Johannesburg - Gauteng

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Club manager: Shaun Pohlmann
Club pro: Leo Whitfield
Greenkeeper: Johan Knell
Club captain: Steve Swain
Chairman: James Lazenby
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 65.6 out of 100
Conditioning13.8 / 20
Playability13.0 / 20
Aesthetics10.0 / 15
Design Variety10.8 / 15
Shot Values9.6 / 15
Memorability8.4 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6561 metres, CR73.9/138
White 6261 metres, CR72.3/133
Blue 6018 metres, CR70.0/127
Red 5443 metres, CR67.8/123
Women’s blue, CR76.2/150
Women’s red, CR73.6/144

Visitor green fee

R175 Wednesday,
R200 Tuesday-Thursday,
R220 Friday,
R250 Sunday PM,
R300 Saturday, Sunday AM

Course designer

Sid Brews 1973


011 682 1211

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Glenvista Country Club in the hills south of Johannesburg is something of a hidden gem, an enjoyable modern layout set in a valley at the foot of the Klipriviersberg Ridge. Its visitor green fee is among the lowest among Top 100 courses in Gauteng. The clubhouse stands atop a high slope with an attractive outlook over the holes. You access the course from the N12 highway at either Kliprivier Drive or Comaro Street.

A feature of this parkland course is the stream that flows through the property and comes into play on 13 holes. It also ensures abundant water for irrigation. The back nine has some outstanding holes of individual character, beginning with the superbly different par-4 tenth, with a fairway that slopes steeply down to a large dam. From there you go directly over the water to the pin.

Glenvista has an interesting history and in modern times would have been part of a golf estate. This was farmland when acquired in the 1960s by township developers Glen Anil. The golf course was to be the area’s main attraction. However, stands moved slowly, and the course took five years to build. Glen Anil owned the course until liquidated in 1976. The club and course came up for auction in 1978, with a reserve price of R50 000, and the members bid for it rather than risk having new owners who might evict them. With no other developers interested, they bought it for R65 000. Today, lavish homes dot the surrounding hillsides.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record


Feature Holes

There’s an excellent stretch of holes on the back nine starting at the dauntingly long par-4 12th, where you play from an elevated tee to a fairway bordered by out-of-bounds right and a stream left. Water needs to be carried on both the par-3s, 13 and 15, and in between them is a short dogleg par 4 with a narrow fairway. Two uphill par 4s conclude each nine.

Practice Facility

Warm-up range of 170 metres, putting and chipping greens.

Did You Know

1/ Dave Whitfield, the club’s head professional since 1982, passed away in January 2021 after retiring in 2020. He played the Sunshine Tour after a promising amateur career and was the PGA Club Pro of the Year in 2011. His son Leo, also a PGA pro, had taken over the pro shop at Glenvista. Another son Rudy is the club pro at Glendower.

2/ Glenvista hosted the men’s Northern Amateur in 1999, 2000 and 2003. The 36-hole 1999 final, where Jaco van der Merwe beat Jean Hugo, produced 17 birdies and two eagles. Hugo shot 60 in his semifinal against Derek Scullard.

Club Champions

2020 Caden Sanders (men)
2019 Helder Alves & Symone Henriques

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Glenvista provides a good test of accuracy on a tight layout. The greens were in good condition with some exacting pin placements. Definitely one to play if you have not headed to the south of Johannesburg in the late summer or early autumn. To test yourself tee up from the back tees and enjoy the experience.
Jon James
10 April 2021
Poor condition of the tees, plus litter and uncollected debris and cuttings lying around detracted from the excellent surface of the greens, which however do not hold very well.
Terry Knight
29 December 2020
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I had the opportunity to play Glenvista twice this year, before and after lockdown, and I found the greatest improvement to be their greens. Blindingly fast and yet receptive to a well played shot.
Sabelo Ndabazandile
24 December 2020
Magnificent condition in trying times.
Robert Lucas
22 December 2020
One of Joburg's hidden gems. Excellent winter greens, in far better condition than many of the "bigger names'' in Joburg. A good layout with great design value.
David Frost
10 September 2020
If Gauteng has any hidden gems, then Glenvista might be one, because its charms are not that well known outside the area. The club looks smart and welcoming. The course is scenic and has a splendid variety of interesting holes. The home owners on the ridge overlooking this valley must have a fabulous birds-eye view of the property. There's also a stunning outlook from the clubhouse. Currently in magnificent condition; the greens are flawless. Dave Whitfield has one of the best on-course pro shops.
Stuart McLean
15 March 2020
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