Blair Atholl

Lanseria - Gauteng

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GM & Golf director: Paul Marks
Greenkeeper: Jan Hendrik Duvenhage (STM)
Club captain: Bradley Reimer

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Gold 7523 metres, CR78.2/152
Silver 6742 metres, CR74.1/143
Bronze 5875 metres, CR70.5/125
White 5530 metres, CR67.3/121
Women’s bronze, CR76.3/143
Women’s white, CR72.3/133

Visitor green fee

R1 350 including cart and
halfway house.

Course designer

Gary Player 2007


011 300 5700

The Blair Atholl Golf & Equestrian Estate was built on Gary Player’s former Gauteng home and stud farm, where some of South Africa’s great polo and race horses were raised. It is in a beautiful rural setting, far from the noise and bustle of city suburbs. 

Player remains passionate about the estate, and the championship course he designed was inspired by his love for Augusta National. It might be his last in South Africa, and a wonderful legacy to leave. Player’s love for thoroughbred horses saw the establishment of an equestrian centre. 

Blair Atholl is an exclusive and private lifestyle estate, but tee times are set aside for visitors who book ahead.

The spacious layout – surrounding farmland was also acquired – undulates through tranquil rolling countryside and indigenous bush – there are 250 000 trees on the property. Like Augusta National, there are a surprising amount of elevation changes, and the fairways are invitingly wide. On the opening par 5 the clubhouse quickly disappears from view as the fairway falls steeply downhill to a green adjoining a large water hazard.

The beauty of the layout is that it ambles far into the countryside, rather than looping back to the clubhouse, and has just the one starting tee. The halfway house comes after the eighth, an idyllic setting on a wooden deck under the trees overlooking the Crocodile River. The clubhouse is briefly seen at the 12th green before a final loop of six strong finishing holes, including South Africa’s most challenging par 4, 512 metres from the back tees and playing uphill. And it is six metres shorter than the par-4 15th! At least that plays downhill.

It’s a long walk, and golfers have the option of taking a golf cart, a caddie, or both.

Blair Atholl is three kilometres from Lanseria Airport, a gateway airport to Sun City, 140 kilometres away. The Cradle of Humankind is close.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

60 by Charl Schwartzel in a social round

Feature Holes

The fast-flowing Crocodile River runs through the course and the fourth is a fearsome dogleg left par-4 where the tee shot has to carry the river. Player modelled this hole on the famous 13th at Augusta. The hole before that is a magnificent par 3, reminiscent of the 12th at Augusta National, except that it asks for a long carry over a sunken pond to an elevated green. The par-3 eighth is played from a high tee to a green on the opposite bank of the river. On the back nine the 10th is a terrific par 5, the well-bunkered fairway sloping down to a stream, then climbing again to an elevated green. The long 15th is a memorable downhill par 4 with beautiful views over the countryside.

Practice Facility

Range and short-game area close to the first tee.

Club Champions

2020 Joshua Reimer
2019 Regan Steyn

Did You Know

1/ Blair Atholl is proud to have two Masters champions as members, Gary Player and Charl Schwartzel. Player became the club’s first honorary life member at the tenth anniversary dinner in 2017. There is a life-size statue of the Black Knight near the first tee.

2/ Schwartzel owns a home at Blair Atholl, and has the lowest score, a 12-under 60 playing in a social fourball.

3/ At 7 523 metres (8 230 yards) from the back tees, Blair Atholl is one of the five longest courses in the world – No 1 is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain GC in China at 7 800 metres.

4/ Blair Atholl from the gold tees has seven par 4s of between 434 and 518 metres, three of the par 3s are between 213 and 222 metres. The longest hole is the 594-metre 13th.

5/ Golf director Paul Marks is a Master PGA of SA professional, and immediate past chairman of the PGA.

6/ The clubhouse includes the Gary Player Fitness Centre, with state of the art training equipment. The estate has mountain bike, running and walking trails, fishing, tennis, squash courts and its own private spa.

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An absolute tester in the wind. An enjoyable first eight holes, followed by the best setting of a halfway house of any course I have played, right on the Crocodile River. The river is not only a beautiful feature in the way it flows through the course, but also influences play on several holes. The back nine is a monster, 500 metres longer than the front nine, and you're continually pounding away on one massive hole after another. And this is from the club tees (silver), not the back gold tees.
Sabelo Ndabazandile
14 September 2020
This beautiful course is one of only a few with 5 par 5s and 5 par 3s. A real treat and always in superb condition. A beast of a hole is the 16th which measures up to its reputation as one of the longest par 4s you'll ever play. The course is a delight to the eye and a true test of your game.
Sandor Kovacs
16 April 2020
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Blair Atholl is back on track to be considered worthy of a Top 10 ranking. This is a "Big" course so be sure to choose the right tee box which suits your ability. Few clubs provide a better halfway stop than the one following the eighth on a tree-lined deck overlooking the Crocodile River. The superb service and faire complements the overall outstanding experience.
Roy Jones
04 April 2020
Blair Atholl has a terrific aura about it, both in terms of its rugged African setting in the hills outside Johannesburg and the sense of space. Few golf courses have such a large footprint. Every hole is in its own individual corridor. You feel alone out there. The greens are huge -- collectively they add up to more than 10 000 square metres -- and brilliantly designed with creative slopes and run-off areas. If you don't drive the ball at least 250 metres, play the forward tees to get maximum enjoyment.
Stuart McLean
22 March 2020
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