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 levelling 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 it’s 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 Rodesia 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.
Glendower also hosted the 1964 South African Non-European Championships along with other national amateur championships which 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 and African Amateur in 2018, and has been home to the Sunshine Tour’s BMG Classic since 2009.
Glendower welcomed the return of the South African Open Championship in 2013 where Morten Orum Madsen was victorious in lifting the trophy. In January 2015, Glendower hosted the prestigious South African Open Championship once again and was home to the Championship until 2018.
A challenging golf course set amidst gorgeous surroundings, Glendower Golf Club is said to be a test for the world’s best golfers.
The course boasts lovely kikuyu fairways with 64 bunkers, 27 on the front nine and 37 on the back nine with water hazards on 11 of the 18 holes.
Glendower truly offers a challenging Par 72 layout and accuracy is the key. For those who may need a good warm up or a tweak here and there to their game Glendower offers brilliant practice facilities including top rated PGA teaching professionals Fanie Viljoen and Tyrone Twilley on site to assist anyone in need. The practice area is located behind the clubhouse, with a large practice putting green in front of the club house veranda. 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 experience, a challenge you will not forget, make your way to Glendower Golf Club and come and enjoy the ultimate Classic Golf Experience – timeless quality every time!
Director of Golf