Randpark (Bushwillow)Randburg, Gauteng
- AddressSetperk Rd, Randpark 268-Iq, Randburg, 2194, South Africa
- Championships hosted
Located in the northwest suburbs of Johannesburg, Windsor Park was the original name of the club that was formed in the early 1940s.
Twelve holes were established initially and these were extended to a full 18-hole layout by 1948. Robert Grimsdell then redesigned the course four years later and it is his routing that has remained intact for over half a century since.
The course is typical of many older courses in Johannesburg where tree-lined fairways and water hazards dictate the playing strategy. Such classic parkland courses seem to improve with age as trees mature and add greater definition around the property.
Over time, the Windsor Park course was overtaken by the Randpark (now called Firethorn) layout as the premier 18 holes on the property but the situation is changing following a 2.5 million Rand modernisation programme that completed in March 2012. The work was extensive and included reconstructing all bunkers, reversing the nines and various changes to greens and tees. The new and updated course is now called Bushwillow and we’re sure it will continue to progress upwards in the South African national rankings.
Randpark Golf Club hosted the 2019 South African Open for the first time in eighteen years. The first two rounds, prior to the cut, were staged on both the Firethorn and Bushwillow courses before rounds three and four were concluded on the Firethorn. For the first time in his career, national hero Louis Oosthuizen emotionally claimed the SA Open title.
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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.