The Wanderers Golf Club

Corlett Drive & Rudd Rd, Illovo,

Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng 2116

  • Office

    +27 (0)11 447 3311
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)11 880 9682
  • Fax

    +27 (0)11 447 1596
  • Golf pro

    Lenn Flanagan
  • Academy

    The Wanderers Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Residential setting.

  • Designer:

    Robert "Bob" Grimsdell. Upgraded in 1999 by Rob O'Friel.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6548
6194
5381
Par
71
71
72
SSS or slope
72
71
71

Location

Latitude:

-26.133465

Longitude:

28.051835

How to get there:

3 km S of Sandton Centre (Sandton is in northern Johannesburg).

From the M1 highway just south of Sandton, take exit 22 (Corlett Drive) and follow Corlett Drive direction Illovo. After 2 km at the Protea Wanderers Hotel turn right into Rudd Road. After 100 mtrs turn right into Wanderers Golf Club.

The Wanderers Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1939

The Wanderers Golf Club: Located next door to the Wanderers Stadium, the home of Test match cricket in Johannesburg, the Wanderers Golf Club is another in this city's fine lineage of classical parkland golf courses. Quietly tucked away in the suburb of Illovo, and laid out on pleasantly undulating terrain, trees line many of the holes, although never too densely.

The excellent greens here are generally fast and true, with slopes and borrows that could easily send your ball wandering off its intended line. Often elevated, the greens are well-defended by good-quality bunkering; only occasionally does water also come into play.

Small ponds dangerously threaten in front of the green at the par-5 10th, alongside the par-4 11th and again in front of the postage-stamp green of the par-3 12th. The generally good-width fairways occasionally narrow down, as at the par-4 6th, presenting a tighter aspect from the tee.

Beyond the course you will get a good view of the Wanderers Stadium from the 10th hole, while large houses and villas are arranged around other parts of the course perimeter. You can also catch a glimpse of Johannesburg's downtown skyline from the highest part of the layout, at the par-4 14th and par-3 15th.

Maintenance standards are generally good, although in one or two places could be improved a tad. Overall this is a very pleasant and enjoyable course to play, and only a few minutes drive from the centre of Sandton.

List of courses: Around Johannesburg

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and Sunday afternoons. Closed Mondays.

Must book in advance. Handicap required

Green fees

Contact club for green fee details.

Other information

Non-metal spike facility. Caddies available at all times. White socks must be worn to accompany shorts.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

In addition to the golf course, Wanderers is also the name of the neighbouring cricket stadium - the home of Test Match (international) cricket in Johannesburg. Constructed in 1955, the stadium has hosted cricket at every level of the game, and most notably the Cricket World Cup Final in 2003 (won by Australia who comfortably defeated India).

The Wanderers Golf Club was originally located closer to the city of Jo'burg, moving to its current location in 1939. The course has hosted many top-level competition, including South African Sunshine Tour events and many South African PGA Championships (last played here in 1995 and won by Ernie Els).

Published ranking

South Africa's 66th best course (SA's Top 100 Courses, 2023).

Where2Stay

  • Protea Hotel Wanderers4-star

    Cnr Corlett Drive & Rudd Road, Illovo 2196, Johannesburg.

    +27 (0)11 770 5500

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    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).

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Wanderers

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); River Club; Bryanston; Killarney; Parkview; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses), Glendower.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Modderfontein; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses); Roodepoort; Dainfern; Kyalami; Blue Valley; Gardener Ross; Blair Atholl.

  • Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel4-star

    Cnr. West and Maude Streets, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg 2196

    +27 (0)11 269 7000

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    Located in the heart of Sandton, next to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, with the city's most upmarket shopping complexes, designer boutiques, restaurants, banks and entertainment facilities, all within a short walk.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Country Club Johannesburg (Woodlands & Woodmead courses); River Club; Bryanston; Wanderers; Killarney; Parkview; Houghton; Royal Johannesburg & Kensington (East & West courses).

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Glendower; Modderfontein; Randpark (Randpark & Windsor Park courses); Roodepoort; Dainfern; Kyalami; Blue Valley; Gardener Ross; Blair Atholl.

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