South African Women's Open

The South African Women’s Open is a 54-hole stroke play tournament organized by the Women’s Professional Golf Association in South Africa. In 2013, the WPGA formed a partnership with the Sunshine Tour which resulted in the successful launch of the Sunshine Ladies Tour the following year and the SA Women’s Open is now one of the main championships on that circuit. Since 2018, the Open has also been co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, making it a more competitive affair.

The first Women’s Open took place in 1988 at Germiston Country Club on the banks of Victoria Lake in the East Rand region of Gauteng, with Elizabeth Glass from Zimbabwe winning the inaugural contest. The competition venues then remained close to Johannesburg for the next ten years. Germiston hosted editions 2, 3 and 4 until early teething troubles forced a three-year intermission for the event.

Alice Hewson holds aloft the South African Women’s Open trophy

Observatory Golf Club, founded in 1914 and the oldest club in Johannesburg still operating from its original grounds, staged the “comeback” Women’s Open in 1995, with local favourite Mandy Adamson winning the first of her three Open titles. The championship then moved 40 kilometres north to Kyalami Country Club for the next three iterations before heading to Cape Town for four years.

Rondebosch Golf Club was the location for the 1999 staging of the Women’s Open and Barbara Pestana retained her title with a sparkling seven under par aggregate score. Englishwoman Claire Duffy then posted a four under par total to win on the same course a year later. The championship course on the nearby Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate held the 2001 and 2002 events, with Mandy Adamson completing her hat-trick of natio...

South African Women's Open host courses

Devonvale

33rd Western Cape - Best in Area

The short but sweet parkland course at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate is routed across the north facing slopes of Devon Valley, flanked by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands near Stellenbosch. Designed by local Western Cape architect Ken Elkin, the layout is routed over a former gravel quarry and around a dam.

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Kyalami

6th Gauteng - Best in Area 24th South Africa Ranking 45th Africa Ranking

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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Parkview

11th Gauteng - Best in Area 33rd South Africa Ranking 63rd 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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Rondebosch

30th Western Cape - Best in Area

Located less than a ten-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre, Rondebosch Golf Club has been described as “one of the grand old dames of South African golf" and has held several Sunshine Tour events down the years.

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San Lameer

11th KwaZulu-Natal - Best in Area 71st South Africa Ranking

As part of a 470-acre residential estate where development is limited to 40% of the landscape, the San Lameer Country Club course was designed by Peter Matkovich and opened for play in 1992.

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Selborne

17th KwaZulu-Natal - Best in Area

Selborne is laid out within a 200-acre estate in two returning loops and most holes have water to contend with...

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Southbroom

13th KwaZulu-Natal - Best in Area 87th South Africa Ranking

Southbroom is an Indian Ocean charmer that may never come top of the South African “best course” listings but it will always be a “favourite course”...

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Westlake

22nd Western Cape - Best in Area 83rd South Africa Ranking

Established in 1932 with a 9-hole course in play, Westlake Golf Club was in a position to offer its membership a full 18-hole layout within four years of its formation.

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South African Women's Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Trevor King Courses Played 10
= Paul Mokoena Courses Played 10
3 Louis Geldenhuys Courses Played 9
= Frikkie Bosman Courses Played 9
= Les Coetzee Courses Played 9
= Heinrich du Preez Courses Played 9
= Alex Rossi Courses Played 9
8 Neels Courses Played 8
= Lohan Neethling Courses Played 8
= Franscois Marx Courses Played 8