The Steyn City Golf Course is an 18-hole championship Nicklaus Design.
Construction started February 2009.
It is a par 72 over 7 000 metres from the championship tees. All the greens are built to USGA specification.
The course is looped, with holes nine and eighteen finishing at the clubhouse, making for a spacious and elegant halfway house. It features 73 bunkers.
The golf course is situated on an old quarry / river site of rock aggregate making use of the natural canyons.
The course has been built on both sides of the Jukskei River, which flows through the estate, with two holes playing directly across the river.
The course has been designed as a user friendly golf course for the average handicapped golfer and can also be set up for tour professionals.
Golf course membership will be open to all Steyn City residents. As members, they will be able to invite guests to play the course on a monthly basis.
The course is currently in its growing-in phase and scheduled for full completion when Steyn City launches to market in early 2015.
This unique growing-in period includes planting of thousands of saplings and established trees to enable Steyn City Properties to showcase the course in its pristine state, a first in South Africa.
Steyn City’s sprawling golf course spans approximately 90Ha and is situated at 1 350m above sea level.
The greens and tees are planted with 007-Bentgrass and the fairways and roughs with cool season fescue / rye grass – guaranteeing a green playing surface all year round.
A fully computerised irrigation system allows for the adjustment of the water supply according to weather conditions. Two pump stations currently service the course’s irrigation, each irrigating nine holes; however should one pump station become faulty the other is equipped with the capacity to service all 18 holes as well as the driving range and putting green.
Furthermore, the irrigation system will be using grey water of the highest quality to irrigate the course. Grey water is received from the Northern Works plant and flows into a pre-treatment plant onsite at Steyn City. This now cleaner grey water then flows into the onsite dams whereby it is aerated, improving its quality even further, before being pumped onto the course.
The course is fully navigable with a golf cart. The carts are equipped with state-of-the-art GPS technology allowing for management to monitor and control the whereabouts of each cart. For example, should a player attempt to drive the cart into an area deemed a ‘no-go zone’ or ‘danger zone’ on the course, the cart will automatically shut down forcing the player to remain within the demarcated areas.
The golf course features along the Jukskei River amongst a wooded parkland and as of early 2013 thousands of trees have been planted on and around the course. Steyn City houses a large on site nursery for planting and propagation purposes as well as to temporarily house rescued flora, which is replanted on site once construction has been completed within a certain area.
The driving range is 325 metres long by 100 metres wide and can be played from both sides.
There are seven target greens with real bunkers that simulate the shot-to-green target experience with availability to hit off both grass and mats.
The range also includes a comprehensive short game area equipped with a large chipping and putting green.
A project by award-winning Boogertman & Partners Architects, the clubhouse has been completed and comprises 3 000m² of occupied space. The clubhouse has been designed to echo the topography and reflects a more modern, African-inspired feel with the use of stone, wood, glass and steel in its construction.
This is reportedly the only clubhouse in the country that features a ‘growing’ roof. The building will eventually be completely covered by the already planted grasses and vegetation, which will allow it to literally ‘disappear’ into its surrounds.
The ‘growing roof’ will help to regulate the clubhouse’s thermal mass as it absorbs solar energy during the day and retains this load, to allow for evening absorption.
The clubhouse’s contemporary interior by DSGN (interiors designers and space planners) is cellar-like with high arches, raw stone walls, varied textures, and a colour palette of earthy tones. Only natural materials were used such as rock for cladding, stone for tiles and sustainable wood sources.
Indigenous landscaping was used around the clubhouse and is inclusive of wild olive, wild peach and white stinkwood trees, as well as large wild iris, aloes and lion’s tail, felicia and diospyros lycioides.
Steyn City for construction, maintenance and landscaping of the golf course. Golf Data’s close association with US Nicklaus Design ensures that they offer the best in design and construction for a Nicklaus Design golf course.
Golf course: Golf Data
Golf Data was responsible for the bulk earthworks
A fleet of eight dump trucks, three excavators and three bulldozers were used to do all the bulk earthworks and shaping on the golf course.
Approximately 420 000m3 of soil and rock were moved during the bulk earthworks phase.
All the fairways have been capped with 250mm of imported sandy loam soil to optimize drainage and good turf quality.
Steyn City Properties (Pty) Ltd