Golf started in Observatory over a 9-hole course in 1912 and Observatory Golf Club was officially established in 1914, with the course extended to 18 holes in 1922.
Observatory Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Johannesburg still operating from its original ground, celebrating their 93rd anniversary this year.
The layout of the course has changed somewhat in this time. The course is not that long, but with narrow fairways and smallish greens, is a true test of intellectual golf.
Hole 1 415m par 4
A good drive will leave you 150m to a well bunkered green. The left side should be avoided as a steep bank slopes away from the green.
Hole 2 502m par 5
This is a good par 5 with emphasis on a good drive down the right hand side of the fairway. The approach shot is a risk reward shot with a sloot protecting the right hand side should you go for the green in two.
Hole 3 416m par 4
Dog leg left with a stream running through the start of the dog leg going up the hill. Depending on your choice of the tee box, you will have anything from 200m to 150m in to the pin.
Hole 4 181m par 3
Downhill par 3 with a steam in front of the green and a well positioned tree on the left.
Hole 5 370m par 4
What a great little par 4.You will drive from a elevated tee box over a stream and a tree protecting the right side of the fairway. The long hitters can go for the green but do not stray left or right or you will end up with a bogey.
Hole 6 337m par 4
Dog leg to the right up the hill. A high fade will leave you a wedge into the green.
Hole 7 507m par 5
Another risk and reward hole. You must hit it long in order to go for this green in two. Most players lay up in front of the dam protecting the green. From here a wedge will put you on the green.
Hole 8 189m par 3
Not too many problems on this par three. Two bunkers in the front of the green. Club selection is important.
Hole 9 494m par 5
Not a hole for the unfit. A good drive will leave you a three wood into the green on this uphill par five, Be careful not to go through the green on your approach shot.
Hole 10 430m par 4
This is the stroke one with out of bounds on the right. The green is long and narrow with trouble on both sides.
Hole 11 141m par 3
A well bunkered par three with many pin placement options.
Hole 12 393m par 4
Do not be fooled by this hole, it looks straight forward from the tee but a errand tee shot will put you in lot of trouble. The green is small surrounded by bunkers and a steep slope on the left with out of bounds on the right.
Hole 13 342m par 4
If you like a narrow fairway this is your hole. The fairway has a waste bunker on the right and a embankment on the left. The green is elevated and small.
Hole 14 478m par 5
A slight dog leg to the right. This a birdie hole for most.
Hole 15 120m par 3
Pulpit par three with a tiny green. You must hit the green or you will most likely make a drop.
Hole 16 331m par 3
Dog leg to the left. Another opportunity for a birdie.
Hole 17 386m par 4
Long narrow fairway, you have to hit a good tee shot as the fairway is lined with trees on both sides. The green is slightly elevated and is not easy to hit.
Hole 18 387m par 4
A nice hole to finish on, not too much trouble from tee to green if you find this green you will have a good chance for a birdie.