Kimberley GC

Designer: Bob Grimsdell
Style: Parklands
Par: 71
Fairway grass: Elliot Bent
Greens grass: Elliot Bent
Length: 6294 metres

Kimberley Golf Club was founded in 1890 – the same year that Cecil John Rhodes became premier of the Cape Colony. Rhodes was one of the club’s major benefactors, and it flourished with his support.

The course had humble beginnings – the greens began as sand putting browns, mats served for tees and dynamite was employed to blast stones from the fairways.

But it has since evolved through and in 1960 received renovation to its current Bob Grimsdell design – a parkland layout boasting Elliot grass tee to green.

It plays to a par of 71, and with the bent Elliot grass makes for a speedy track during the dry Northern Cape winters.

Kimberley Golf Club hosted the first South African Championship and welcomed a young Ernie Els into the winners’ circle in 1990 when he won the Spoornet SA Classic hosted by the club.

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