Hole-in-One Ave, Ruimsig,
18 holes. Open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Residential and rural countryside.
Co-designed by Gary Player and Ron Kirby
25 km W of Sandton Centre (Sandton is in northern Johannesburg).
Leave the Western Bypass (N1) at 14th Avenue (M8) junction. Drive west on 14th Ave, go under the Hendrik Potgieter overpass and join Hendrik Potgieter Drive (M47) direction Krugersdorp. After 8.8 km driving north-west along Potgieter Drive, turn right into Peter Road. After o.3 km turn left into Hole-in-One Avenue. After 1 km golf is on your right.
Ruimsig Country Club (formerly known as Roodepoort CC) has benefitted from the combined skills of not one but two distinguished course designers, Gary Player and Ron Kirby. The product of their work is a wonderfully laid out and always challenging course.
The terrain here is more open than on many of Jo'burg's parkland courses. Rather than tight tree-lined fairways, it is likely to be water hazards, substantive bunkering, quite thick grassy rough and perhaps the wind that will give you most to think about.
Eight ponds, large and small, and several water ditches will need to factored into your course management, with water hazards dangerously lurking in front of several greens or lying in wait for slightly wayward tee-shots. Only one of the par-3s is water-protected, but holes like the par-4 13th and par-5 14th will need some accurate hitting to avoid getting wet. The excellent greens here at Ruimsig are large, sometimes very large, and usually full of challenging slopes and borrows.
As the course radiates out from the impressive, green-roofed clubhouse, several of the holes climb a gradual incline to the north-east, giving some picturesque views onto surrounding hills and countryside. Although there are some good-sized houses along parts of the course perimeter, the overall feel here is one of linksy openness and space, quietly rural rather than busily suburban.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends. Closed Mondays.
Must book in advance. Handicap required
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2022].
Non-metal spike facility. Caddies available.
When close to (and hopefully not in) the water hazards, look out for the wonderful chattering array of birdlife. Some of South Africa's most interesting and colourful birds inhabit the reeds and rushes - including bright yellow weaver birds, red bishops and the long-tailed widow bird (shown above).
71st best course in South Africa (SA Top 100 website, 2022).
Constantia Boulevard, Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort 1715
+27 (0)11 767 5600Visit website
Ideally situated close to the N1 highway just off 14th Avenue in Roodepoort, this lodge offers business and leisure guests 106 rooms in a variety of double, inter-leading and twin configurations. Spacious rooms with maxi showers, ample free parking, a swimming pool, breakfast facilities and an evening bar service.
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171 Hole in One Avenue, Ruimsig 1724, Roodepoort
+27 (0)11 958 0236Visit website
A warm welcome awaits at the Hole in One Guest House, situated in the Westrand, overlooking the Roodepoort Country Club as well as the Roodepoort sports stadium. Guests can experience the rare pleasure of true guest house quality and hospitality.
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