Roodepoort - Gauteng
CEO: Megan Spencer
Golf manager: Graham Smith
Greenkeeper: Matkovich Golf Course Maintenance
Club captains: Hennie Hamman & Debbie Swanepoel
Chairman: Marius Jacobs
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 67.2 out of 100
Conditioning13.8 / 20
Playability14.5 / 20
Aesthetics9.6 / 15
Design Variety10.0 / 15
Shot Values10.5 / 15
Memorability8.8 / 15
Four tees / Par 72
Yellow 6820 metres, CR74.5/138
White 6486 metres, CR72.8/135
Blue 6029 metres, CR70.3/133
Red 5494 metres, CR67.7/121
Women’s white, CR80.0/150
Women’s blue, CR77.3/144
Women’s red, CR73.4/137
Visitor green fee
Golf Cart R420
Gary Player & Ron Kirby 1986
011 958 1905
71 (2022) & 73 (2021)
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.
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 golf days, functions and events.
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 unlimited golf packages.
Additional Course Facts
62 by Marc Karam in 2002
Central Gauteng U-23 champs
The 13th is an exciting risk-and-reward short par 4, 308 metres from the club tees, often enticing 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 the 14th 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.
A 270-metre long range open to the public with 20 bays and short-game area, managed by teaching professional Christian Olivier. There is a clubfitting workshop in Gavin Drummond’s pro shop.
Did You Know
1/ 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.
2/ 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.
3/ Home club member Ivanna Samu at age 15 won the 2014 women’s SA Amateur held at Ruimsig.
4/ The club hosted the 2003 men’s SA Amateur Championship. The strokeplay winner was Albert Kruger and matchplay Anton Haig. In 2014 Graeme Watson won the SA Mid-Amateur Championship.
2023 Billy Greyvenstein & Shannon Butler
2022 Stephen Johnston & Shannon Butler
2021 Kieron van Wyk & Mariana Meyer
2020 Rory Garton & Zelda Meyer
2019 Ryan Wingrove & Rouchelle Eksteen
Course and Facilities Rating
Ruimsig represents good value, a pleasure to play, with putting surfaces among the best in Gauteng. The bunker project is coming along with most of the front nine traps completed. The course has good variety between risk and reward, notably on the par 5s and the long testing par 4s. The uphill sixth is a proper test with a well-guarded green. The design of the par 3s is varied, with 7 and 17 requiring a well struck long iron. The stretch from 13 to 15, short par 4, par 5 and long par 4, has water hazards lurking off the tee or on the approach. The 14th has a small green, challenging to hold. The winter links-like run does change the way the course plays at this time of year. Worth testing yourself off the back tees with so much additional roll.
22 July 2023
The greens are the standout feature of Ruimsig, and the main attraction of playing here. Creatively shaped by Gary Player Design in the 1980s, with a minimal amount of slopes, and boasting magnificent putting surfaces. They were running at 11 in the recent club championships, and even at that speed are very playable. Ruimsig are repairing each of their greenside bunkers this year, and the feeling is that several might be filled in. Some holes do have a preponderance of bunkers around the greens, but again the bunkering is another feature of the design. Ruimsig, with its long holes and wide fairways, is something of a bomber's paradise though. The bushveld trees on the property (I spotted a beautiful paperback thorn behind the eighth green) are not really in the field of play to cause any problems.
25 May 2023
Every time I visit Ruimsig it seems they have moved the club tees further back to the tips, which makes it long to play and walk. This is a nice track, with excellent greens, but length overtakes creativity. A personal problem for me was not being able to use the men's locker room to shower after the round. Cameras have been installed as a security measure, but this affects the privacy of golfers. Why don't they rather lock the outer door to the parking lot and have one entrance inside the clubhouse with a security code? The clubhouse building needs a lick of paint and service in the 19th is poor.
27 December 2022
Greens were good though they played slow on the day. They offer the best protection on the course but when they are slow they can be tricky as a downhill putt will remain hanging if not hit with conviction.
19 July 2022
Club pro Gavin Drummond has been at Ruimsig for nearly 25 years and he has an excellent pro shop providing the kind of personal "old school" attention golfers enjoy receiving. If you want clubs repaired or altered, grips changed, then "Gav's Lab" prides itself on instant service. And he works closely with teaching pro Hennie Rootman with club fittings done outdoors on the spacious Ruimsig range. Ruimsig has some enormous greens complexes with subtle slopes and they were once known for being among the quickest in the country, on a par with Sun City. They still run at a good pace and are a feature of a softly undulating layout (three superb par 5s with downhill tee shots) that provides plenty of width on the fairways, yet has punishing long grass if you stray off line. The tall veld grass gives the holes their definition and enhances the overall aesthetics of an enjoyable and fair Gary Player design.
16 March 2022
Enjoy playing this course, wide fairways off the tee, an easy walk and always good value, plus the clubhouse facilities are outstanding. Club pro Gavin Drummond has an excellent shop with the added advantage of a clubfitting centre (Gav's Lab) where repairs can be done immediately. Ruimsig serves a large area of the Gauteng west rand as the nearest courses are at least 10 kilometres away.
03 January 2022
The greens rolled true and were challenging, the thick rough made ball searching a challenge after wayward shots. The bunkers and cart paths are not in good condition.
11 May 2021
A good layout, in excellent condition, with true greens, friendly and helpful staff.
14 February 2021
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.
18 April 2020
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