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General manager: Darryl Williams
Operations manager: Fonz Jardim
Club pro: Kyle Puttick
Greenkeeper: Etienne Coetzee (Golf Data)
Club captain: Tex van Straaten
Chairman: Mark Anders (Global Golf)
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 74.1 out of 100
Conditioning13.7 / 20
Playability16.0 / 20
Aesthetics12.4 / 15
Design Variety10.5 / 15
Shot Values11.0 / 15
Memorability10.5 / 15

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6631 metres, CR74.9/134
White 6369 metres, CR73.5/132
Blue 5761 metres, CR69.4/135
Red 5334 metres, CR67.0/127
Women’s blue, CR75.7/144
Women’s red, CR73.2/135

Visitor green fee

Affiliated R280 weekday;
R410 weekend.
Non-affiliated R590

Course designer

Arthur Tomsett,
Koos de Beer 1955


010 594 0034

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Playing golf at Kyalami CC in the heart of Gauteng is a proper escape from the busy city areas into the countryside, 18 kilometres from Sandton City. It’s a rural retreat, although still substantially populated with attractive large homes. No busy roads, no sounds of traffic on the golf course, just the quiet ambience of the country air.

But Kyalami owes its high ranking not only to its attractive Aesthetics but its strong qualities as a well-designed and challenging golf course. It’s not many that can boast 18 good golf holes. Kyalami certainly does not have a weak one.

That wasn’t always the case. The course had no significant pedigree until it was upgraded in the early 1990s under the supervision of club stalwarts Brian Wilson and George Adelaine. Improvements continued throughout the next two decades, with the greens being rebuilt in 2011. In the new millennium the club committee had the vision to invest in their water storage facilities. The existing dams on the course were substantially enlarged, deepened and cleaned out. Today they provide the club with nearly 30 million litres of water.

This also brought more of these water hazards into play for golfers, which today means that water is a factor to consider on nine of the 18 holes. But the course’s true strength lies in its superb variety of testing par 4s. On the gently undulating terrain of the property, every par 4 has a unique look to it. Six of them exceed 400 metres, and two other holes, 5 and 10, play much longer than the distance on the card.

Yet even with these championship credentials, Kyalami has never hosted a Sunshine Tour event. It was the venue for the 2007 men’s Premier Interprovincial and 2016 SA Senior Amateur. Interestingly, the only player to break par in any round was the champion Steve Williams, with a 70. 

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

65, Michael Faasen

Feature Holes

Kyalami has four excellent par 3s, and few in Gauteng can be as daunting as the 186-metre third and 200m 17th. From a slightly elevated tee the third asks for a long carry over water to the green, with a bail-out area into bunkers on the right. The 17th plays longer than its distance, and has a large dam protecting the entire left side of the hole. The 560m ninth is a proper 3-shot par 5 from the back tee, where a further challenge still awaits on the sloping green.

Practice Facility

Spacious range next to clubhouse, and a large practice putting green.

Club Champions

2020 Chris Corna & Samantha Henry
2019 Terence van Straaten & Jo Anna Webb

Did You Know

1/ Kyalami has one of the strongest course ratings in the country, 74.9 off its back tees and 73.5 off the club tees for men, 75.1 for women off the red tees, so most visiting golfers can expect to get two or three shots on their course handicap. However, the Slope is not high, meaning it is very playable for high handicaps.

2/ Kyalami was a rural country club when first established, and today it’s situated in the equestrian heartland of Gauteng, rubbing shoulders with the horsey crowd. Bridal paths flank the course. The famous SA Lipizzaners centre is close by.

3/ Kyalami has always been a Top 50 course, and its current position of 23 is the highest it has achieved.

4/ A nice touch in the car park is the shade cloth covering to protect vehicles from the sun.

5/ The club hosted the 2020 Central Gauteng Open won by Yurav Premlall with a 54-hole total of 16-under 200. Five players shot 66: Premlall, Werner Deyzel, Casey Jarvis, Kieron van Wyk and Josh de Aguiar.

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Kyalami has been in great condition. It's a well-balanced layout with variety in the shots required.
Leon Bevan
06 July 2021
A memorable golfing experience and startlingly excellent design considering this parkland course comes from humble beginnings without the benefit of having a "name" architect behind it. It has one good challenging hole after another on naturally flowing land. Undoubtedly the best course in SA never to have hosted a big tournament, possibly because the club kept a low profile for many years and is situated out in the "countryside." Saying that, there are two relatively weak par 3s in comparison to everything else, the sixth and 17th. This latter hole with a green alongside a dam is tough and slightly unfair for most golfers because of its length and bunkering, and there is much room for improvement.
Stuart McLean
05 May 2021
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Kyalami has seen better days. Tees and greens were well below Gauteng course standards and have definitely gone backwards. Course and surrounds were really poor, rough was unkempt. There really has been very little improvement to the course over a long period. Everything needs a haircut!
Jamie Thom
25 March 2021
I enjoyed Kyalami, with the fairways running firm and fast and the conditioning lovely and green. That was prior to the big rains in Gauteng. The course throws length and accuracy to challenge you on every hole.
Chris Wood
14 January 2021
The better you drive the ball the more you will enjoy Kyalami. There's a real thrill to splitting fairways here. Gauteng is blessed with a wealth of wonderful parkland courses, and this is among the best in the region.
Stuart McLean
27 February 2020
One of the most under-rated courses in Gauteng.
Sabelo Ndabazandile
27 February 2020
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