Observatory Golf Club

Steyn St, Observatory, Johannesburg, 2198, South Africa

Being one of the best golf courses in Gauteng, Observatory Golf Club exudes history and challenges in equal measure. Established in 1914, it holds the prestigious title of the city’s oldest course still operating on its original grounds. Its roots go back even further, starting as a humble 9-hole layout in 1912. By 1922, the course had matured into a full 18-hole challenge, a testament to the growing love for the game in Johannesburg.

While time has seen the layout evolve, the essence of Observatory Golf Club remains – a strategic test that rewards thoughtful play over raw power. Don’t be misled by the shorter yardage compared to some modern courses. Here, narrow fairways and petite greens demand precision over brute force. This “thinking golfer’s course” is where accuracy takes center stage. Imagine meticulously plotting your way around the course, navigating strategically placed bunkers and demanding approach shots to those small, well-guarded greens.

Observatory Golf Club isn’t just about the challenge, though. A round here offers a glimpse into golfing history. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of Johannesburg’s cityscape from the elevated tee box of the picturesque par-5 7th hole. Or maybe you’ll stand on the intimidating tee of the par-4 10th, its narrow fairway and strategically placed trees making even the most seasoned golfer consider leaving the driver in the bag. A visit to the clubhouse might even reveal a memento or two from golfing legend Bobby Locke, who called Observatory his home course.

Course Details

18 Holes Par: 72 Length: 6428 meters Slope: N/A Rating: N/A

Course Informations

  • Year built: 1914
  • Architect(s):
  • Greens: 007Bend/Poa mixture
  • Fairways: Kikuyu
  • Season: Year round


  • Dress Code: No T-shirts, vests, Denim. No Drawstring or elasticized pants. No running shorts or tracksuit pants. No Jeans. No boots, sandals, or hard-soled shoes.


  • Carts: Yes
  • Pull-carts: Yes
  • Clubs: Yes
  • Caddies available: Yes


  • Driving range: Yes
  • Pitching/chipping area:
  • Putting green: Yes
  • Teaching pro:


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