Glendower Golf Club - The Classic Golf Experience

Glendower Golf Club is an exquisitely designed, highly ranked parkland golf course in Johannesburg, South Africa. A challenging golf course set amidst gorgeous surroundings, Glendower Golf Club is said to be a test for the world’s best golfers, hence the welcome return in 2013 where Morten Orum Madsen was victorious in lifting the trophy. Then in January 2015, Glendower hosted the prestigious 104th South African Open Championship, where Andy Sullivan won in a dramatic play-off against Charl Schwartzel to claim victory. The 104th SA Open formed part of the 2014 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit with Ernie Els as Ambassador of this prestigious Championship. 

One of the country’s true classics, Glendower Golf Club's association with the world’s second oldest Open dates back to 1989 when American Fred Wadsworth captured the coveted title. The club also hosted the 1993 championship, won by South African Clinton Whitelaw, and the 1997 championship that saw Fijian Vijay Singh defeat Zimbabwe’s Nick Price for victory. This was also the first time that the Open was hosted as a European Tour event. 
 

With a proud history dating back to 1935, Glendower has held many of the country’s flagship tournaments. In 1939 the club played host to its first major tournament, The Transvaal Open Championship. This was won by Mr A.D.”Bobby” Locke in a world record score of 265 shooting rounds of 66, 69, 66 and 64. Other national amateur championships include the 1986 Women’s 72-hole Teams Championship, 1987 SA Amateur and SA Stroke Play Championships, the 1993 SA Men’s Inter-Provincial and the SA Women’s Amateur and SA Stroke play Championships in 2003.

Glendower also hosted the 1964 South African Non-European Championships and has been home to the Sunshine Tour’s BMG Classic since 2009.

The course boasts lovely kikuyu fairways with 64 bunkers, 27 on the front nine and 37 on the back nine and water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes. Glendower truly offers a challenge and accuracy is the key. The golf course is a par 72. Glendower Golf Club offers brilliant practice facilities with Master PGA Professional Gavan Levenson and his Elite Golf Academy. The practice area is located behind the clubhouse, and the practice putting green is in front. Chipping Greens and bunkers can be found beside the 10th tee.

 

Glendower has a quality stocked pro shop and PGA qualified professional Rudy Whitfield along with his trained assistants can assist you with custom fitting of the best golf equipment, apparel and accessories at great prices.

For an unforgettable golfing challenge, make your way to Glendower Golf Club and come and enjoy the ultimate Classic Golf Experience – timeless quality every time!

HISTORY

In 1935 ten businessmen joined together, formed a company and purchased the farm “Glendower” with the purpose of creating a Country Club. The farm was 126 morgan in extent with much of it being taken up by plantations of trees. An English golf architect, Mr Charles Hugh Alison was employed to plan the course and a South African professional golfer, A.F.Tomsett, was assigned the task of the construction. It was also planned that the club should have a polo pitch but this was abandoned due to the high cost of leveling the ground.


The club was eventually opened on the 7th 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 Mr.A.D.”Bobby” Locke in a World Record score of 265 shooting rounds of 66, 69, 66 and 64. In 1946 forty 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 80’s 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 and at present we are rated the best course in Gauteng and have been rated in the top 10 by Compleat Golfer.

We have also been prestigious host to the South African Open in 1989, 1993, 1997, 2013 and 2015. The club has a wonderful history and with the foresight and efforts of previous and current committees we are prepared to continue our proud heritage into the new millennium.

We are proud to announce that we are hosting the BMW SA OPEN again in January 2016. 



CLASSIC GOLF EXPERIENCE

The Definition of "Classic"

  • Belonging to the highest rank or class
  • Serving as the established model or standard
  • Having lasting significance or worth
  • Exhibiting timeless quality
  • An artistic worth of lasting quality

 

This definition of "Classic" clearly describes the golfing experience at Glendower. It is all we represent and aspire to.

Every single experience that you encounter at Glendower is a Moment Of Truth.