Yellow 6518 metres, CR73.7/138
White 6204 metres, CR72.0/132
Red 5349 metres, CR67.9/118
Women’s red, CR73.9/142
R220 Monday with cart included
R190 Tuesday & Thursday
R200 Wednesday & Friday
Cart hire R320
Bob Grimsdell 1948
016 932 3370
Emfuleni is a scenic and enjoyable parkland course near the Vaal River south of Johannesburg which has happily been restored to its former quality after years of neglect by an uncaring owner which forced it to close, even though it was part of a golf estate development.
In 2017 the estate home owners association appointed Timeless Golf to resurface the greens with bent grass, repair the bunkers and generally get the tree-lined course back into a presentable shape.
Iscor built the course for its employees when the industrial Vaal Triangle area was developed after the Second World War, with Bob Grimsdell as the designer. Emfuleni was soon being compared favourably to Maccauvlei 17 kilometres away on the other bank of the Vaal River, and hosted major amateur events in the late 1950s and early 1960s. But while Maccauvlei has beautiful river views, the Vaal is hidden from view at Emfuleni.
In the early years of the new millennium the property was redeveloped as a residential estate, and Golf Data were tasked with building six new holes, three on each nine, and upgrading the other 12.
Sean Quinn was the designer, and he has retained the look and character of the old Emfuleni on an estate where the houses are not intrusive. Modern greens make a difference. The sixth is an excellent par 5, with water fronting a narrow green, and that’s followed by an attractive short par 3 over a pond. There’s a stream on the back nine which comes into play on the dogleg par-5 tenth, the shortish par-4 11th, and par-3 12th.
The Sunshine Tour held the Emfuleni Classic in 2000, won by Des Terblanche.
66 by Christo Roos in March 2019; 66 by Ashley Roestoff and Robbie Stewart in 2000 Emfuleni Classic
2022 Jacques Marais
2021 Jeandre Pretorius & Olivia Tait
2020 Jaco van Aswegen & Diana Kadwell
2019 Vernon van der Walt
Former Emfuleni club pro Marthinus van Staden and club member Graham Hardy were partners in a betterball competition on September 24, 1997. Van Staden holed out with a 9-iron on the 146-metre seventh, called The Duckpond, and Hardy’s shot with a wedge followed him in for another ace.
Range in front of the clubhouse, between the tenth and 18th fairways.
Emfuleni has several attractive par 3s and par 5s, and strong par 4s. Water is in play on all the short holes. Three have hazards guarding the green, while the 12th has a stream right of the green. There are back-to-back par 5s on 9 and 10, and the round finishes with the 524-metre 18th. The third is a 471-metre par 4 from the back tees.
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