The River Club - Gauteng - South Africa

The River Club,
Links Road,
South Africa

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Founded in 1967 by businessman Punch Barlow, the River Club is an ultra-exclusive golf club located in the well-to-do Sandton district of Johannesburg. Unlike most top South African courses, the River Club do not operate a pay-and-play facility so the only chance of a game here is through a membership or as a guest of a member (and caddies are compulsory).

Those fortunate enough to get a game here at “the Augusta National of South Africa” will find tree-lined fairways, interesting bunker complexes and first class greens laid out over gently undulating terrain. Water comes into play at several holes as the Braamfontein Spruit (“Bramble Fountain Stream”) flows through the property and is incorporated into the design at a number of holes.

Golf commentator Ewan Murray knows a good golf course when he sees one and in an interview with Dale Hayes he nominated the River Club as “one of the top ten courses in the world today. I think the last five holes at the River Club, collectively, are maybe the best five finishing holes in golf.”

Starting with the shortest par three on the course at the 14th and finishing with the right doglegging par four 18th (where the home green lies tantalisingly beyond a small lily pond), this closing stretch of holes is certainly one of the most demanding in all of the country.

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Description: Founded in 1967, the River Club is an ultra-exclusive golf club often referred to as "the Augusta National of South Africa". Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Kem Westdyk
There are only 2 private golf courses in South Africa, called BlairAtholl and the River Club (this excludes 2 or 3 courses owned by wealthy individuals for their persnal use). All other courses in the country can be played by anyone, although some need to be booked well in advance. The Rver Club is the original private cub of South Africa, and therein (probably more than the actual quality of the course) lies its appeal. I have played it 3 times and thoroughly enjoyed each experience, but there are quite a few better courses around. The course is, however, always in fantastic condition, the last 5 holes are as tough and well laid out as you would find anywhere, and the very traditional club house is fantastic. The best aspect of the course, in my opinion, is the halfway house, which offers, among many other treats, a peanut butter and crispy bacon sandwich that is out of this world. I would play the course just for this sandwich! Kem Westdyk, Johannesburg, South Africa
May 01, 2011
6 / 10
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