- Address1 Nightingale Cres, Rant-En-Dal, Krugersdorp, 1739, South Africa
Formed in 1900, Krugersdorp Golf Club lies in the western suburbs of Rant-En-Dal – translated from Afrikaans, it means “hills and valleys” – and the tree-lined fairways of the course are certainly laid out on hilly terrain.
The club had something of a nomadic existence in its early years, moving several times before Bob Grimsdell established an 18-hole course in 1938. Fifty years later, Grimsdell’s associate Bill Kerr re-routed some holes and designed a new par three hole to accommodate a motorway that now runs through part of the original layout.
The quartet of par threes here (at the 4th, 6th, 11th and 14th) are all excellent short holes and the best of these is probably hole 6, measuring 151 yards from the regular tees. Played slightly downhill, the green is guarded to the front and right by water, with sand also protecting the putting surface to the front and left of the hole.
The three closing par fours truly separate the strong from the weak in a very demanding finish to the round. The 16th measures over 450 yards with a stroke index of 3. It’s followed by a tough hole that doglegs sharply left before the 18th then doglegs right to a green that sits behind a rather menacing water hazard.
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Bob Grimsdell was a skilful professional golfer and the pioneer of golf course architecture in South Africa whose legacy has been largely overlooked outside of his adopted homeland.