Schoeman Park Golf Club, as it is known today, had its origin in 1904 when a few Scottish members of the old Bloemfontein Railway Institute started playing golf on a nine-hole golf course. Today the Club building and grounds still belong to Transnet, but the club is a separate legal entity, operating as a section 21 Company.

The year 1957 was a highlight in the club’s history when the present 18 hole golf course was officially opened. Another exciting moment was on 28 February 1998 when the new Bent grass greens and rebuilt 10th green were officially put to use for the first time.

The trees lining the fairways are probably the most outstanding feature of the par 72 golf course with a course rating of 72. Bunkers are mostly found only around the greens and a few shallow water hazards make holes, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 12 very interesting.

Well known golfers like Ian Palmer and Hendrik Buhrmann started their golf careers as juniors at this club. Peter Vorster was a member of the club when he won the SA Amateur Championships in 1975.

The club was the venue for an amateur golf test between South Africa and Brazil in 1975, for the SA Amateur Championships in 1995 and for the SA Inter-provincial in 2000. Several summer professional tournaments were also played at the club since the early 1970’s. Past winners include well-known names in South African golf like Alan Henning, Dale Hayes, Cobie Legrange, Jeff Hawkes, Tony Johnstone and Clinton Whitelaw.


Golf officially began in Bloemfontein when Dr CH Bidwell placed an advert in the local newspaper “The Friend” which simply read “It is the purpose to form a golfing club in Bloemfontein for which purpose a meeting for those interested in the game and desirous of joining the club will be held in the council chambers at 6 o’clock on Saturday afternoon next, 3rd February 1894.

Golf in Bloemfontein has grown over the past 115 years and the parklands layout which was originally designed by Bob Grimsdell at the present location near to the Bloemfontein Airport and has since been upgraded and redesigned by Matchovich and Hayes.

The Bloemfontein Golf Club is a club steeped in tradition but has also adapted and moved forward with the times. BGC is a member based club and we are proud to host many corporate days of the leading companies in Bloemfontein.

We are proud to have hosted an exhibition match between Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in 1966 as well as the South African Open Championship in 1958 and 1963.

BGC has been host to the Vodacom Origins of Golf Tournament on the Sunshine Tour for the past 5 years and we are honoured to have hosted numerous inter provincial tournaments over the last 10 years.

The standard of the course is important to the members and we strive to improve the condition as well as add minor changes to the layout so as to offer a course that is a challenge off the back tees as well as being fun and playable off the other tees.

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