A CLASSIC THAT JUST GOT BETTER
“I've never played here before, but I love the course. It's fabulous, a throwback to tradition in the centre of one of the major cities of the world.
"It's one of the best I've ever played, very visual, really well bunkered and extremely well set up. We don't get to play on many traditional courses any more and I was delighted.
"I could see this as a real potential venue for a U.S. Open if it was in America. It's so reminiscent of the great courses in the United States, it would fit in very well,"
Paul McGinley - Ryder Cup Captain, after playing in the 2013 SA Open Championship at Glendower GC.
Glendower Golf Club - The Classic Golf Experience
Glendower Golf Club is an exquisitely designed, highly ranked parkland golf course in Johannesburg, South Africa. A challenging golf course set amidst gorgeous surroundings, Glendower Golf Club is said to be a test for the world’s best golfers, hence the welcome return as host of the prestigious 103rd South African Open Championship for 2013.
One of the country’s true classics, Glendower Golf Club's association with the world’s second oldest Open dates back to 1989 when American Fred Wadsworth captured the coveted title. The club also hosted the 1993 championship, won by South African Clinton Whitelaw, and the 1997 championship that saw Fijian Vijay Singh defeat Zimbabwe’s Nick Price for victory. This was also the first time that the Open was hosted as a European Tour event.
With a proud history dating back to 1935, Glendower has held many of the country’s flagship tournaments. In 1939 the club played host to its first major tournament, The Transvaal Open Championship. This was won by Mr A.D.”Bobby” Locke in a world record score of 265 shooting rounds of 66, 69, 66 and 64. Other national amateur championships include the 1986 Women’s 72-hole Teams Championship, 1987 SA Amateur and SA Stroke Play Championships, the 1993 SA Men’s Inter-Provincial and the SA Women’s Amateur and SA Stroke play Championships in 2003.
Glendower also hosted the 1964 South African Non-European Championships and has been home to the Sunshine Tour’s BMG Classic since 2009.
The course boasts lovely kikuyu fairways with 64 bunkers, 27 on the front nine and 37 on the back nine and water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes. Glendower truly offers a challenge and accuracy is the key. The golf course is a par 72. Glendower Golf Club offers brilliant practice facilities with Master PGA Professional Gavan Levenson and his Elite Golf Academy. The practice area is located behind the clubhouse, and the practice putting green is in front. Chipping Greens and bunkers can be found beside the 10th tee.
Glendower has a quality stocked pro shop and PGA qualified professional Rudy Whitfield along with his trained assistants can assist you with custom fitting of the best golf equipment, apparel and accessories at great prices.
For an unforgettable golfing challenge, make your way to Glendower Golf Club and come and enjoy the ultimate Classic Golf Experience – timeless quality every time!