JABU Rating: 43/100
Blyvoor is a quiet course, situated about an hour outside of Johannesburg in the Carltonville area. The course was opened in 1938 and is a little favourite of mine for various reasons. Because of the distance to the course, it is not the busiest course you will ever play and this allows you to enjoy the flora as well as the fauna as there are a number of Blesbok and Impala on the course. The biggest downfall of Blyvoor is definately the greens. The greens are very hard and very very fast and make chipping around the fringes a near impossibility. However, that thought is negated by the fact that 18 holes cost you a meagre R70. Blyvoor has a design that is very challenging but at the same time very rewarding if you manage to find the fairways. One would think if this course was positioned in Johannesburg and had more money we could well be looking at one of the top courses in South Africa.
The par 3 17th is a pain. There is a huge tree (of which Blyvoor has many!) just off to the left blocking the easy straight shot to the green. It is about 170 metres long and the green has 4 bunkers all around it. This is topped off by the fact that there is no fairway on this hole at all. Its either green, bunker or rough!
The par 5 2nd. A 450 metre hole that has a very wide fairway and is very forgiving fairway (which is something I need of course).