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Firethorn Course at Randpark Club

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Specifications
Designed ByMark Muller, Sid Brews
Holes18
Year Opened1971
Par 72
Typen/a
FairwaysKikuyu
GreensBentgrass
SpikesSoft spikes only
Description

The radical transformation of Randpark’s renowned Firethorn course, which has hosted two South African Opens and many other tournaments, is complete! There are seven brand new holes, 18 new greens and greens complexes moulded into shape by internationally acclaimed course shaper Alex Ligowski, major changes to the bunkering have been undertaken, the river that runs through the course has been cleaned up and refurbished, and alien vegetation removed to the point where Firethorn is an eco-friendly “green lung”. “Essentially, the old Firethorn needed a facelift, the course features were dated and greens and bunkers were more than 20 years old,” says course designer Sean Quinn. “Many of the greens were unnaturally perched, which was the style in the 1980s and early 1990s. The high sand bunkers although impressive, were extremely problematic to maintain, particularly during the stormy summer months. “”The river flowing though the property was a massive engineering nightmare, it continually eroded and was completely overgrown with alien trees to the extent is was not visible in many places other than the opening and finishing holes. “The old par-3 second hole was a problem from an erosion perspective. The retaining wall that held up the green had been rebuilt at huge cost and was continuing to fail. We decided the hole should be eliminated entirely. There were numerous cross-overs which we tried to eliminate, but after about 12 alternate layout proposals the late Doug Bain and I decided on the current configuration.” Randpark’s director of golf Mellet Hendrikse feels two of the best holes are the new par-5 second, with the river running alongside the entire length of the hole, and the par-4 sixth which has a distinctly US Open course look about it. “I would agree with Mellete as No 2 and No 6 were good changes,” says Quinn. “The new No 2 (the old par-4 third hole) was always a low stroke hole, but in my opinion unfair. Strong players could carry the corner which was essentially the overgrown river bank, whilst weaker players had to play the full length of the dogleg resulting in a stroke imbalance.”

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Firethorn Course at Randpark Club
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Great venue and club but geez! I never felt so foreign in a place before. I would swear no black people play of have made a contribution to the club. i appreciate heritage but please take some pics down especially the cartoon with the midget black caddie and the article about caddies in tattered clothes. They send the wrong message. I felt uncomfortable. Great place anyway3
12:00 am August 11, 2016

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