Sandton - Gauteng
General manager: Paul Leishman
Golf director: Darrin Hedley
Assistant greenkeeper: Jan Grobler
Club captain: Pravesh Jadhu
Chairman: David Swart
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 73.4 out of 100
Conditioning14.9 / 20
Playability14.8 / 20
Aesthetics12.7 / 15
Design Variety10.2 / 15
Shot Values11.1 / 15
Memorability9.7 / 15
Four tees / Par 72
Yellow 6560 metres, CR73.8/135
White 6323 metres, CR72.6/133
Blue 5821 metres, CR70.0/128
Red 5371 metres, CR67.7/120
Women’s white, CR79.0/147
Women’s blue, CR76.1/141
Women’s red, CR73.3/135
Visitor green fee
Charles Alison 1955
011 706 1361
33 (2021) & 39 (2020)
Bryanston prides itself on having a clear vision of its role as a country club in the Sandton community. It is a club which focuses on the family, through all the generations, and social events, explaining why it has reached a record number of 3 000 members in recent years. Outstanding service levels from management and staff, excellent catering, plus clubhouse refurbishments, has helped keep members happy and proud of their club.
The parkland course is a sprawling affair on attractive undulating terrain, and there are many challenging par 4s at Bryanston. The original club property was vast and likely could have housed 36 holes. For many years Bryanston had a distinctly rural look to it before parcels of land were sold for development.
Bryanston was in the middle of the countryside, far from Johannesburg city centre, when the club was founded in 1948, and construction of the course began in 1949. The design was by prominent English architect Charles Hugh Alison, who worked with Harry Colt, but he never got to see the final product. Under the supervision of Tommy Tomsett, Koos de Beer and the club’s long-serving pro Jimmy Bullock, it took six years to build all 18 holes. The back nine was opened in 1951, and the full course in 1955.
A wide waterway, deep in places, runs through the centre of the course, coming into play on several holes, and as part of their long-term planning the club has invested heavily in upgrading it so that it improves the aesthetics of the property and has running water at all times of the year.
Additional Course Facts
62, Mark Lumley in 2012 club champs. He won by 11.
The front nine opens with back-to-back par 5s, and ends with a downhill par 3. The tenth is one of Gauteng’s most classic long par 4s, very much an original hole in design terms with its fairway curving left around the edge of the waterway, and then crossing the hazard. The back nine is packed with strong golf holes, culminating in the daunting par-4 18th which slopes downhill and then leaves a long second to a green on the other side of the waterway.
Modern 310-metre long new range opened in 2022 for members and guests, close to first tee and clubhouse. Head teaching professional Leigh-Jane Middleton manages the club academy and there are three other teaching pros, Llewellyn van Leeuwen, Julie Bruyns and Dean Nysschen. The range is also home to the Titleist National Fitting Centre managed by Andrew Plint, and the separate MyGolf Pro fitting centre for other brands.
2022 Jaden Deltel & Di Johnstone
2021 Colin Campher & Stephanie Barbaglia
2020 Mark Lumley & Kaiyuree Moodley
2019 Jaime Lewis & Leigh Thackwray
Did You Know
1/ Big tournaments have been few and far between at Bryanston. It hosted the 1969 women’s SA Amateur, and 1977 men’s SA Amateur; the next SAGA event was 40 years later, the 2017 men’s Premier Interprovincial.
2/ Bryanston won the 2017 John Collier Survey Award for good governance and compliance among SA golf clubs. “Bryanston excelled in turf and water management, biodiversity planning and monitoring,” said the report.
3/ General manager Paul Leishman, appointed in 2010, is recognised as one of South Africa’s top managers, and has played a leading part in the club’s renaissance. His tenure has seen a relaxation of the dress code and onerous rules, making the club fun for members. Bryanston became a genderless club in May 2020.
4/ The course’s first nine was opened in 1951 by club president Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, who launched the Anglo-American Corporation in 1917.
5/ In June 2012 holes-in-one were recorded at the 11th on three consecutive days, by Glen Whittaker, Mike Greer and Nick Gordon.
Course and Facilities Rating
Bryanston is a truly “classy” golf facility. Nothing is “average” or "that will do." There is attention to detail all around this track. If you take into consideration the location it’s amazing the feeling that has been created of the countryside, not at all the Business District. The SA Top 100 website rates Bryanston's fairways at No 1 in the country and they have got this spot on. The fairways are remarkable. It's as if they’ve been ironed out. This is especially impressive if you consider the amount of rounds played here. No signs of wear and tear! Take a bow boet!
18 April 2022
Bryanston's status as one of SA's premier golf clubs has risen substantially in recent years. The golf course is manicured to perfection and presented outstandingly, while the range of facilities and activities in and around the clubhouse are a member's dream. Pickleball and walking trails are new. We have several clubs like Bryanston equal in stature with the best in the world in terms of a quality membership experience, service and sociability, dining and entertainment, and a fraction of the cost elsewhere. The club's new modernistic range defines what Bryanston now stands for and offers. The old range could best be described as adequate. The new facility is an attraction. Top-grade mats, Titleist practice balls, target greens, two separate fitting centres (one Titleist, one generic) in a central building where you can sip a coffee while testing clubs, and a team of bright teaching pros under Leigh-Jane Middleton, winner of the PGA of SA's Grow Golf Award in 2020.
14 April 2022
Bryanston is an institution as a country club in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The course is currently in exceptional condition, with some of the best fairways you will play in early autumn. The leaves are changing colour on the many mature trees and tee shots are running on the closely mown areas. The greens are true and present consistent surfaces. Our fourball had several birdies on the par 5s (Nos 1, 2, 15, 17) while, in contrast, the par 4s are testing, especially the seventh (stroke 4) and 10th which was playing over 450m in the club competition (stroke 1). The par-3 11th is a gem, often playing close to 190m off the club tees with water short right. You will take par and run! The new range has been well received by members and enhances the overall Bryanston experience as one of the best run member clubs in SA. This includes excellent service and a superb 19th adding to the atmosphere and energy. The club excels at the basics – keeping members enjoying their golf and providing an outstanding club offering.
08 April 2022
Greens were fantastic, fast and true, like putting on glass. We played 36 holes in a tournament and even after 90 golfers in the field had passed through twice they were holding their line. Fairways were good considering the amount of rain, credit to the drainage system. Bunker sand penal, ball sits low. But to be expected on a championship layout. Facilities are a cut above, a great allround experience.
31 January 2022
Excellent parkland layout that challenges low and high handicaps alike. Conditioning is excellent, particularly the greens.
27 January 2022
Bryanston has become one of the best conditioned courses in Gauteng, and the beautiful presentation of the layout is one of the features of playing at this gently rolling course, where many of the greens also roll with their challenging slopes. And the club will in February 2022 open one of the top range facilities in the country. This multi-million rand project, currently under construction and 300 metres in length, is long overdue and will enhance the Bryanston experience for members and visitors. The country club already has outstanding clubhouse facilities, a superb pro shop, and one of the most perfectly situated halfway houses, overlooking the ninth and 18th greens. Lucky members!
09 December 2021
Bryanston has matured over the years. The planting of trees and their growth has had a noticeable impact in recent years. The greens have superb surfaces, although the contours can be extreme in places, limiting the choice of pin positions.
14 February 2021
One of the best courses in Gauteng. The greens are pure and fast, some of the best greens I have played. A challenging championship layout, yet one that offers birdie opportunities.
13 February 2021
It was a wonderful trip down memory lane having grown up playing Bryanston. The condition was fabulous and I loved being back. I did however miss the rough veldt grasses which were so much a part of the old Bryanston. But one can't complain when one finds a course in world class condition. The kikuyu has made it long and this oldie seemed to use the driver and rescue a lot. Well done to all at BCC.
12 February 2021
Bryanston is a great test of golf, requiring not always the longest shots into the greens, but rewarding accuracy off the tee and into greens. Conditioning has been excellent of late, despite much work being done in and around the course. Greens remain challenging but have settled over the years and are more than playable, while being a stern test depending on where flags are placed.
13 January 2021
Bryanston continues to set the standard as a members club in Gauteng. The presentation of the course is excellent. Holes 10 and 11 present a strong challenge with narrow landing areas and well protected greens. The standard of service, the offering to members, and the enjoyment factor, are up with the best. Bryanston offer the full package for the avid golfer, family and junior members.
21 November 2020
Much work has gone into improving the look of Bryanston and it has enhanced the experience. The waterway which runs from the left of the 10th fairway through to 16 is an outstanding piece of construction and was a huge capital investment. The run-off areas around the greens have been closely mown, giving golfers more options for recovery shots. Bryanston are big on planting new trees, and have an area on the eighth where the incoming captain each year plants one: a praiseworthy tradition.
20 March 2020
Course condition has improved tremendously in past year and, with great rains, Bryanston is probably in best condition ever. New waterways refurbishment and indigenous grasses has transformed holes 10 to 12. Four new tees another improvement. Trees cut up for easier playability and allow more growth underneath.
09 February 2020
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