Kempton Park

Designed by: Bob Grimsdell and Bill Kerr
Type: Parklands golf course
Holes: 18
Par: 71
Fairway grass: Kikuyu
Greens grass: Bent grass
Length: 6,289 metres

The 18 holes of Kempton Park Golf Club will host this week’s event on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage .

Proclaimed as “the greenest course in eastern Gauteng,” the kikuyu fairways and bent grass tees are expected to play fast due to the dry winter of South Africa’s north. The forecast for both days of strokeplay is full sun and no rain.

The 46-year old course has challenged golfers since 1965 and is located on Zeefontein farm, which originally covered the entire Kempton Park area.

Golfers will look to take advantage of the fairway speed on the par-fives offered by four, eight, 12 and 13 on Kempton.

The course features water hazards on seven of its 18 holes, enticing players into riskier shots. The most difficult of these are the fourth and the 14th with water hazards and out of bounds flanking their fairways.

Accurate driving will see players succeed over the 6,289 metre course which rewards confidence and often sees leaders shoot well under its par of 71.

The field of 98 professionals will be ready for the parklands style of the golf having played at nearby Glendower just a week prior.

Many will look to bouncy fairways for long drives and quick greens for long putts. Rescue shots can also be expected as a result of this challenging course.

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