The Els Club at Copperleaf

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   The Els Club at Copperleaf Est. 2007

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The Els Club at Copperleaf: Originally called "Gardner Ross" when it opened in 2007, the Els Club at Copperleaf is a big and stylish golf course that reinforces Ernie Els' well-established design credentials. Like its surroundings, the course is open and linksy, rather than "enclosed" and parkland in character. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it possesses several of the stylish traits that Els wove into his Garden Route design at Oubaai.

Copperleaf's good-width fairways run alongside tracts of long grassy rough, plentiful bunkering and several good-sized water hazards. At some point real estate will become much more established, flanking many holes, but one hopes never too closely as to be in harm's way from wayward drives. The layout's smooth lines and gentle undulations are easy on the eye, although some of this course's big dimensions may be a challenge even for the biggest hitters to visualise.

From the back tees the layout measures just a tad over 8,000 yards, with holes like the par-3 12th weighing in at a mere 280 yards and the following par-5 13th getting close to 700 yards. The often large greens may also have you squinting a bit to see the hole, especially if you leave yourself with one or two monster putts. Perhaps Copperleaf can only be tamed by the "Big Easy" himself, although the rest of us can have a lot of fun trying!

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Making Contact

The Els Club, Copperleaf
Ernie Els Blvd, off West St, Mnandi,
Centurian, nr Pretoria, Gauteng 
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)12 668 8900
Pro Shop   +27 (0)78 719 1677


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Golf Pro
Eugene Schwartz (Head Professional and Academy Director).
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Schwartz Golf Academy / Jacques Blaauw Junior Academy.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Rural countryside.
Designer: Ernie Els
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 7360 6047 5135
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope
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How2Get There?

22 km SW of Pretoria (centre) / 25 km NW of Sandton Centre. (Sandton is in northern Johannesburg)
From the Johannesburg Western Bypass (N1) take the R511 (William Nicol Drive) direction Fourways. After approx 12 km, go under the N14, continuing on the R511. After o.8 km turn right onto the M34. After 3.5 km turn left, and after o.3 km left again. Follow road to golf.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes: weekday mornings R600; weekend mornings R950. Golf cart included. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Closed Mondays.  Must book in advance. Handicap required
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory.
Caddies available.
Practice facilities
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Did you know?

What makes this new golf development very special to Ernie Els is that his grandfather, Ernie Vermaak, grew up on this exact 690 hectares of land in and around 1918, on a farm then known as Knoppies Laagte. Oupa Vermaak was also the instigator of the golf-fever that was to take hold of the next two Els generations.

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Published Ranking
2018 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 40th best course of the 450 courses in South Africa.
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Latitude: (-25.880520)
Longitude: (28.048380)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

The Palazzo Montecasino 5-star
Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton
+27 (0)11 510 3000

The 5-star Palazzo Montecasino (formerly InterContinental Palazzo) is perfectly located in the upmarket suburb of Fourways, Sandton. Reminiscent of the grandeur of age-old Tuscany, the hotel epitomizes true style and luxury, with world-class facilities. It is linked by an open-air walkway to the spectacular MonteCasino Entertainment complex, which offers a selection of restaurants, retail shops, cinemas, theatres, casino plus an outdoor piazza area.

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Golf within 10 km Dainfern; Kyalami; Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); Bryanston; River Club.
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Golf within 30 km Blair Atholl; Copperleaf; Blue Valley; Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); Wanderers; River Club; Bryanstone; Modderfontein; Killarney; Parkview; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses); Glendower; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses); Roodepoort.
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Protea Hotel, Waterfront 4-star
Cnr Gordan Hood & Hendrik Verwoerd Ave, Centurion, Pretoria 0046
+27 (0)12 663 8700

The Protea Hotel Waterfront and Suites, located on the safe and tranquil Centurion Waterfront, has direct access to Centurion Mall shopping complex, with a variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques, cinemas and banks. This deluxe hotel was built in 1998 and has 151 rooms. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, complemented by an outdoor pool and lake deck overlooking the Centurion Lake, ideal for sundowners. The hotel also offers a fully equipped day-conference centre and secure parking. Affordable elegance on the waters edge.

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Golf within 10 km Centurion; Zwartkop; Pretoria CC; Wingate Park
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Golf within 30 km Woodhill; Silver Lakes; Blue Valley; Copperleaf; Kyalami; Dainfern
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