Glendower

Designed by: Arthur Tomsett, Charles Hugh Alison
Type: Parklands golf course
Holes: 18
Par: 72
Fairway grass: Kikuyu
Greens grass: Bent grass
Length: 6,770m

It has been said that Glendower – as a test of golf – is without equal in South Africa. Water comes into play on 11 of the holes. The aesthetically pleasing second hole is one of the best par-fives to be found anywhere, requiring an accurate tee-shot to a fairway flanked by trouble both left and right and a water hazard next to the green.

In 1935, 10 businessmen joined together, formed a company and purchased the farm ‘Glendower’ with the purpose of creating a country club. An English golf architect, Charles Hugh Allison was employed to plan the course and a South African professional golfer, Arthur Tomsett, was assigned the task of the construction.

The club was eventually opened on 7 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 Bobby Locke in a world record score of 265, shooting rounds of 66, 69, 66 and 64.

In 1946, 40 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 80s 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.

Glendower has also hosted the South African Open in 1987, 1993 and 1997.

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