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Bryanston

Sandton - Gauteng

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General manager: Paul Leishman
Golf director: Darrin Hedley
Greenkeeper: Jan Grobler
Club captains: Peter Everett & Louise Malan
Chairman: David Swart
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 73.4 out of 100
Conditioning14.8 / 20
Playability14.5 / 20
Aesthetics12.7 / 15
Design Variety10.2 / 15
Shot Values11.0 / 15
Memorability10.2 / 15

Course Summary

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

R620 weekday
R800 weekend

Course designer

Charles Alison 1955

Contact

011 706 1361
www.bryanstoncc.co.za

Previous ranking

29 (2023), 30 (2022) & 33 (2021)

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. 

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Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62, Mark Lumley in 2012 club champs. He won by 11.

Feature Holes

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.

Practice Facility

Modern 310-metre long range opened in 2022 for members and guests, close to first tee and clubhouse, and managed by Warrick Greentree. It is home to the Titleist National Fitting Centre managed by David Nortje, and the MyGolfPro fitment area with fitters Ulrich van den Berg and Ty Pyne-James. Bryanston has 10 PGA professionals, including teaching pros Llewellyn van Leeuwen, Julie Bruyns and Dean Nysschen.

Club Champions

2023 Collin Campher & Michelle de Souza
2022 Jaden Deltel & Di Johnstone
2021 Collin 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.

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Course Reviews
Conditioning is exceptional with some of the finest fairways you will play, and overall presentation outstanding, notably the waterways project on the stream running through the property and such an attractive hazard on 10 and 11. The opening two par 5s (1 and 2) are varied, with the second playing over water to a well-protected sloping green. Bryanston's par 4s (seven of the 10 exceed 400m from the yellow tees) demand accuracy due to the strong protection offered by mature trees. I enjoy the uphill 320m 13th and strong 405m 16th, one of the most demanding drives. And No 18th (stroke 3 and 435m) is a tough closer, with the waterway fronting the green. The BCC facility offering is excellent in every respect. I like the two spacious practice putting greens.
Jon James
10 February 2024
Playable parkland course in good condition, yet disappointing to see poor etiquette on the greens with many unrepaired pitch marks.
Mark Lynam
08 February 2024
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This country club offers more than golf and it was great to see families utilising the wide range of facilities. The greens had many signs of poorly repaired pitch marks. Mature trees frame the holes, a feature of many Gauteng courses.
Lihan van der Merwe
23 January 2024
Bryanston I found a surprisingly tight and cleverly designed course which defends itself well off the tee, particularly in the winter months when the ball is running on the firm fairways towards bunkers or water hazards or into the trees. Problems quickly arise if you're off line. The undulating terrain means there's only a couple of long holes which could be described as flat so being able to shape the ball one way or the other to suit the sloping contours of the terrain is a big advantage. The fairways are in magnificent condition so it's the best place to be. Much to admire about this classy club with its matchless easy-to-access facilities.
Dieter ten Haag
19 July 2023
One of my favourite parkland courses, always feel tested every time I play it. Iron shots need to be placed correctly otherwise your putting is going to be put under extreme pressure on the undulating greens. Which are running between 8 and 11 on the stimp all year round. My favourite course to play as the conditioning is consistently good. I always see the greenkeeping staff and club staff hard at work, ensuring the player experience is world class.
Dijon Tintinger
06 July 2023
Bryanston is celebrating its 75th anniversary and it would be fair to say the country club has never been in better shape, offered so many different quality facilities, or more popular with its many members. I read that the club has 92 members of more than 50 years standing, quite some loyalty. And two have been there for all 75! The course remains one of the more attractive layouts in Gauteng, a superb well-conditioned test on a beautiful undulating property. Five par 4s which stand out for me as exceptional are Nos 3, 10, 12, 16 and 18. The back nine is impressive. Since 2022, members and visitors also enjoy an outstanding modern range facility close to the clubhouse, plus a Titleist fitting academy.
Stuart McLean
03 June 2023
Bryanston doesn't always receive the fair reviews I believe it should, given the difficulty of the greens. This isn't warranted as the rest of the course sets up well for high and low handicaps alike. Tricky greens do not render the course an unenjoyable experience. Conditioning was great. Despite significant rain the drainage and playability of the course was as good as it has been in recent years.
Chris Wood
13 December 2022
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!
George Raubenheimer
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.
Stuart McLean
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.
Jon James
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.
Graham Jones
31 January 2022
Excellent parkland layout that challenges low and high handicaps alike. Conditioning is excellent, particularly the greens.
Chris Wood
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!
Stuart McLean
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.
David Stratton
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.
Stefan Rudman
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.

Guy Shaw-Smith
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.

Chris Wood
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.
Jon James
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.
Stuart McLean
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.
Paul Leishman
09 February 2020
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