South African PGA

The first professional golfer in South Africa was Walter Day, son of golf ball maker Benjamin Day and his wife Catherine. He moved from Edinburgh to Musselburgh to work as a golf club maker before emigrating in 1893 to take up an appointment at the Cape Golf Club. Around the same time, the professional ranks were added to with the arrival at Port Elizabeth Golf Club of another Scotsman, Jack Johnson from North Berwick.

South African PGA Championship Trophy

When the second South African Tournament was held at Port Elizabeth later that year, Day and Johnson played a challenge match as part of the week’s activities, with the latter winning by 2 holes. The SA Tournament returned to Port Elizabeth the following year and Day gained his revenge for the previous year’s defeat. This rivalry then continued as their challenge matches became a regular feature of the annual national golf festival.

These head to head encounters came to an end in 1903 when the South African Open Championship was instigated at Port Elizabeth. There were now several professionals earning a living in the country – four of them took part in the first Open – but another twenty years would then pass before a “Professionals’ Match Play Championship” was added to the SA Tournament programme at Royal Cape in 1923.

Sponsored by Argus Newspapers, the prize money for the winner was double that paid to the South African Open champion, so this was quite an incentive for those participating in an event where no entrance fee was paid. Fourteen entered the competition, so six matches were played in the first round with two byes. Jock Brews, that year’s SA Open winner, was beaten in the second round of matches and the final was played between tw...

South African PGA host courses

East London

3rd Eastern Cape - Best in Area 14th South Africa Ranking

East London Golf Club has hosted the South African Open seven times (between 1930 and 2001) and it’s widely regarded as one of the top courses in the Eastern Cape.

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Eye of Africa

11th Gauteng - Best in Area 33rd South Africa Ranking

Greg Norman designed the golf course at the Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate and it’s the Great White Shark’s first South African ensemble, which opened in 2010...

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Houghton

18th Gauteng - Best in Area 56th South Africa Ranking

Jack Nicklaus officially opened his new Signature course at the long-established Houghton Golf Club in 2011. The course is not brutally long but relies on strategic bunkering to protect par.

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Huddle Park

39th Gauteng - Best in Area

The Huddle Park Golf & Recreation course is laid out within one of Johannesburg’s largest parks and it’s part of a grassland, woodland and wetland property extending to five hundred acres beside the suburbs of Linsfield and Orange Grove.

Humewood

1st Eastern Cape - Best in Area 4th South Africa Ranking

Greens at Humewood are firm and fast, requiring a sure putting touch – which was needed when the South African Open returned to this top class links in 2006.

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Johannesburg (Woodmead)

5th Gauteng - Best in Area 26th South Africa Ranking

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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King David Mowbray

19th Western Cape - Best in Area 75th South Africa Ranking

Mowbray Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 2010, having played host to seven South African Opens. In 2016 King David and Mowbray merged, creating King David Mowbray Golf Club.

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Maccauvlei

13th Gauteng - Best in Area 42nd South Africa Ranking

Situated a forty-five minute drive south of Johannesburg, Maccauvlei Golf Club is one of the “lost” golf courses in the country.

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Parkview

17th Gauteng - Best in Area 49th South Africa Ranking

The course at Parkview Golf Club was established in 1916 when LB Waters, the four-time winner of the South African Open, set out a series of golf holes along a long, narrow green belt...

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South African PGA Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Heinrich du Preez Courses Played 16
2 Les Coetzee Courses Played 15
3 Franscois Marx Courses Played 13
= Neil van Niekerk Courses Played 13
5 Hans Vierra Courses Played 12
= Nelson Marais Courses Played 12
= Stuart McLean Courses Played 12
= Stefan Blommaert Courses Played 12
= Lohan Neethling Courses Played 12
10 Mick Hough Courses Played 11