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Ruimsig

Roodepoort - Gauteng

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CEO & Golf director: Wayne Hill (PGA of SA pro)
Golf manager: Graham Smith
Greenkeeper: Norman Prior (Matko Group)
Club captain: Mike Nourse
Chairman: Marius Jacobs

Course Summary

Four tees / Par 72

Yellow 6866 metres, CR75.0/133
White 6555 metres, CR73.5/132
Blue 6073 metres, CR70.8/127
Red 5529 metres, CR68.0/121
Women’s blue, CR77.7/145
Women’s red, CR74.2/138

Visitor green fee

Weekday R280;
weekend R330

Course designer

Gary Player 1986

Contact

011 958 1905
www.ruimsigcc.co.za

Ruimsig was the first Gary Player design in Gauteng, and this undulating modern championship layout in the West Rand is renowned for superb golf holes and the outstanding quality of its large greens complexes, with their slick putting surfaces.

The volume of rounds played at Ruimsig has in recent years made it one of the most popular courses within the Central Gauteng Golf Union.

It is now part of a residential estate, but when the course opened in 1986 it was on farmland in the countryside. Today it is the central social hub of a large community, as rapid development in the region has seen suburbs expanding westwards towards Krugersdorp 12 kilometres away. The large clubhouse is now proving its worth, with multi-functional venues and north-facing patios overlooking the course. It’s a key venue for corporate and charity golf days.

Ruimsig has always been a big course, and was the original venue for the televised Skins matches which were all the rage in the late 1980s and early 1990s. John Daly and Gary Player were regular participants.

With few trees on the property the course is exposed to the wind, and was designed by Player as an “inland links.” It still retains those characteristics, with its rolling terrain and undulating greens.

The club offers innovative membership models in various categories, including a midweek membership deal of unlimited golf.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by Marc Karam in 2002
Central Gauteng U-23 champs

Feature Holes

The 13th is an exciting risk-and-reward short par 4, 308 metres from the club tees, which often entices longer hitters to try and drive the green, which is protected by water on the left. The fourth is an attractive downhill par 5, with a water hazard on the inside of the dogleg as the fairways curves left. The par 5s are strong, and each nine ends with one. A stream runs in front of the green at the ninth, while at No 14 there are numerous water hazards along the right side of the fairway and around the green. The 18th has two water hazards on each side of the fairway in the driving area.

Practice Facility

A 270-metre long range open to the public with 20 bays and short-game area, managed by teaching professional Hennie Rootman (Advanced Technology Golf Centre). There is a clubfitting workshop. Membership options for using unlimited golf balls.

Did You Know

1/ Ruimsig is the biggest supporter of Playmoregolf in Gauteng, with more than 8 000 rounds a year.

2/ Marc Karam was a 16-year-old member at Ruimsig when he shot a 10-under 62 in the 2002 Central Gauteng U-23 champs.

3/ The club’s first greenkeeper was Phil Jacobs, who went on to become Gary Player’s right-hand man in his South African design team, creating many great courses together.

4/ Home club member Ivanna Samu at age 15 won the 2014 women’s SA Amateur held at Ruimsig.

5/ The club hosted the 2003 men’s SA Amateur Championship. The strokeplay winner was Albert Kruger and matchplay Anton Haig.

Club Champions

Ryan Wingrove & Rouchelle Eksteen

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You're missing out if you haven't played here. No trees but a true test of golf, especially if the wind gets up. Greens generally in great condition as is the rest of course. Out of bounds plays a big role on several holes.

Sandor Kovacs
18 April 2020
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