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

Kyalami

7th Gauteng - Best in Area 28th South 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

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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San Lameer

9th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area 59th 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

14th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area 83rd South Africa Ranking

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

17th Kwazulu Natal - Best in Area 94th 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

25th Western Cape - Best in Area 95th 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 Frikkie Bosman Courses Played 8
= Hobbo Courses Played 8
= Heinrich du Preez Courses Played 8
= Dawie Strydom Courses Played 8
= Franscois Marx Courses Played 8
= Gideon Steyn Courses Played 8
= Trevor King Courses Played 8
= Alex Rossi Courses Played 8
= Stuart McLean Courses Played 8
= Les Coetzee Courses Played 8