Gauteng

Measuring a mere 7,000 square miles in area, Gauteng is the smallest of South Africa’s nine provinces but it’s also the most densely populated, with an estimated eleven and a half million residents. Much of its landmass is classed as Highveld – an inland grassland plateau that sits more than 5,000 feet above sea level – where golf balls fly a lot further than down on the Indian Ocean coastline to the south.

Three governing bodies are responsible for promoting the amateur game for male golfers in Gauteng: Central Gauteng Golf Union (26,000 members in 34 clubs), Ekurhuleni Golf Union (7,000 members in 18 clubs) and Gauteng North Golf Union with 19,000 members in 25 clubs. GNGU was also the first provincial Union to amalgamate with a women’s golf authority in 2005.

A couple of Gauteng’s old courses from the mid-1930s have stood the golfing test of time and they are Bob Grimsdell’s Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East) and the CH Alison-designed Glendower in Bedfordview. Of similar quality, the pair of mid-1960s layouts at River Club and Johannesburg (Woodmead) are also highly regarded in the province. Fast forward to shortly after its debut in 2007 and Gary Player’s Blair Atholl layout leapfrogged this quartet of classic courses to very near the top of the national rankings.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Gauteng

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East)

1st Gauteng - Best in Area

The East course at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington is famed for its fearsome start to the inward half, with back-to-back par fours over 500 yards in length at the 10th and 11th holes.

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Blair Atholl

2nd Gauteng - Best in Area

Measuring an incredible 8,300 yards from the back markers, Blair Atholl is one of the longest golf courses in the world...

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River Club - Johannesburg

3rd Gauteng - Best in Area

Founded in 1967, the River Club is an ultra-exclusive golf club often referred to as "the Augusta National of South Africa".

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Glendower

4th Gauteng - Best in Area

Formed back in 1935, the Glendower Golf Club engaged the services of Harry Colt’s associate, Charles Hugh Alison, to lay out an 18-hole parkland course in two loops of nine...

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Johannesburg (Woodmead)

5th Gauteng - Best in Area

Woodmead is regarded as the more prestigious of the two 18-hole courses at the Country Club of Johannesburg though the Rocklands course is a very good track too...

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Serengeti (Masai Mara)

6th Gauteng - Best in Area

Named after the game reserve in Kenya, the Masai Mara course at the Serengeti Golf & Wildlife Estate was designed by the Golden Bear and opened for play in June 2009.

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Steyn City

7th Gauteng - Best in Area

Opened in April 2015 after a lengthy grow-in period, the golf course at Steyn City is a Nicklaus Design that’s the focal point of an enormous parkland and real estate development on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

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Kyalami

9th Gauteng - Best in Area

Laid out on a gently undulating landscape, the course at Kyalami Country Club is a fine example of suburban parkland golf, with generous fairways and clever bunkering...

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Ebotse

10th Gauteng - Best in Area

In 2007, the Matkovich & Hayes Golf Course Design and Construction Company developed the course at the Ebotse Golf & Country Estate in a disused sand quarry. The result is an environmentally sensitive facility that combines links, lakeside and parkland holes in the routing.

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