The outpost of Modderfontein – which dates back to 1894 – was the forefather of modern-day Johannesburg. The old gold mining town grew up on dynamite, which was used to blast the Witwatersrand hills, where around 40% of the world’s gold was mined.
We can therefore thank the Modderfontein Dynamite Factory – the world’s largest dynamite company – for inaugurating Modderfontein Golf Club back in 1935 and they commissioned Arthur Tomsett to design the course. Hugh Baiocchi made upgrades and revisions to the layout in the early 1990s.
Modderfontein is a challenging parkland course, which has played host to numerous important amateur tournaments. From the tips, the course can be stretched beyond 6,500 metres. Factor in the numerous water hazards, which feature on more than half the holes on the card, and you have rigorous golfing challenge.