The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 18
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 18
At 471 meters, the 18th hole is by far the longest and hardest par 4 at The Club at Steyn City golf course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - clubhouse
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - clubhouse
The clubhouse at The Club at Steyn City is a beautiful facility with a modern design. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 1
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 1
Players hit over a water hazard on the first tee at The Club at Steyn City. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 3
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 3
Clouds and shadows beautify the par-5 third hole at The Club at Steyn City near Johannesburg, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 4
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 4
A stream and tree block routes to the fourth green at The Club at Steyn City. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 6
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 6
Bunkers frame the approach on the 595-meter, par-5 sixth hole at The Club at Steyn City near Johannesburg, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 7
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 7
From the forward tees, the seventh hole at The Club at Steyn City is a great risk-reward, short par 4. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 8
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 8
The eighth hole at The Club at Steyn City doglegs left with trouble on the left. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 9
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The Club at Steyn City golf course - no. 9
The Jukskei River flows past the par-3 ninth green at The Club at Steyn City near Johannesburg, South Africa. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Jack Nicklaus' design shines at South Africa's latest jewel: The Club at Steyn City in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The Club at Steyn City has aspirations to become South Africa's next great private club.

The new Jack Nicklaus design on the outskirts of Johannesburg opened April 1, 2015 after a long grow-in to ensure perfect conditions.

At the center of the massive parkland and real estate development is the spectacular palace of owner Douw Steyn, a South African insurance mogul. His "Palazzo Steyn" mansion -- valued at $250 million, the most expensive in South Africa -- sits high on a ridge with mesmerizing waterfalls cascading down from above.

The 7,054-meter golf course rides its rolling terrain gracefully. Ridges on certain holes keep players guessing at the proper line off the tee. The par-4 first and par-3 ninth holes cross the Jukskei River. Plenty of other water hazards come into play. The most interesting hole is no. 7, where a risk-reward downhill tee shot will flirt with a wandering stream. It's drivable from the forward tees.

The hardest par 4 is the 471-meter closer. If you hit the split fairway, a pond awaits on the approach.

The marvelous and modern clubhouse isn't as swanky as Steyn's pad, but it's pretty nice, just like everything inside the gates of this burgeoning "city.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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