Wanderers - Gauteng - South Africa

Wanderers Golf Club,
Corlett Drive,
Ollovo,
Sandton,
Johannesburg,
South Africa


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  • Take Corlett Drive off ramp from the M1

  • Welcome Tuesday to Friday

  • Peter Hanley

  • Felix Oliver, Bob Grimsdell and Rob O'Friel

  • Lenn Flanagan

The Wanderers Golf Club moved to its present site in 1937, when it became clear that the club had outgrown its previous location. Felix Oliver was the man who laid out the original 10-hole course and this was extended to a full 18-hole layout by 1942. The prolific Robert Grimsdell is credited with modifying the course some years later then Rob O’Friel re-laid the greens and revamped the bunker complexes in 1999/2000.

Home to the very successful PGA tournament between 1972 and 1995, the Wanderers was a firm favourite of the professionals, where they relished the challenge of shaping tee shots through the long, narrow avenues of trees on this lovely parkland course. It was the PGA that finally persuaded the club to re-sequence the holes as they felt the old 9th hole was a better finishing hole than the 18th.

Water, in the form of ponds and streams, comes into play between holes 10 and 12 (where the floodlights from the famous Wanderers cricket ground loom large in the background) but the most difficult three holes are kept until the very end of the round. The long par four 16th plays uphill all the way, followed by an innocuous looking, but potentially card-wrecking, par three. The home hole at the 18th is rated stroke index three on the scorecard so no easy finish here!

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Description: Home to the PGA tournament between 1972 & 1995, the Wanderers was a firm favourite of the Pros, where they relished the challenge of shaping tee shots through the long, narrow avenues of trees... Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 1

This course definitely trades off its glorious past (it has held some big tournaments in days gone by). True, it’s got some lovely tight fairways, mature trees and is really well kept. But maybe because it is right in the centre of Johannesburg, and without the land to spare, but some of the surrounding roads (for a sensitive Brit) seem a bit unsafe. It just didn’t do it for me. You are constantly aware of the tall buildings and busy roads nearby. However, if you are in the centre of Jo’Burg and fancy playing an older, more established course which is still a good test then Wanderers is still worth the experience –and with all the hustle and bustle going on nearby you’ll know you are in the thick of it.
4 / 6
Wanderers
December 15, 2010


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