KEMPTON PARK – GAUTENG EAST
Kempton Park is one of the younger member clubs in Gauteng, founded in 1965, and will always be associated with Ernie Els, who was a junior member at Kempton Park when at 16 he became the youngest winner of the SA Amateur title in 1986. It’s a good conference venue, being the closest golf course to O R Tambo International Airport, five kilometres away, and has the benefit of not being bothered by air traffic.
The original parkland layout was designed by the partnership of Bob Grimsdell and Bill Kerr, but both the course and clubhouse were redesigned in 1981. The course lies on two levels, the flatter top front nine nearer the clubhouse, and the lower back nine overlooking a recreational park. There is a long walk from the clubhouse past the 18th hole to the tenth tee. The 13th hole takes golfers downhill to the lower holes. The course opens with a testing par 5 of 582 metres, but the overall length is just 6 548 metres from the back tees. The club logo is of an Egyptian goose, reflecting the large variety of birdlife found on the course.
Kempton Park, as Ekurhuleni Golf Union league champions, recently won the Gauteng Scratch League Champions Trophy for the first time in their history.
Kempton Park has featured in Golf Digest’s Top 100, being ranked No 93 in 2004, but made its last appearance in 2005. The club currently has a membership of 814, but is looking for new members. Early bird visitors (affiliated and non-affiliated) can play at Kempton Park for R100 if they tee off before 8.30 on weekday mornings. Memorable hole: The 13th is a downhill par 5, dogleg right, 496 metres, guarded by several dams on the le of the fairway, and a bunker in front of the green. General Manager: Craig Bell. Golf Director: Mike Sebanz.