The overall experience leaves a lasting impression at Royal Johannesburg on a visitor. Tradition and etiquette still hold strong values. It begins with the walk down the hall of fame entrance. Each of the major tournament winners at Royal over the decades have a plaque on the paved surface honouring their achievements. No clubs can be hauled through the clubhouse to the courses. You need to walk around the side of the building if you’re carrying or pushing them, and caddies are available on this detour. A spacious putting green and short-game area at which to prepare for the round. Inside the clubhouse is an attractive reception area adjoining a smart pro shop, one of the best locker rooms in SA golf, and a stylish 19th hole. On the walls, interesting memorabilia to be studied and admired. The East Course has first-class teeing areas for No 1 and 10 a short walk from the clubhouse that set the tone for the round ahead (they aren’t quite replicated on the West). Everything confirms that you’ve arrived at a special club.