Glendower Golf Club has been ranked 4th in South Africa by Golf Digest Magazine in their latest Top 100 courses list for 2021. It crept onto the radar of UK golfers when it played host to the 2017 South African Open Tournament and a battle ensued between Graeme Storm and Rory McIlroy. The play off was eventually won by Storm giving him the bragging rights and his second European Tour title. Since then it has become more and more requested by overseas visitors on a golfing holiday.
The course opened in 1937, the culmination of two years work by a group of ten businessmen who formed a company with an idea of creating a country club from the farmland. Much of the farm was given over to a tree plantation, giving it a ready supply of wooded areas which were incorporated into the design by the English golfing architect, Charles Hugh Alison.
Glendower famously hosted the 1939 Transvaal Open Championship which was won by Bobby Locke with a record score of 265. Since then, the club has hosted the South African Open 8 times, with Vijay Singh becoming the first non-white player to win a South African Open at the course, narrowly edging out Nick Price.
In 1985, the course design was updated with all of the greens reshaped and rebuilt to USGA standard. New tee positions were added and extended and new water features included on eleven of the eighteen holes, making it a better test for modern day golfers.
For more information about playing golf at Glendower Golf Club or other South Africa golfing holidays, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 to speak to our South Africa golf holiday’s team.
Glendower Golf Course Information:
- Holes : 18
- Par : 72
- Type: Parkland
- Length Mens White : 6588m
- Length Ladies Red : 5475m
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