From this year’s 18th hole, it is clear that the Joburg Open has become a “must do” event on the early new year calendar.
Playing the tournament at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club allows the Joburg Open the unique opportunity of being the only tournament locally and internationally to be simultaneously played on two courses.
The tournament accommodates just over 200 golfers including some development amateur players, while the Pro Am, usually played one day before the tournament accommodates a field of 240 on both courses.
With a total prize money pot of R11, 702, 340, the Joburg Open attracts top international golfers, and past winners of the Joburg Open are Ariel Canete from Argentina who won the inaugural tournament in 2007, followed by South African Richard Sterne in 2008, Anders Hansen from Denmark in 2009, with South African Charl Schwartzel taking the honours consecutively in 2010 and 2011.
Spectators who come out in their thousands, are usually seen following their favourite players along either the East or the West Course or enjoy seating on grand stands across both courses, which also has public vending amenities on both courses.
In continuing to develop the sport amongst the youth, the City of Joburg provides an opportunity for four amateurs to participate in the tournament each year, and also hosts a Golf Development Clinic two days before the tournament during which some of the top pro’s share their skills with budding young stars at the Alexandra Driving Range.
Tickets are available at the gate for R30 per person per day.