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Ruimsig Country Club

South Africa, Gauteng, Johannesburg
Designer: Gary Player, Ron Kirby
Course Opened: 1987

From the club website:

Before Ruimsig Country Club became what it is known and hyped for today, one must note where it all started. The Roodepoort City Council purchased the Ruimsig farm; part of the farm was zoned for recreational purposes, the vision being the creation of a Country Club with a championship golf course as the central facility.

Ron Kirby and Gary Player did the design with construction starting in 1984. The handsome result was opened in April 1986, making Ruimsig Country Club one of the youngest South African golf courses that is not an ‘estate’ course.

Initially the other sporting facilities – Bowls and Tennis – were placed on hold as this young club strived to become self-supporting. For a number of years the old Ruimsig farmhouse was used as the clubhouse until, in 1989, the existing new clubhouse was completed and opened. The structure is both visually striking and extremely functional; incorporating several levels, it features large verandahs and patio areas. The aesthetics of a modern, rambling farmhouse have been retained and is sited on the southern edge of the property, with wonderful views to the north overlooking the golf course.


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