Kyalami is perhaps better known in sporting circles as the race track used for the South African motor racing Grand Prix when it was held there between 1967 and 1993. The golf course near to the race circuit goes back even further in time though as it was originally constructed in 1955 to serve the golfing needs of the Jewish community in the Johannesburg 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 throughout. Several ponds and creeks come into play to keep things interesting, especially around the closing holes on the back nine.
Two of the most memorable holes on the card involve water and both are long par threes, played at either end of the course. The 195-yard 3rd will test your golfing mettle early on, when you’re just getting warmed up, then the 222-yard 17th will determine whether you’ve started to mentally tire late in the round.
Kyalami is set in an upmarket area, where all the horsey types live – you’ll find a classy clubhouse, friendly members and a beautifully maintained course. The facilities aren’t as big and grand as some of the other Jo’Burg courses such as Royal Johannesburg & Kensington or CCJ (Country Club Johannesburg) – but none the less it’s a really lovely set up.
Superbly manicured tees, fairways and greens with some really picturesque holes – and some great water hazards (if there is such a thing), make this a lovely course to play. Some of the par threes (particularly the 3rd hole) are gorgeous. Relaxing with a cold beer, in a lovely part of rural South Africa, is a great way to end the day and it’s great value for money at only £25 for a round.