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The East Course

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The East Course is a championship layout that has hosted 7 South African Open Championships, the SA Amateur and numerous other Tour events, as well as the Joburg Open inaugurated at Royal in 2007 and played here again in 2008.

“ Played off the Championship tees it measures 7001 meters, and a more user friendly 6465 meters off the Club tees. Famously or infamously the 10th and 11th holes are reputed to be the two longest back-to-back par fours in the world.”


The East course was designed in 1935 by the then Club Professional Robert Grimsdell. The course was revamped in 1998 by golf course architect Mark Muller. Certain holes were altered but mostly it was the greens that, while keeping their original feel, were vastly improved.The course has since been further improved with the Stream Rehabilitation Project, which was undertaken in 2002 to arrest erosion of the stream beds and reinforce the banks of the spectacular water course running from west to east through the property.

The signature hole of the East Course is the 11th and is one of the best par four's one is ever likely to encounter. The hole is telescoped by huge poplars that make the lower holes on the East Course so spectacular. The finishing hole is a par five that can be reached with two powerful strikes, but like most of the holes on this course, the slightest error could result in one wishing that a more conservative strategy had been adopted.

The East course offers the sterner test of the two courses at Royal, but beware - both courses offer a fine mix of holes, from the apparently benign to the downright fierce. Find more details on hole by hole, attachment: Hole by holeFind the ttachment to the Scorecard [PDF, 15kb]

West Course

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The West course was the site of the Johannesburg Golf Club when it first moved to the current premises in 1909. Over the years it has been upgraded and its major revamping was in 1999.The course has since been further improved with the Stream Rehabilitation Project, wich was undertaken in 2002 to arrest erosion of the stream beds and reinforce the banks of the spectacular water course running from west to east through the property. It was voted the most improved course in 2000 by The Compleat Golfer magazine.

The 4th hole is regarded as the signature hole. A tributary of the Jukskei River fronts the green and is very much in play along the left hand side of the fairway. The hole, as is the West course itself, is enchanting against the backdrop of Linksfield Ridge.

The West Course, in comparison to the East Course,  is a fine example of how two layouts in close proximity can still create quite different, but vastly enjoyable golfing experiences.  

While its beautiful sweeping fairways and generous sized greens inspire joy and confidence, the player who strays from them will quickly find trees, water or other frustration in uncompromising abundance. But coming back from trouble is also a pleasure in itself, with a hard fought scramble for par sometimes bringing as much satisfaction as a well played two-club.  

Although measuring a few hundred meters less in overall length than its neighbour, the West Course doesn't seem to play much shorter. Experienced golfers may find the easier holes a touch more forgiving, but the thrill of going for birdies is often tempered with staring disaster in the face and taking just punishment for even a small inaccuracy.

Players of every level will find much to delight in and many reasons to return to Royal West. Find more details on hole by hole, attachment: Hole by hole. Find the ttachment to the  Scorecard [PDF, 17kb]

 

 
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Joburg Open

Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
international players.

It is co-sanctioned by the

Sunshine Tour and PGA

European Tour as an official

Order of Merit event.

The prize money is 1.3

million euros and this will be

shared amongst all the

players who will make the cut.

 

2018 Joburg Open

Dates: 07 to 10 December 2017
Venue: Randpark Golf Club

 

 

 


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