Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC (West course)

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC (West course) Est. 1890

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Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC (West course): Of the two excellent courses here at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, the West course was the first to be established, with the East course following in the 1930's. Although the West may not quite hit the sublime layout standard of the East, it is still a thoroughly absorbing course, with many well laid out holes to test and challenge your game. Whereas water is predominantly confined to the back-nine on the East course, it makes its presence felt at over half the holes on the West, spread evenly between both front and back nines. The teasing 5th hole may be one of the shortest water-fronted par-3's in Johannesburg (at only 111 metres from the back tees), but the par-3 16th is an absolute gem - a fabulous downhiller played to a fiercely water-protected green. With an absence of busy roads and very limited housing around the course, you will enjoy this quiet golfing oasis, with occasional picturesque views onto neighbouring hills. Trees will doubtless play their part in your round, with many attractively tree-lined fairways weaving their way around the gently undulating terrain. The West's back-nine occasionally rubs shoulders with the East course, as it builds to its challenging finish. Water is dangerously in play throughout the par-5 15th, and at the aforementioned par-3 16th. The closing two holes revert to classic parkland form, with the tight tree-lined par-4 17th played to a small, wickedly sloping green, before it hands over to the gently curving and elegant par-5 18th.

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Making Contact

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
1 Fairway Ave, Linksfield North,
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2192
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)11 640 3021
Pro Shop   +27 (0)11 485 4899

  +27 (0)11 640 9419

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Golf Pro
Martin Briede (Head Teaching Professional)
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The Royal Academy
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland and residential.
Designer: Original course at this location laid out by Laurie Waters (1909), which has evolved into today's West Course with several revisions and upgrades along the way.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6516 5841 5280
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 72 71 70
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 East course (6940 metres)
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How2Get There?

7 km SE of Sandton Centre (Sandton is in northern Johannesburg).
Leave the N3 Eastern Bypass at exit 116 (Linksfield Road - M16). Drive west on Linksfield Road passing the Linksfield Terrace Shopping Centre. After 0.6 km go straight over at traffic lights into Club Road. After 2.8 km turn right into Gemmil Road, then right again through the security point, and left into Denny Dalton Road. Golf is o.8 km along Denny Dalton Road and Fairway Ave.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2014/15 visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays R600; Sundays R660. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and on Sundays.  Must book in advance. Handicap required
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Walking permitted at all times. Golf carts available for hire (if booked in advance).
Accredited and graded caddies available at all times.
Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The stream that meanders through the lower parts of the East and West courses, is one of many that flow through Johannesburg's northern suburbs. Just north of the golf course, the stream flows into one of Johannesburg's larger rivers, the Jukskei, which itself joins the Crocodile River north-west of Johannesburg, which in turn flows into the Hartbeespoort Dam. | Royal Johannesburg & Kensington is one of four golf clubs in South Africa honoured by exercise of the Sovereign's royal prerogative. The Royal titles were conferred on Royal Cape (1910), Royal Port Alfred (1924), Royal Johannesburg (1931) and Royal Durban (1932) by King George V.

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Published Ranking
2016 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 29th best course of the 450 courses in South Africa.
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Latitude: (-26.156088)
Longitude: (28.107834)
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The Grace in Rosebank 5-star
54 Bath Road, Rosebank 2196, Johannesburg
+27 (0)11 280 7200

The Grace is an ideal choice for guests seeking a sophisticated city hotel with the highest levels of service and luxury, as well as that personal charm found only in small establishments. Set in the heart of stylish Rosebank, a secure, leafy suburb that is cosmopolitan and rich in eclectic restaurants, shopping, cinemas and culture.

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Golf within 10 km Killarney; Parkview; Wanderers; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses); River Club; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses).
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Golf within 30 km Glendower; Modderfontein; Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); Bryanston; Roodepoort; Dainfern; Kyalami; Blue Valley; Blair Atholl; Gardener Ross.
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Protea Hotel Wanderers 4-star
Cnr Corlett Drive & Rudd Road, Illovo 2196, Johannesburg.
+27 (0)11 770 5500

The Protea Hotel Wanderers is situated in the green belt of Johannesburg, in the prestigious northern suburb of Illovo. Located within the secure grounds of the historic Wanderers Club, the hotel is just a short walk away from the Wanderers Club (50m), Wanderers Cricket stadium (500m), Wanderers Golf Course (500m) and Planet Fitness Health & Fitness Centre (400m).

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Golf within 10 km Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); River Club; Bryanston; Killarney; Parkview; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses), Glendower.
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Golf within 30 km Modderfontein; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses); Roodepoort; Dainfern; Kyalami; Blue Valley; Gardener Ross; Blair Atholl.
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