In a quaint residential suburb of Cape Town in South Africa is where you will find the incredible Rondebosch Golf Club. The name of the suburb is Rondebosch and it has a business district, commercial shopping square (selling everything from baby room funiture to electronic devices) and the University of Cape Town.
The name Rondebosch comes from the tree grove that was found on the banks of the local river, the Versse Rivier, called Ronde Doorn Bosje. When the Dutch came to settle in this area in 1852 these thorn trees were one of the first that were planted. By 1657, the area was used by the Dutch East India Company for some of their employees who were given free citizen status and land. It was made up mostly of white and English-speaking residents especially during the Apartheid period. It was only after 1994 when the population began to grow racially.
The Rondebosch Golf Club is considered as one of the prime golf courses in Cape Town and in the country. The view is magnificent when playing golf as you find yourself playing golf with the backdrop of the Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak. Many golf aficionados who travel to South Africa make it a point to play at least one round of golf in the 18-hole course while their partners buy beauty products at some of the city’s best stores…
The club was established in 1911 and celebrated its centennial anniversary last year, 2011. For a golf club to survive this long, it must maintain a high standard of maintenance and service. It should also be well-supported by its members and allowed to be used by guests. Behind the club’s success is a tradition of non-stop improvement and service. The course itself is impeccably maintained, challenging to a serious golfer but friendly enough for guests and inexperienced golfers.
It is often chosen as the host venue for top golf tournaments. In the past, there have been 7 Sunshine Tours, the South African Ladies Amateur Open, and the Professional Ladies European Tour.
During a golf game it is not unusual to hear sounds of nature which are pleasant and not distracting at all. They are from the birds that have made the course their home.
In 1994, the club underwent a major renovation and now has some of the most fantastic greens in the African region. The main challengers to a golfer would be the Black River and other water sources as well as the wind factor. With the renovation, the drainage system was upgraded and the course is playable even during the winter months.
Other facilities are the Pro Shop, restaurant, bar, and function rooms for private parties and meetings.
Outside the golf club are several attractions like the Groote Schur which is a mansion constructed in 1657 and is now the presidential home of South African leaders like Nelson Mandela when he was president and now President Zuma. The Rondebosch Fountain is another landmark in town which was made a national monument in 1964. It stands for the spot where the historical tree grove used to be.