THE COURSE

The course is approximately 6450 meters long, and has a rating of 72. With the large amount of Camelthorn trees on the course, it makes for a spectacular view and game. The player is always amazed at our lush forest within the Kalahari desert.

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18 Hole Golf Course

Being situated off the beaten track, the course is blissfully un-congested and visitors are always assured of getting a game here.

Course Layout

Course Information
Designed by : Robert “ Bob “ Grimsdell
Par Stroke : 72
Number of holes : 18
Length : YELLOW : 6657 m
WHITE : 6346 m
BLUE : 5714 m
RED : 5315 m
Type of design : Parklands golf course
Type of grass : Tee boxes - Cynodon ( Cynodon dactylon )
Fairways - Cynodon ( Cynodon dactylon )
Greens - Bend mix of Penn A1-A4 bentgrass and Benal grass ( foxtail millet , Setaria italica , or Panicum italicum )
NB : The course is gently undulating terrain and is easy to walk.

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The par 72, 18-hole championship golf course has been rated among the top 30 courses in the country. It is not surprising when you see the picturesque fairways curving away between the majestic camel thorn trees, many of which are centuries old. Sishen golf course is a parkland design golf course.

The course is well bunkered, absolutely laden with the stunning Camel Thorn trees and even manages to bring water into play on three of the holes. Sishen enjoys magnificent views of the surrounding areas and due to its location an uncongested course. Nine times out of ten visitors can show up and get a game. Sishen was the final work of the late Bob Grimsdell, and the club has paid homage to his name by running an excellent facility.

The course, in an area that battles with water, is regarded with affection by many of the professionals golfers in South Africa and various rating bodies and is truly one of the hidden golfing gems in Southern Africa.

The fairway and tee boxes at Sishen Golf Club is Cynodon ( Cynodon dactylon ) and the newly seeded greens is a bend mix of Penn A1-A4 bentgrass and Benal grass ( foxtail millet , Setaria italica , or Panicum italicum ) The course is approxamity 6657 metres long from the yellow tee’s. There is 4 tee’s on every hole ; yellow , white , blue and red. The blue and red tee’s is mainly for the ladies.

The course is gently undulating terrain and is easy to walk.

Hole 1

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 15

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 15

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 357 m

WHITE    : 343 m

BLUE       : 315 m

RED         : 270 m

A solid drive down the right of the fairway leaves one with a short iron onto a green sloping from back to front. Two careful putts and one should make par.

Hole 2

PAR 5

STROKE ( MEN )     : 11

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 1

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 489 m

WHITE    : 485 m

BLUE       : 471 m

RED         : 411 m

A dead straight fairway flanked by an out-of-bounds fence on the left. Longer hitters, after carefully negotiating the fairway bunkers, should be left with a long iron onto a very thick green surrounded by bunkers.

Hole 3

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 1

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 9

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 402 m

WHITE    : 384 m

BLUE       : 361 m

RED         : 306 m

Stroke 1 for members, invariably facing into a stiff breeze from tee. The approach shot to the green is also made tricky by the slope toward the out-of-bounds on the left of the green.

Hole 4

PAR 3

STROKE ( MEN )     : 9

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 13

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 192 m

WHITE    : 192 m

BLUE       : 169 m

RED         : 160 m

When the tee is set back, a camelthorn tree blocks the front of the tee, often forcing the less experienced player to push his tee shot into the desert-type rough on the right.

Hole 5

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 5

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 7

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 397 m

WHITE    : 393 m

BLUE       : 329 m

RED         : 320 m

Seasoned players drive down the right, leaving a medium iron shot to a large green protected by a bunker on the right and the “valley of sin” to the left and front of the green.

Hole 6

PAR 5

STROKE ( MEN )     : 13

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 1

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 485 m

WHITE    : 466 m

BLUE       : 443 m

RED         : 434 m

Probably the most difficult of the par 5s, a good drive to the fairway will leave the lower handicapper on top of the rise with a difficult decision, one that could either result in the ball plopping down on the green to leave him with an eagle putt, or a decision that could introduce him to the cool, clear waters of the dam.

Hole 7

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 3

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 5

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 398 m

WHITE    : 379 m

BLUE       : 370 m

RED         : 306 m

This par 4 is an extremely difficult hole. A narrow green surrounded by huge camelthorns requires an accurate approach, as a veritable forest of trees encroaches the green from the left and right.

Hole 8

PAR 3

STROKE ( MEN )     : 17

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 17

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 160 m

WHITE    : 146 m

BLUE       : 133 m

RED         : 133 m

An elevated tee presents a misleadingly easy shot to the green. 3 strategically placed bunkers protect this tricky green, and many a player has walked off shaking his head at a missed opportunity to improve his score.

Hole 9

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 7

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 3

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 384 m

WHITE    : 375 m

BLUE       : 338 m

RED         : 325 m

A drive down the left of the fairway leaves a fairly easy eight or nine iron onto the green, albeit flirting with water. The dam always remains in play on this hole.

Hole 10

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 12

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 8

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 370 m

WHITE    : 343 m

BLUE       : 330 m

RED         : 325 m

The drive has to find the fairway right of centre, as a stray shot to the left or right will leave the player severely punished. The elevated green is well protected by bunkers and trees and has some tricky slopes.

Hole 11

PAR 5

STROKE ( MEN )     : 10

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 10

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 525 m

WHITE    : 520 m

BLUE       : 425 m

RED         : 420 m

This hole doglegs to the left and players of all calibres are left with a tempting line over the corner for the second. Spectacular camelthorn trees, strategically placed, demand an accurate approach to the green. The players finds him or herself on a surface sloping severely from back to front, and downhill putts are to be avoided at all costs.

Hole 12

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 4

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 2

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 448 m

WHITE    : 420 m

BLUE       : 357 m

RED         : 347 m

The longest of the par4s, this hole regularly proves the most difficult during competitions and needs a careful drive. The elevated green is flanked by two often-visited bunkers.

Hole 13

PAR 3

STROKE ( MEN )     : 8

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 12

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 205 m

WHITE    : 200 m

BLUE       : 178 m

RED         : 146 m

The longest of the par 3s, requires an accurate tee shot as no margin for error is tolerated to the left and right of the green, where dense stands of trees rise up from the surrounding desert vegetation. This elevated green slopes severely from back to front.

Hole 14

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 14

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 14

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 324 m

WHITE    : 324 m

BLUE       : 297 m

RED         : 279 m

The most difficult part is keeping your drive under the trees overhanging the tee box. The average drive down the hill, remembering to keep well left on the fairway, will leave the player with a short iron to the green, which is protected by traps to the front and right.

Hole 15

PAR 5

STROKE ( MEN )     : 16

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 16

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 466 m

WHITE    : 466 m

BLUE       : 439 m

RED         : 384 m

Probably the easiest of the par 5s, this is the only hole on the course that has produced an albatross. Most low-handicap players will drive the dogleg and leave themselves an easy longish iron shot onto the green. This green surrounded by bunkers, also has many subtle undulations.

Hole 16

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 2

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 4

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 402 m

WHITE    : 384 m

BLUE       : 311 m

RED         : 311 m

This is a stroke 2. After negotiating the odd tree to the left of the driving area the fairway narrows and is well protected, which severely punishes a poorly executed second shot. The small green can also present a problem.

Hole 17

PAR 3

STROKE ( MEN )     : 18

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 18

DISTANCES

The easiest hole on the course requires that one does not veer off to the left where you will be stranded in the ‘mad house’ preventing any chip shot to the green, Your only option here would be to play a low rolling shot onto the green, hopefully missing the sandtrap.

Hole 18

PAR 4

STROKE ( MEN )     : 6

STROKE ( LADIES ) : 6

DISTANCES

YELLOW : 384 m

WHITE    : 366 m

BLUE       : 306 m

RED         : 301 m

This beautiful finishing hole negotiates the water for the third time and has provided many a thrilling finish. A good drive down the middle will leave the lower handicapper with a medium to short-iron second shot, while the average golfer will have an agonizing choice to get past the water.

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