ERPM Golf Club
SAGA Strokerate :71
Championship – 6679M
Men – 6301M
Golf Digest Ranking: 94
Fun Fact: The fairways were hand planted by members of the course in 1926. That is pretty extraordinary. Goes to show, when a golfer wants to play golf, a golfer will make a plan to play golf.
Situated in the bustling Metropolis that is Boksburg, ERPM is a typical parklands style course with plenty of trees and friendly-ish rough for the most part. It was a new entry in the 2016 Golf Digest rankings, a testament to the playability and conditioning of the course. Not being a particularly long or overly difficult course makes it an enjoyable round of golf for every handicapper, and having played here a few times, I have always found it a lekker day out. The bar has views of the 9th and 18th greens which I always enjoy in a clubhouse, it’s always nice to feel the frosty kiss of the Saaz hop while lazily keeping watch over the finishing holes.
The Front nine houses the par 4 uphill stroke 1 which plays quite long to a tricky green. One needs to be pretty accurate with their drive here as anything left and right leaves a tricky second.I have parred this hole exactly 0 times (Although that doesn’t say much, approach the hole with caution). A downhill par 5 follows the stroke 1 and will give the bigger hitters a decent chance at an Eagle with a good approach. Water on the 8th and 9th make them thinking holes and the water that covers the front of the 9th green makes it a nice finish to front nine.
Personally, I prefer the back nine, mostly because the par 5 13th was the first hole I have ever eagled – It was the second time I had ever used my new 3 hybrid during a round and safe to say I haven’t been able to repeat that shot, although I have tried. Trying to replicate that one shot mostly leaves me in the trees, 3M down the fairway or in someones garden looking for my ball. But back to the course. The 13th is a slight dogleg right with an elevated teebox and a two tiered green, a really cool hole.Water in front and bunkers flanking the short par 3 14th, makes it my favourite par 3 on the course. The par 4 18th has some massive trees making an approach difficult for an errant tee shot but it is a nice way to close an enjoyable course.
ERPM won’t break the bank and certainly holds it’s own against similarly priced courses throughout Gauteng. The Course is in good shape, the staff are friendly the halfway house hasn’t let me down (Be sure to bring cash as the halfway house doesn’t take cards, however there is an ATM in the bar upstairs). All in all, after the day out and a few cold brews in the bar afterwards will, I have no doubt, leave most golfers satisfied.