Gardener Ross Golf and Country Estate
Gardener Ross Golf and Country Estate is three-time major winner Ernie Els’ signature golf course and estate in Gauteng. Still under development, it’s located in Centurion on land that was originally owned by Els’ grandfather Ernie Vermaak. Oupa Vermaak grew up on the 690 hectares of land on what was then the farm Knoppies Laagte. Oupa Vermaak was also the instigator of the golf-fever that was to take hold of the next two Els generations.
Whilst still under construction, the course promises to mirror the way of the Big Easy with vastness. It will feature four par threes with the longest, a challenging downhill hole to a well-guarded green, measuring staggering 250m from the championship tee. The fairways, bunkers and greens will all bear the unmistakable voluminous generosity that has become the hallmark of Ernie Els.
As the course is under development no official rating has been assigned yet. It is however scheduled to be listed as a par-72. The golf course has been measured (using laser) and is awaiting verification and approval fro the Gauteng North Golf Union.
Membership fees have also yet to be finalised but homeowners will receive a preferential rate. Various membership options will be available to provide for many categories including corporate membership.
Landowners and their direct family (21-years and younger) will have access to all golfing and social facilities of the club.
There will be a temporary clubhouse facility used until the completion of the new clubhouse. The temporary clubhouse will be fully equipped with a small pro shop, driving range and 72 golf carts. The putting greens, chipping greens, and golf academy will be completed in 2008.
The clubhouse and detail is still being fine tuned and will be an impressive yet very practical building which will have some unique features. It will also become the global home for the Ernie Els Corporation and for Gardner Ross.
No of stands, average size and levies
The entire estate will comprise 1 250 stands to be marketed in three phases.
Phase I is sold out. However there are still stands available however in Phase II and III.
Facilities in the area
Nestled in the heart of Gauteng, there exists a plethora of choices for schools and places of worship for all denominations within easy accessibility. Sandton is a mere 18 kilometres and Menlo Park is only 21 kilometres away. In addition to this, the estate has plans to launch its own school.
The estate is surrounded by a 14 kilometres peripheral wall, which stands 2.2 meters high and is topped with electric fencing. A closed circuit TV system monitors the entire periphery. There are three gatehouses with around the clock manned security.
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