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About Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club

The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club logo with the fairway on the background

This golf course review takes a look at the history of the Royal J&K Golf Club, a 36-hole South African golf complex and seeks to highlight some of the golf ammities it has to offer.

The establishment opened in 1890 as the Royal Johannesburg Golf Club. But in 1998, about a century later, merged with the Kensington Golf Club to became the golf club we know of today.

About Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club

Since opening its doors in 1890, the Royal Johannesburg Golf Club has enjoyed a reputation of exclusivity and the excellent condition of its dual courses.

However, on the surface, Royal Johannesburg might look like a forgiving - a leisure parkland course, but the course has several tricks up its sleeve.

The East Course at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club

The Robert Grimsdell designed, "East Course" is this long, challenging golf course that will put even the best golfers in the world to the test. No wonder it is amongest the top ten ranked golf courses in Southvr Africa, having hosted the South African PGA Championship since 2005.

The West Course

To the west we have the West Course, a champoinship golf course designed by Laurie Waters. However, this one is a little forgiving. Its layout is preferred by many higher handicap golfers. Not quite as long or penal as the East Course, but the manicuring is on a par, making for a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf.

Royal title

From the beginning RJ&K GC has been a place where Johannesburgers have came together - growing in membership and popularity. So, the club recieved the distinction authoritatively regal to its name in 1930, granted of coruse by the reigning monarch at the time, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor, after playing the West Course.

Other Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club Awards

Recently, the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club East Course was named "Africa's Best Golf Course" for the second consecutive year at the World Golf Awards held in Abu Dhabi.