The River Club Golf Course


4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   The River Club Golf Course Est. 1967

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The River Club Golf Course: Located in Johannesburg's leafy northern suburbs, the River Club is regularly rated one of the top courses in South Africa. However, unlike others in the top echelon, this is a fully private course, only open to its members and their guests. If you should get the opportunity to play here, you will find a classical parkland fusion of tree-lined fairways, picturesque but threatening water hazards, and top quality greens and bunkering.

The terrain is gently undulating, with the layout containing many attractive dog-legging holes and some inspired par-3s. The course never wanders too far from the elegant clubhouse, not even on the arguably more interesting back-nine. At the par-4 13th, par-3 14th and par-5 15th you come closest to the Braamfontein Spruit, a tributary of the Jukskei River (see Did You Know section below).

This thoroughly enjoyable and challenging layout packs quite a punch at the end with the long par-3 17th requiring a serious carry over water, and a real do-or-die finale at the par-4 18th, with a potentially long approach into a well-bunkered and water-protected green. The River Club, benefitting from many fewer rounds being played on its pristine fairways, probably heads the list of Joburg's elite in terms of quality of upkeep and presentation.

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Making Contact

The River Club
Links Road, Sandton,
Johannesburg, Gauteng 
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)11 783 1166
Pro Shop   +27 (0)11 783 1166
Fax

  +27 (0)11 783 7248

Email   golf@rivclub.co.za
Website   www.rivclub.co.za
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Residential and woodland.
 
Designer: Originally designed by Robert (Bob) Grimsdell, with later improvements designed by Rob O'Friel (1998).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6500 6146 5250
Par 71 71 71
SSS or Slope 72 71 70
 
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How2Get There?

3 km NW of Sandton Centre (Sandton is in northern Johannesburg).
Heading north through the northern suburbs of Johannesburg on William Nicol Drive, turn right into Ballyclare Drive at the Bryanston Shopping Centre. After 2 km turn right into Coleraine Road. After o.6 km turn right into Jukskei Road. After o.4 km turn left into Links Road.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Outside visitor fee not applicable; members only course.
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Who can play and When?
River Club is a private club. Guests may only play if hosted by a member.  Handicap required.
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Other Information
White socks must be worn to accompany shorts.
Caddies compulsory.
Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

The River Club is located alongside one of the major streams to flow through northern Johannesburg - the Braamfontein Spruit (which translates as Bramble Fountain Stream). Like the other streams, it joins into the Jukskei River, which then joins the Crocodile River north-west of Johannesburg, which in turn flows into the Hartbeespoort Dam. >> The club's logo features a Southern Red Bishop. These brightly coloured birds are a common sight throughout much of South Africa, particularly where reed beds and marshes are present.

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Location

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Latitude: (-26.077952)
Longitude: (28.037458)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

The Michelangelo Hotel 5-star
Nelson Mandela Square, West Street, Sandton, 2146 Johannesburg
+27 (0)11 282 7000
www.lhw.com

This elegant hotel, located in the heart of Sandton, captures the spirit of a bygone era. The hotel offers unsurpassed attention to detail and ensures that individual needs and tastes are catered for in every possible way. Beautiful Renaissance-inspired décor ensures that guests enjoy the utmost luxury both in their private suites as well as in the lounges and other public areas of the hotel. Exit the hotel and you are immediately in the shopping and restaurant centres of Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); River Club; Bryanston; Wanderers; Killarney; Parkview; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses).
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Golf within 30 km Glendower; Modderfontein; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses); Roodepoort; Dainfern; Kyalami; Blue Valley; Gardener Ross; Blair Atholl.
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Town Lodge, Sandton Grayston Drive 4-star
Cnr Grayston Drive & Webber Road, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg.
+27 (0)11 784 8850
www.citylodge.co.za

This 142-room hotel is situated in Sandown, within 3 minutes drive of the shopping and restaurant centres of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square. A patio overlooking the swimming pool makes the hotel a relaxing spot in the hub of Sandton.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); River Club; Bryanston; Wanderers; Killarney; Parkview; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses).
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Golf within 30 km Glendower; Modderfontein; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses); Roodepoort; Dainfern; Kyalami; Blue Valley; Gardener Ross; Blair Atholl.
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Only golf courses featured in Where2Golf.com are mentioned above.
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