Asset Magazine – Estate Review – by Candace Sofianos King

It’s been a long time coming for Eye of Africa Golf and Residential Estate, a master-planned signature residential community development based in the south of Johannesburg.

What was once a big dream and a large vacant piece of untouched land is now a bustling village-like estate featuring several new villages with magnificent views and fairway frontage as well as completed homes for purchase, coupled with prime lifestyle amenities.

Tucked away from the City’s busy streets and offices where community and superior leisure facilities ebb and flow with the rolling hills and undulating landscapes, Eye of Africa is nestled in pristine highveld landscape in the heart of the rustic countryside in Eikenhof.

Situated a short distance from the Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Road intersection spanning more than 700 hectares, Eye of Africa is 17km away from the Johannesburg City Centre and is in close proximity to good schools, hospitals, shopping centres and major highways..

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Eye of Africa – Course Review – by Tim Pearman

So the Everyday Golfer had a chance to play the Eye of Africa course. Having heard a lot about the course I was really looking forward to getting to grips with this fairly new course designed by the legendary Great White Shark Greg Norman. In fact it is his first design in Africa. Having never played a Greg Norman course before I was interested to see how he approaches his course layout.

My first impressions were very promising. The Clubhouse/restaurant is brand new and a fantastic facility with everything one might need. The cloakrooms are a little small but otherwise fit the bill perfectly. There are also fantastic practice facilities around the clubhouse, with a driving range, large putting green and coaching bays.

The course itself is an interesting design. Many bunkers to keep you honest, but the critical thing at Eye of Africa for a good round is to keep your tee shots on the short stuff. The fairways are generous but the rough is waist high and finding your ball in there is a lottery.

I personally had a great day off the tee box, but still spent plenty of time searching for my fellow playmate’s balls in that unforgiving stuff. Avoid it at all costs. Rather take a long iron or 3 wood off the tee than spray your driver into that hairy mess.

It is a fairly hilly courses in places and I would recommend taking a cart. It also has the unusual feature that the halfway house is out on the course and not back at the clubhouse, so everyone starts off the first tee box on this setup.

What else can I say about Eye of Africa? It is located South of Johannesburg and it not a long drive from most directions. I really enjoyed my day here and would gladly accept another opportunity to tee it up at Eye of Africa. My scariest hole – Number 5 – par 3 – Pretty hole with a demanding tee-shot especially if the wind is up. My favourite hole – Number 3 – par 4 – Tight tee shot requires good accuracy but beautifully laid out.

<strong>Overall Experience rating by the Everyday Golfer: 9 out of 10.</strong>

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Lara De Matos’s review for the Greens Grillhouse – by Lara de Matos

Greens Grillhouse is one of those places you might never venture out to unless you happen to be an avid golfer. Which is a shame as it deserves a visit (but also, definitely go to play golf). The design is modern, the decor appealing and the space large and open. I particularly liked the spaciousness. This meant that, though it was quite full, you never felt crowded.

I was happy to find that I could order Windhoek Draught on tap and on a nice warm day, that went down just right. I opted for chicken livers starter, which the waiter said was not too hectically hot, and Tall Dark &amp; Handsome decided on the calamari.

My livers did end up being a little more on the hot side than I could comfortably handle but I was mightily appeased by the delicious, fresh buttered and toasted slices of bread it came with, and I mopped up all of the sauce. I *especially* loved the onion element of the dish, which was just a little crunchy still and yet wonderfully sweet.

Tall, Dark &amp; Handsome was very happy with his calamari starter, which had a lovely hint of grilled colour to it and proved impressively flavourful.

But my main blew my mind. Mushroom and garlic herb fillet: thin pan-fried medallions of fillet, perfectly medium rare. The mushrooms in the sauce remained chunky and juicy despite being cooked just right, and the garlic came through strongly, which made me very happy.

Tall, Dark &amp; Handsome is a big fish fan and so he opted for the kingklip main. He is a tough man to please when it comes to fish and he gave it a double thumbs up. The fish was obviously fresh, buttery in taste, and perfectly cooked, with not even a hint of dryness. Perfection.

We were quite full at this stage and decided to skip dessert but I did go moon over the gorgeous red velvet cake that was on display.

The food and the venue gets the FanFoodieTastic JFW seal of approval. My thanks to the Greens Grillhouse for a lovely day out in the south.

Van Zyl takes Eye of Africa PGA Championship 2016 title in play-off

Jaco van Zyl won his third Eye of Africa PGA Championship title on the first extra hole of a play-off on Sunday after finishing regulation play level on 20-under-par with Dean Burmester.

After Burmester hit his approach on the 18th on the Eye of Africa Golf Estate in the play-off into a greenside bunker, he was only able to get it out to 30 feet from the hole. Van Zyl was on the green for two at a similar distance, and he made no mistake with two putts to claim the title.

“This and the South African Open Championship are the biggest titles in South Africa,” said Van Zyl, “and it’s wonderful to have won this one for a third time. It’s a privilege to have my name on the trophy alongside some of the great golfing names that are there already.”

Grab Something Tasty At The Greens Grillhouse – by Nicole Naidoo

Believe it or not … I’m a huge fan of golf (the sport, not the car … I know what you were thinking wink wink). Anyway, in my opinion, there’s nothing better than indulging in a tasty lunch with a vibrant green golf course as the backdrop! If this sounds like your cup of tea (how could it not?), then you have to pay a visit to The Greens Grillhouse.

The Greens Grillhouse can be found on the grounds of Eye of Africa – an absolutely stunning golf and residential estate, located in Joburg’s southern suburbs. The estate itself is going through a huge infrastructure investment plan and has added this little gem to enhance offerings for both residents and visitors alike!

My fiancé, Brenden, and I popped in there for lunch the other day … and I’m thrilled to say that the food was so good! The Greens Grillhouse has a number of different options, depending on what you’re looking for – there are breakfast and snack options, and they even have a menu with everything from starters and salads to burgers and pizza … needless to say they’ve got something for everyone!

Determined to try as much as we could (everything looked amazing!), Brenden and I decided to order starters, a main meal and dessert (after all, we don’t pig out often … honestly!). To start, Brenden ordered the salt and chilli calamari (R48) while I went with the salmon rose bruschetta (R51). The calamari was spicy and appetising (yes, I poached one or two pieces from him), and the salmon bruschetta was amazing and incredibly filling (I genuinely didn’t know if I would have space for more food!).

Speaking of more food, for mains, Brenden had the rosemary and thyme lamb chops (R145) with a side of crumbed mushrooms (R35) while I had the spare rib and bacon pizza (R87), which I adored … if there’s one thing you have to know about me, it’s that I love my ribs!

Oh, and Brenden made sure to mention that the chops were perfectly cooked and that he loved the way they were seasoned. To end off a rather indulgent afternoon (I was afraid I’d have to be rolled out of there!), we shared a bowl of ice cream and BarOne sauce (R30) – the sugary treat was so satisfying after all that meaty goodness!

The temptation to play a round or two on the golf course was almost too great to resist but we opted to take a drive around the stunning estate instead … I don’t think I could have walked anywhere at that point! So, the next time you want to grab a bite and bask in the sunlight while practicing your swing, or just want to indulge in something yummy and hearty, pop by The Greens Grillhouse … you’ll be glad you did!

The Greens Grill House at Eye of Africa showcases a line-up of things to come with Gavin Hooker

November 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Well-known South African folk-rock singer, Gavin Hooker, will perform at The Greens Grill House at Eye of Africa ‒ one of the hottest destinations to see and be seen in Johannesburg’s southern suburbs.

Taking centre stage on Sunday 29 November and 6 December from 1-5pm, Gavin Hooker is sure to get the crowd going with over 35 years of musical experience in all genres of music while enjoying the sumptuous new menu at The Green’s Grill House.

Come join us for a day of what promises to be the best fun you will have this side of the woods!

To make a restaurant booking, contact: 071 106 1440 or email

Eye of Africa Opens New Restaurant

Editor, Nic Bailey

The residential and golf estate located in southern suburbs of Johannesburg, Eye of Africa, has opened doors for The Greens Grill House restaurant. The restaurant is open daily from 7am until late, with the exception of Mondays. Golfers and residents looking for something tasty will be able to choose from a range of snack platters or, if they’re in the mood for something more substantial, burgers and chips.

The lunchtime menu will also feature classics like Falkland’s calamari, and fusion flavour sensations like parmesan and salsa bruschetta or fillet steak stacks. Afternoon delights at the newly opened restaurant include a range of espresso-based coffees, prepared by formally trained baristas using imported beans. Those with a sweet tooth can also indulge in evergreen favourites like chocolate and caramel mousse or malva pudding.

For supper, crowd pleasers include ocean fresh line fish and hearty basked pastas, as well as pizzas baked in the restaurant’s signature 10-deck wood burning pizza oven. Heading the restaurant operation is Peter Karam, the name behind many of Johannesburg’s longest running and best-loved establishments, including the Thunder Gun in Northcliff, Kyalami’s Blueberry Grill, and Chef and the Fat Man in Fourways.

From this portfolio, it’s clear that Karam has an affinity with steakhouses. His food philosophy is based on simplicity. He believes that “if you use only the best, freshest ingredients, you need only use three of them to create complex flavours”. That’s why a steak prepared in one of Karam’s restaurants may be light on basting, but seasonings like coriander and pepper create a far more punchy taste sensation.

Karam reveals that he will be carrying this ethos forward into Eye of Africa’s eatery. “We’ll be catering to many different audiences, so we have a lot of different dishes and food styles on offer,” he says. For example, the breakfast crowd can tuck into a traditional farmhouse plate of bacon and eggs, or opt for something light and healthy, like a fruit platter served with nuts, oats and a honey drizzle. There will also be some decadent options: think of poached eggs laced with hollandaise sauce, for instance.

Karam believes that the look of the restaurant will create as much excitement as its menu: for example, special features include an exposed grill, adding a touch of theatre in the dining room. Extensive use of wood makes for a warm, welcoming interior with a rich, earthy atmosphere which Karam likens to a country retreat; an effect which is enhanced by the ribbed roof. Karam’s team will be headed by executive chef Alex Kolmayr, whose credentials include a stint with the airlines and the Carlton Hotel. The launch marks the start of a massive infrastructure investment programme which will see the already prestigious estate enhancing its offerings for residents, with the introduction of a number of new facilities.

Mzansi Life reviews The Greens Grill House

Last weekend we reviewed the newly opened restaurant, The Greens Grill House situated in the only golf estate in the Southern suburbs of Johannesburg – Eye of Africa Golf Estate. We were very impressed by the restaurant, the food and the environment. The restaurant is immaculately laid and diners can enjoy their meals while watching golfers do what they do best on the pitch. We had a three-course meal and can confirm that the restaurant offers the best cuisine not only in theSouth but in Johannesburg. The food was on point, service was excellent and we didn’t wait long between meals. We started our review with Salmon Rose Bruschetta and Salt &amp; Chilli Calamari. The Salmon was imported from Scotland and Calamari from Argentina. The starter was delightful and presentation was mouthwatering.

Other starter selections include Halloumi Cheese, Feta &amp; Olive Crumbs and Sweet Soy &amp; Ginger BaconKebabs. The Main course was to die for – it was succulent and nicely garnished. The 600g Rib Eye on the Bone and 200g Avo &amp; Feta Fillet with extra baked potato and vegetables were out of this world – thanks to the waiter by the name of Givemore who helped us to decide on our dishes.

The restaurant also offer Fillet, Boston Fillet, Dijon Fillet Suzette, Rump, Flame Grilled &amp; Oven Roasted Pork Chops, Rosemary &amp; Thyme Lamb Chops, Flame Grilled Whole Chicken – Spatchcock, Chicken Schnitzel &amp; Cheese Sauce, Grilled Chicken Breasts &amp; Greek Salad and Grilled Falkland Calamari for main courses. Customers can top their meals with Chips, Crumbed Mushrooms, Onion Rings or Rosemary Potato Wedges.

The Greens Grill House makes the best dessert in the South and serves various assortment including Strawberry Cheesecake, Crème Brule, Ice Cream &amp; Bar One Sauce and Malva Pudding. We had Chocolate Mousse Duo and Chocolate &amp; Hazzlenut Tart which were deliciously prepared.

The friendly head of operations, Peter Karam, hosted us and he now-and-then came to chat to us, making sure that we get the best service which we got. Karam is a very experienced restaurateur with 30 years of experience under his belt.

New Restaurant at the Eye of Africa

News Editor – Julie Maule

EIKENHOF – Heading the restaurant is Peter Karam, the name behind many of Johannesburg’s longest-running and best loved establishments, including the Thunder Gun in Northcliff, Kyalami’s Blueberry Grill, and Chef and the Fat Man in Fourways.

As we drew up to the restaurant, lightning and thunder with heavy rain and wind descended on us but it certainly didn’t dampen our enthusiasm and the reception we received as we entered the restaurant.

The service is exceptional, not to mention the amazing food. For starters I couldn’t decide between Salt and Chilli Calamari or Feta and Olive Crumbs, so had a little of both. My husband chose Halloumi Cheese. Absolutely delicious!

For our main meal I selected a prime Fillet Steak, which was cooked to absolute perfection, my knife cut through it like butter, served with Dijon Mustard Sauce, crispy golden potato wedges, creamed spinach and butternut. Colin enjoyed Grilled Falkland Calamari with lemon wedges, crispy chips and vegetables and he said the chips were the best he’s ever tasted.

The dessert menu was just too good to resist and we had to taste the Chocolate Hazelnut Tart, buttery pastry filled with decadent chocolate and hazelnuts, with fresh strawberry coulis.

A chilled bottle of Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc accompanied our meal. The wine list is extensive with some of the best to offer and if you enjoy finishing off with a liqueur, there’s many to pick from.

Breakfasts are served daily from 07:00 and you won’t be disappointed with the choice, traditional farmhouse bacon and eggs, fluffy omelettes with a variety of savoury fillings, or a more healthy option of fresh fruit platter served with nuts, oats and a honey drizzle are just some of the options.

Golfers are able to enjoy snack platters, a burger and chips, or a fresh crispy salad, and for afternoon tea Douw Egberts coffee served with delectable cakes.

Pizzas are raved about and I know why! We tasted a Chicken and Mushroom pizza – Napolitano sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano, chicken and mushrooms, to die for!

The look of the restaurant is very pleasing with an extensive use of wood, giving it a rich, earthy atmosphere and special features include an exposed grill. For sport lovers there’s a big screen TV, so you won’t miss out on that important game! As we ended our meal and looked out across the golf course, the skies were beginning to darken but it certainly didn’t deter from a spectacular view from inside a wonderful restaurant.

The restaurant is open daily from 07:00 until late, with the exception of Mondays and it’s advised you phone 071 106 1440 before you arrive so a code to enter the magnificent estate can be organised for your arrival. Safety is of the utmost importance in the Eye of Africa and this will entail in you enjoying a relaxing meal.

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