Crown Mines Golf Club was founded before the First World War, making it one of the older clubs in Johannesburg.
Situated in the Ormonde Valley, the first course was established almost 100 years ago, but has undergone a number of changes. It is located just six kilometres to the southwest of Johannesburg, and it is surrounded by reminders that Johannesburg is a gold-mining city.
Nearby attractions include Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park which is two kilometres away Â not that players in a professional tournament will have much time to think of that kind of entertainment!
They will have a chance, however, to admire the engineering genius of the FNB Stadium Â Soccer City Â which hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony and the final, while walking the fairways, as it is visible from most parts of the course.
A Gary Player design, 11 of the 18 holes feature water hazards, making the 6,915-metre par-72 layout challenging. In addition to the water, there is an old quarry, part of the Old Surmons Brick Works that needs to be negotiated when playing the par-three 17th hole.
The present course was constructed on one third of the Crown Mines mining area. In 1970, the club undertook a total rebuild, which was concluded in 1976.
The fairways are kikuyu, and the greens are bent grass.