Yellow 6047 metres, CR70.8/132
White 5694 metres, CR68.9/128
Blue 5302 metres, CR66.9/124
Red 4749 metres, CR64.6/111
Women’s white, CR74.9/141
Women’s blue, CR72.2/137
Women’s red, CR68.9/129
R140 affiliated pensioners
R300 Wednesday meat day
R350 midweek including cart
R425 Sunday including cart
Golf cart R350
Loutjie van Aswegen 1986;
William Van Merlo 2013
012 207 9101 or 067 373 3945
The Magalies Park 18-hole course is part of a First Group resort and spa close to Hartbeespoort Dam. The 120-hectare resort, offering self-catering chalet accommodation, plus hotel rooms, occupies an attractive position on the Magalies River, overlooked by the Magaliesberg mountain range.
The par-72 parkland-cum-bushveld course, with bent grass greens and kikuyu fairways, was built in the 1980s, the first one in the area, then redesigned in 2013 by PGA professional and club manager William van Mierlo, who has been involved at Magalies Park since 1998.
It has five par 5s and five par 3s to complement eight par 4s on undulating terrain which slopes from the mountain to the river. There are several tee shots from elevated positions.
The front nine is relatively short at 2823 metres (par 35), but the back nine (par 37) is 400 metres longer and more challenging. It is an out-and-back course (No 9 does not return to the clubhouse). However, No 10 is not far from the clubhouse (at the halfway house) and can be used as a starting tee on busy days.
The club offers affordable membership fees starting at R1 500 a year for pensioners (60 plus) and juniors, and has built up a substantial membership of 1120, making it the biggest club in the North West Golf Union. It is particularly strong in league golf and assisting juniors.
Magalies Park played host to the Sunshine Tour professionals for the first time in March 2022 when it served as the Pre-Qualifier for the MyGolfLife Open at Pecanwood close by. Divan van den Heever won that 18-hole event with an eight-under 64. The course proved a more difficult test than the 85 competitors may have expected, the average score for the round being 72.76. Four of the toughest holes were on the back nine, led by the 414-metre tenth.
The club hosted the SA Disabled Golf Open in both 2018 and 2019, and the 2023 North West Women’s Open, won by Kelly Hope on two-over 218. Caitlyn Macnab won the same title in 2019 on 207, including a 67, and Lindi Coetzee in 2018 on 211.
Magalies Park is part of the North West Golf Union and the resort is an excellent base for golfers wishing to explore other NWGU courses in the immediate area. These include the Jack Nicklaus design at Pecanwood (10 kilometres), Rustenburg (70km), Sun City resort (100km), Seasons-Eco (11km), and the 9-hole courses of Mooinooi (35km) and Sandy Lane (7km).
64 by Divan van den Heever, 2022 Pre-qualifier for Pecanwood DP World Tour event
Wynand Dingle shot 60 in the club’s Holiday Classic
2023 Doug McCabe & Karen Stanz
2022 Janko van der Merwe & Karen Stanz
2021 David-Luis Nortje & Karen Stanz
Janko van der Merwe, aged 13, won the Ernie Els SA Primary Schools individual title at Magalies Park in 2019. He was SA Boys Under-17 champion in 2022.
Short-game area close to clubhouse and putting green. Warm-up nets at first tee.
Magalies Park hosts the Holiday Classic, a 72-hole individual Stableford tournament for club golfers, between Xmas Day and New Year’s Day. Each day a different tee colour is used. There is R100 000 worth of prizes.
1/ Former champion boxer Kallie Knoetze is a regular player at Magalies Park, hosting his Meat Day competition every Wednesday, and has had four holes-in-one at the 14th. He used to be a frequent player at Pecanwood nearby, where he has had another two aces.
2/ Long-serving Club manager William van Mierlo, a AAA PGA of SA member, is one of golf’s allrounders. In his 25 years at the resort he has also served as the greenkeeper and three times been the club champion at Magalies Park (he played off +6). Also a qualified club fitter (he has a workshop in the pro shop). He has played a big part in the growth and improvement of the golf course.
3/ Magalies Park is unusual in having consecutive par-3 holes, Nos 8 and 9, a rare sight in South Africa on a course longer than 5000 metres. No 8 was originally a par 4 and had to be shortened for safety reasons. And another par 3 soon follows, at No 11.
4/ There’s an abundance of wildlife on the property, various buck species, wildebeest, monkeys, birds.
5/ Two Padel courts have been built in front of the clubhouse.
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