be afraid, be very afraid” applies to – again – the majority of us mortals. The approach over the water is extremely exacting as the green is relatively narrow back to front and therefore a small target, with a bunker left and trouble (that ever-present stream) over the back of the putting surface. You have to get your distance just right, then trust yourself, be confident, execute and hope for the best. Getting up in two here is reserved for the Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroys of the golf world.

No 18, par-4, 384m: This testing nine ends with another tricky dog-leg hole, made so by trees too close for comfort on the left (all you can basically do is chip out sideways) and a fairway bunker right in your eye as you stand on the tee. The second half of the hole, though, slopes gently and invitingly downhill with the green in full view. Get the shot just right, find the heart of the green and hole for a brilliant birdie. Easy game! And the welcoming 19th hole awaits!


Aerial Course Overview

Bushwillow course layout

Bushwillow Course Handicap Conversion Table

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Bushwillow Score Card

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2023 Bushwillow Scorecard (August 2023)

Golf Terms & Conditions

1. The Club reserves the right to impose a cancellation fee of up to R250 for any tee-times booked in peak times (as determined by the club) which are cancelled within 24 hours regardless of whether that actual member made the booking and /or cancellation.

2. The Club reserves the right to impose a no-show fee of up to R500 for any tee-times booked in peak times (as determined by the club) where the member failed to show up regardless of whether that actual member made the booking and /or cancellation.

3. Golf specific disclaimer: When entering the Club’s premises, the member is fully aware and understands the risk and hazards inherent to the golf environment which includes but is not limited to the risk of being struck by flying golf balls and lightning strikes. In the case of the latter, the member further acknowledges that the shelters provided on the golf course are rain shelters only and are not lightning proof and the club accepts no responsibility in respect of death or injury of persons or destruction or damage to property as a result of any lightning strike whether it occurs at or near a rain shelter or at any other place. All persons using any such rain shelters or any other shelter on the property do so entirely at their own risk. It is to be noted that whilst the Club makes use of an automated lightning detection system, the Club makes no warranties and accepts no responsibility with respect to either the reliability or accuracy of the equipment. It is further noted that a member always has the right to stop play if he/she deems any condition, including lightning, to be a danger to his or her personal safety.

4. A member is not entitled to a refund of golf fees in the event a competition or round is cancelled due to weather.

5. The notional base number of rounds for a CLUB10 and CLUB20 playing cards is 10 & 20 respectively regardless of any reference to an unlimited playing card. When these golf round thresholds have been completed the cost of the playing cards has been consumed. The rounds cannot be carried over to the following financial year, and thus lapse on 31 March.

6. Unlimited golf is subject to booking restrictions as per the specific membership category. The rounds cannot be carried over to the following financial year, and thus lapse on 31 March.

7. Graduates may book for a Sunday PM two weeks in advance via the booking ladies and 11 days in advance on the online platform. Bookings for the weekend will open on a Thursday (2 days before) at 06:00 am. We will introduce a graduate booking sheet which will allow graduates to add their names for a slot which the booking ladies will fill closer to the weekend. Saturday morning games will be charged at R500.00 – all other periods include the Unlimited ticket.

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1. Upon the club receiving this application form, signed terms and conditions, letter of good standing from previous club and credit check approval, an invoice will be sent and membership will only become active upon full upfront payment of all applicable fees and/or signature of a debit order arrangement and payment of first instalment. If a debit order arrangement is signed, the first instalment of membership is payable via EFT, there after the debit order arrangement will take effect.

2. Membership at Randpark is subject to approval by committee. A probation period of 3 months will apply to all new applicants. In this time Randpark reserves the right to refund unsuccessful applicants.

3. Family Membership is subject to membership of principal member.

4. Club membership would without interruption continue year on year but is subject to the payment of an annual fee as determined by the club.

5. The membership may be terminated by the member giving the club twenty business days’ notice in writing of his/her intention to do so.

6. The Club reserves the right to impose a 10% cancellation fee on a member who elects to cancel his/her membership during a financial year; however, no cancellation fee will be charged if a member gives notice not to renew his/her membership at the end of the club’s financial year.

7. There is a 3 month "cool off" period applicable if a member elects to cancel his/her membership. If a member reinstates his membership within this period the Club reserves the right to charge an entrance fee.

8. The Club may cancel a member’s membership if the member is in material breach of his/her obligation to pay annual subscription fees and the Club has given the member twenty business days’ notice in writing to remedy this breach and the member fails to do so.

9. The Club may suspend a member that is in default on his membership fees paid on debit order if that debit order is not successful. The Club will inform the member of this and the member has 3 business days to rectify his/her account. If the 3 business days lapse without any payment of outstanding amount the club reserves the right to suspend the member.  Membership will only be reinstated upon receipt of amount in arrears. If a member has 3 consecutive failed debit orders without arrears being paid up, the Club may cancel his/her membership given twenty business days' notice in writing to remedy this breach and the member fails to do so. When a member is suspended he is not deemed to be a member.

10. Any levies e.g. Capital Development Fund or special fees payable on an annual basis or as lump sum for a period are non-refundable and not related to usage of the Club.

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13. It is understood by the member that it is necessary for the Club to communicate with its membership from time to time and that by signing these terms and conditions a member gives the club his/her express permission for the Club to communicate with him /her via any means of Club communication unless he/she has informed the Club in writing that they do not wish to receive such or all communication. As mentioned in Section 69 of the POPI Act.

14. By signature hereto, the member expressly acknowledges he has read, and understands, the following disclaimers from the Club Constitution and the Club Bye-Laws.

15. General disclaimer: Randpark Club does not accept liability or responsibility whatsoever in respect of death or injury of person or destroying or damage to property or loss of any nature, whether arising from negligence or any other cause including lightning, which is suffered by any member or any person who enters the club premises and/or uses the golf course or any other amenities or facilities provided. Members and other users of the Club facilities use the facilities at their own risk and are advised to insure themselves for loss and injuries they may suffer and for claims against themselves.

16. A member is not entitled to a refund of golf fees in the event a competition or round is cancelled due to weather.

17. Vouchers which may be given to a member upon joining are given on a complimentary basis and do not form part of the subscription.