Krugersdorp - Gauteng
General manager : Jason Syme
Greenkeeper: Johan van Vuuren
Golf director: Calvin Caldeira
Club captain: Brian Cornelissen
President : Ian Scott
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 66.4 out of 100
Conditioning13.5 / 20
Playability14.0 / 20
Aesthetics10.7 / 15
Design Variety10.4 / 15
Shot Values8.8 / 15
Memorability9.0 / 15
Four tees / Par 72
Yellow 6761 metres, CR74.5/137
White 6477 metres, CR73.1/133
Blue 5768 metres, CR69.0/126
Red 5435 metres, CR67.2/122
Women’s blue, CR75.8/142
Women’s red, CR73.6/138
Visitor green fee
Golf cart R380
Bob Grimsdell 1938
011 660 4365
74 (2022) & 71 (2021)
Krugersdorp is an attractive and challenging parkland course on the western outskirts of Gauteng, which enjoys a lower profile due to its relative isolation outside the “golfing belt.” It offers attractive views of the Magaliesberg range to the north.
The challenge of the course comes in its many dogleg holes, the tree-lined fairways – it’s a softly undulating property – and well-protected greens, either with bunkers or water hazards. There are three par-5s in the first seven holes, and the front nine par is 37 to the back’s 35. There are five strong par 4s in the last six holes, the downhill 18th being the shortest of them.
The club has enjoyed a strong and loyal membership. Among several who played for South Africa at senior and junior level was Arthur Stewart, who won the 1958 SA Open in Bloemfontein as an amateur, and 1957 SA Amateur at Humewood. More recent stars have been the De Smidt brothers, Ruan and Darin, sons of former club GM Derek de Smidt, who passed in 2021, and Simon du Plooy, currently in the SA international squad.
The clubhouse has an attractive 19th hole in the form of a large lapa sheltering the central courtyard.
Additional Course Facts
64 by Ruan de Smidt in Big Easy Tour event 2020
The tree-lined course opens with two par 5s. The first is a distinctive 514-metre par 5 which doglegs hard right and calls for accurate position off the tee and with the second shot, while No 2 heads in the opposite direction with water guarding the green. The sixth is a feature par-3, 185 metres from the elevated back tees to a green on the left edge of a large water hazard. The 15th, once a par 5, and 16th are testing long par 4s.
Full-size range with grass bays between the seventh and eighth holes, close to clubhouse. Hitting nets at first and tenth tees. Short-game facility and large putting green. Teaching pro is Calvin Caldeira.
2023 Simon du Plooy & Belinda Mans
2021 Hannes Strooh
2020 Hannes Strooh (age 15) & Cindy Dalton
2019 Reinhardt Erasmus & Charmain Reyneke
Did You Know
1/ The club was founded in 1900. Golf has been played on this site since 1933, firstly a 9-holer. Five years later it had grown to 18. In 1983 the routing changed after part of the property was lost to R28 highway which now borders the course, and connects to N14.
2/ Krugersdorp became a mining city after the discovery of gold on the farm Paardekraal in 1880s, and the industry played an important role in its development.
3/ A club legend is octogenarian Stan Johnson, a member since 1954, who has played in 66 club championships, winning three. He represented Western Transvaal at more than 20 Premier Interprovincials before the club was incorporated by Central Gauteng Golf Union in the 1990s. Springbok and SA Open champion Arthur Stewart won 11 club championships between 1954 and 1973.
4/ The club hosted 2007 SA Junior boys championship. The titles went to Gauteng North golfers Johan de Beer (strokeplay) and MJ Daffue (matchplay).
Course and Facilities Rating
There's a new, extended tee box on the ninth hole. I noticed because it's a long walk back there from the eighth green. It stretches this excellent dogleg right par 4 to 394 metres. It's only the fifth longest par 4, yet tricky. You need to judge the dogleg carefully, the tee shot requires a fade. Anything too long runs down a slope into the trees on the far side. From there you have no shot at the flag. The green is lengthy and narrow, guarded by a prominent bunker on the left. The new tee, opened December 2022, was thoughtfully dedicated to Derek de Smidt, a big part of the club for 30 years as pro and manager until his passing in 2021. A memorial bench alongside the tee is a nice touch.
10 June 2023
Krugersdorp is a surprisingly long course, which perhaps explains why the club has produced so many exceptional golfers the last 75 years. Numerous internationals, and a SA Open champion in Arthur Stewart. It's 6839 from yellow tees, and 6477 from white. There is no hole where you can relax, and the easiest is the 488m second, a dogleg right par 5 fronted by a large water hazard. Most greens are on the narrow side and strongly protected by hazards. Tall trees framing fairways provide additional defence off the tee, so the loss of about 40 mature trees this past summer due to the incessant rainfall was a blow to the club. The overall conditioning is exceptional; greens smooth and quick, tees superbly cut and presented, bunkers consistent, and fairways well grassed and tight. Krugersdorp have different 19th holes for summer and winter. Summer sees everyone relaxing in the courtyard lapa which is a distinctive feature of an attractive clubhouse, while winter is by the fire in the upstairs bar and lounge.
26 May 2023
Krugerdorp is a cauldron of massive trees and if you are accurate and long you can ace this course. The club is an old one and the layout is simple. The greens are well looked after and receptive. They absorb all those approach shots even the flattish ones. The course is in great nick and the rough is tough! The bar area is down to earth and welcoming. Just beware of all those branches!
16 February 2022
I was impressed with the course condition. Some thoughtful and interesting holes make for an excellent day out. The layout gets you thinking off the tee and well placed bunkers keep you on your toes throughout the round.
28 January 2022
This course is one of the toughest in Gauteng and a pleasure to play.
10 January 2022
This is an attractive and demandingly strong parkland layout, full of good looking tree-lined par 4s, although in terms of design it is repetitive in places, with similarly shaped holes, greenside bunkering, flattish putting surfaces and artificial-looking water hazards. The course does cry out for some fairway bunkering on wider fairways which would at least place a premium on accurate tee shots in these times of 300-metre drives. There are some interesting and tricky dogleg par 4s though, notably on the tenth, one of the better holes. Another is the 17th. The course is home to several magnificent pines of gigantic proportions, and the unique thatched rain shelters are superb constructions.
07 December 2021
I have been playing this Gauteng course as part of Harlequin Divots, the nomadic media golf group, for 20 years. Krugersdorp has been in top condition all those years, and it is the friendliest, most welcoming club. No stiff upper lip treatment like many other courses in the rankings.
13 February 2021
One of my favourite Gauteng courses. Great shot values and a real test. This gem was in magnificent condition despite heavy rains in the past week.
27 December 2020
What an absolute beaut of a course. Comparable to some of the top courses in Gauteng and always in great condition.
18 April 2020
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