In 1935, 10 businessmen joined together, formed a company and purchased the farm ÂGlendowerÂ with the purpose of creating a Country Club. An English golf architect, Mr Allison was employed to plan the course and a South African professional golfer, AF Tomsett, was assigned the task of the construction.
The club was eventually opened on the 7th March 1937. Such was the standard of the work and layout that after only two years the club played host to its first major tournament, The Transvaal Open Championship. This was won by Mr.A.D.ÂBobbyÂ Locke in a World Record score of 265 shooting rounds of 66, 69, 66 and 64. In 1946 forty professionals from South Africa and Rhodesia played in a tournament for 100 pounds, the largest purse ever for a South African tournament at the time. In 1973 the club was proclaimed a Nature Reserve. This proclamation was in order to preserve the excellent bird-life that is to be found on the course.
During the 80Âs the course saw a major face change. All 18 greens were reshaped and rebuilt, new tee positions were added, existing water hazards were cleared and extended and new water features added at a number of holes. The changes have made the club one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in South Africa and at present we are rated the best course in Gauteng and have been rated in the top 10 by Compleat Golfer.
Glendower has also hosted the South African Open in 1987, 1993 and 1997. It Hosted the BMG Classic for the first time in 2010 and will once again play host to it this week.
Hole 1: Par 4, 407 metres
A nice, friendly opening hole easing you into a challenging round of golf. Favour the right side of the fairway as this will open the green with your approach shot. A mid to short iron to the middle of this green will avoid the green side bunker and the water to the left of the green.
Hole 2: Par 5, 509 metres
This is a very tight and demanding par 5 where hitting the fairways is a must. Water runs along the left side of this hole all the way to the green. Players should favour the right side of this hole with their drive as well as their approach shot, as this will lead to an easier pitch shot to the green.
Hole 3: Par 3, 201 metres
A tough par 3 where players are faced with water in front and to the left of the green, Players should favour the right side of the green. But beware of the bunker.
Hole 4: Par 4, 465 metres
A stroke one well worth its weight in gold. A well struck tee shot favouring the left side of the fairway with a mid to long iron in for your approach to a two-tier green which is well protected by greenside bunkers.
Hole 5: Par 4, 460 metres
ItÂs new, its long, itÂs a beast. A good drive favouring the left side of the fairway will leave you with a long iron or fairway wood into a tiered green that is bunkered on the left and right side. Making par on this hole will make your day.
Hole 6: Par 3, 182 metres
Quickly catch your breath as this par 3 is no slouch. Pin point accuracy is needed here as the front right of this green is protected by water and the undulated three-tier green is not to be taken lightly. Favour the middle of this green.
Hole 7: Par 4, 444 metres
A hole of beauty, water runs down the left side of the fairway and cuts through the middle of the fairway about 60 meters short of the green where two big bunkers protect the left and right side of this big undulating green. Favouring the left side of this fairway will not only open the entrance to the green but also shorten the hole and leave you with a mid to long iron for your approach.
Hole 8: Par 5, 477 metres
A short par 5 with a bite, players should favour the left of the fairway just short of the bunker as this will open the hole up allowing you to pin point your 2nd shot as the entrance to the small green is narrow and protected by greenside bunkers.
Hole 9: Par 4, 367 metres
Finding the fairway on this uphill par 4 will leave you with a mid to short iron into a green protected by water in front and to the right and a bunker to the left. Finding the middle of this green should you see home in par.
Hole 10: Par 4, 463 metres
A beautiful hole that will make you smile or make you cry. Favour the right side of the fairway as this makes your approach with a mid to long iron a little longer but easier as most of the water is taken out of play and the entrance to the green is opened up.
Hole 11: Par 4, 396 metres
This tee shot is demanding as itÂs over water to a fairway that runs away from you. Water comes into play on the right side of the hole, so favouring the left side of the fairway just short of the bunkers will leave you with a short iron to a long and narrow green.
Hole 12: Par 4, 372 metres
Dynamite comes in small packages. This hole gives you 2 options off the tee: Option 1 Â You can either lay-up short of the stream that runs across the fairway leaving you with a mid to long iron into a small undulating green. Option 2 Â take on a challenge of carrying the stream successfully will leave you with a short iron in for your 2nd shot, but be careful of the stream left of this hole As it runs very close to the side of this green.
Hole 13: Par 5, 522 metres
Risk and reward, this is the longest of the par 5Âs and for the longer hitters favouring the right side of the fairway will give them a chance of reaching this green in two. Players will face a daunting 2nd shot with a long iron or fairway wood to a green surrounded by water. For most players this par 5 is a 3 shot.
Hole 14: Par 3, 158 metres
This short par 3 is protected by bunkers all around the green. Finding the middle of this green with a mid to short iron is very important as this two-tier green has a bite.
Hole 15: Par 5, 500 metres
A good par 5 with water down the left side and bunkers on the left and right side of the fairway. Players should favour the left side of the fairway as this will make your lay-up approach easier. The 3rd shot is the toughest shot here; this big green is very sloppy and undulating. Finding the right level is the key to scoring on this hole.
Hole 16: Par 4, 403 metres
Taking dead aim at the bunker in the middle of the fairway is the way to go. As the left side of this fairway not only makes the hole shorter, but also opens the entrance to this green. A mid to short iron is needed to approach this three-tier green and leaving your ball on the correct level is crucial.
Hole 17: Par 3, 203 metres
The toughest of the par 3Âs, any tee shot short or left will fall by the way side, this elevated two tier green is protected by a greenside bunker on the right and finding the middle of this green is golden.
Hole 18: Par 4, 412 metres
Almost home. This par four has two fairway bunkers encroaching on the right side of the fairway so players should favour the left side of the fairway. A well struck tee shot will leave players with a mid to long iron into a big undulating green. The entrance to this green is protected by bunkers in front as well as both sides of the green.