Rustenburg - North West Province

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Manager: Ilse Marais
President: Mornay Kerr
Club captains: Isaac Makhoana & Cillest Pieters
Greenkeeper: Daniel Gwenzi
Golf director: Phillip Roelofse

Course Summary

Three tees / Par 72

White 6436 metres, CR73.3/135
Blue 6077 metres, CR71.1/128
Red 5304 metres, CR67.3/121
Women’s blue, CR77.9/144
Women’s red, CR72.6/132

Visitor green fee

R330 affiliated
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
R350 Wed, Saturday
R395 non-affiliated
Golf cart R400
Special MTTF R950 for two plus cart
Special Sunday R1000 for two plus cart

Course designer

Bob Grimsdell, 1951
Golf Data, 1994


014 592 5575

Rustenburg is one of the leading courses in the North West Province, an attractive bushveld layout on the edge of the mining city which is the only one in the region to have hosted numerous South African championships, interprovincial tournaments, and the North West Open. It’s the nearest course to Sun City (50 kilometres).

First thing golfers will notice when they go to the practice green or first tee is the number of animal sculptures and giant golf balls around them. The animals were created by a Zimbabwean artist living locally using the metal from oil drums. Three of the sculptures sit distinctively in thick grass between the 12th and 13th holes.

Golf Data modernised the original Bob Grimsdell design in 1994, and blended the two nines which were opposite in character from the days when it began as a 9-holer. The front nine is lengthy at 3435 metres (par 37) due to there being three par 5s and four par 4s of between 380 and 420 metres. The back nine is 3001 metres (par 35) with just the one par 5.

Rustenburg is a relatively flat and open layout, so occasional water hazards and an abundance of indigenous trees are the notable features, along with the backdrop of the Magaliesberg hills. There is water guarding the front right of the green on the 514-metre par-5 sixth hole, and a dam on the par-3 seventh, although it stops well short of the green.

The shortest par 5, the 452-metre eighth, is the signature hole, and one visitors will most remember. It is a sharp dogleg left around thick foliage with bunkers right, and the large green is positioned on the far bank of the stream which flows through the course. Another excellent hole is the 365m 11th, its fairway narrowing between stands of tall trees before turning right towards the green.

Golfers face an early test on the 420-metre second hole, which is stroke 1. It has a tree-lined fairway which narrows as it reaches the stream further along, and the water runs along the left side towards the green.

An interesting feature is that the tees of three holes are situated in front of the clubhouse. The 381m first is a straightaway par 4, and alongside it is the 356m 12th, an attractive par 4 curving left to a green protected by a hazard. Alongside No 12 is the 415m tenth, heading off at a different angle between tall trees. It’s stroke 2 and a challenging starting hole.

Rustenburg was in danger of closing in 2016/17 until the club and course was rescued by local businessman MH Tayob who paid off the club’s R10-million debt and bought a new fleet of course machinery. He has converted most of the clubhouse into commercial outlets, and advertising signs are prominent. The clubhouse is a low north-facing building which provides an attractive view over the course.

Rustenburg was regularly ranked in the Golf Digest Top 100 from 2002 until 2016, reaching a high of No 63.

The club is home to one of South African golf’s oldest festival weeks, the Orange Blossom, in October, although it has been reduced from a 7-day event to three days.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by JG Claassen in third round of 2010 North West Open.

Club Champions

2023 Wico Lourens & Angela Krugel
2022 Wico Lourens & Angela Krugel

Practice Facility

Large and spacious range adjoining clubhouse and ninth hole. Desne van den Bergh is the teaching professional, and has an indoor studio. Practice green in front of clubhouse.


Rustenburg is a regular host of the North West Open, most recently in 2023 when Keagan Crosbie beat Werner Deyzel in a playoff after they had tied on 15-under 201 for 54 holes. Sam Simpson won in 2021 on 16-under 200. Thapelo Maichotlo had a 63 in the second round after an opening 87. David Meyers won the Open in 2015 (278), James du Preez in 2014 (274) and JG Claassen in 2010 (267).

Rustenburg hosted the 2013 men’s Premier Interprovincial and 2016 Mid-Amateur IPT. Jayden Schaper won the SA Under-17 title at Rustenburg in 2017 (205) and Wilco Nienaber the SA Under-15 title in 2015 (204). Nienaber shot 65-65 to win the SA High School champs individual in 2017.

Did You Know

1/ Rustenburg was the home club in his youth of the late Springbok golfing legend and SA Amateur champion Coen Dreyer. He was club champion from 1966 to 1976. Former club president Sam Stone and his son Kevin were club champions five times between them.

2/ Rustenburg hosted the 2001 SA Women’s Amateur, when 17-year-old Cas Bridge became the youngest player to win both the strokeplay and matchplay titles in the same week. Her record was later taken by Ashleigh Simon.

3/ Three outstanding female golfers at the club were Vicky & Val Holland and Bertine Strauss. The Holland sisters won the club championship 14 times in 16 years between 1975 and 1990. Val was a Springbok and SA champion, PGA professional, and is one of SA’s leading teachers, based at Fancourt. Strauss was club champion in the new millennium. She was SA junior champion, played on the LPGA Tour in America, and won titles on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

4/ SA Open champion James Kingston lived in Rustenburg for several years and was a club member.

5/ Golf club owner MH Tayob has a few stylishly designed golf carts at the club.

6/ Rustenburg hosted matches at Royal Bafokeng Stadium during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

7/ This was a farming area until the discovery of the Platinum Reef in 1929 by Hans Merensky, three kilometres from the old town centre.

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Rustenburg have just hosted the 54-hole SA Senior Open won by Wallie Coetsee (68-69-70). First time the tournament had been played there, and the pros generally appeared to enjoy the bushveld layout and its interesting challenges. Pros can be more critical than most, and there was grumbling about the state of the bunker sand, and the greens on the course being much slower than the practice green. One thing everyone noticed though was the untidiness of the entrance areas to the club and clubhouse.
Lamprecht de Villiers
23 November 2023
Rustenburg has all the trappings of a rural bushveld layout, even if this 18-hole course is surrounded by busy city life. Parts of the clubhouse are utilised by small businesses, and there are some obtrusive commercial signboards. Other than around Nos 14 and 15 though, which run close to the main road through town, golf here is a quiet and restful experience. It's an enjoyable layout to play, with an entertaining mix of memorable, challenging and average holes. It's generally flat terrain with the occasional mild undulation. The front nine has three par 5s, and I found the back nine more varied in its design, although finishing with one of the weaker 4s. A feature of the holes around the clubhouse are the life-sized animal sculptures which I quite appreciated but other golfers might not.
Stuart McLean
17 May 2023
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