Golfing Along The Vaal

All serious golfers in Joburg know that some of the best courses can be found along the Vaal River in the Free State. Here is our guide to the most popular courses situated next to the river. 

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Riviera On Vaal Country Club

How’s about 18 holes of golf along the Vaal River? The Riviera On Vaal Country Club has a rating of 71 for both men and women and boasts a par of 74. The course is quite picturesque and has an extensive list of fauna and flora that enriches the golfing experience times ten. There are also lots of activities for the little ones to enjoy and a spa for the ladies who prefer to relax in a different way.

Riviera On Vaal, Mario Milano Drive, Vereeniging 1939 | +27 16 430 1380

Maccauvlei Golf Club

One of the greatest golfers in the world, Bobby Locke was a caddy at the Maccauvlei Golf Club which opened in 1926. The course itself holds its historical ground in the golfing world and today is the home ground of Masters winner Charl Schwartzel. Expect brilliant greens, challenging sand traps and interesting water holes.

Old Sasolburg Rd, Viljoensdrift, Vereeniging, 1930 | +27 16 4213196

Emfuleni Golf Estate And Country Club

Situated on the banks of the Vaal River is Emfuleni Golf Estate and Country Club, renowned for its pristine surroundings. Only 45 minutes from Johannesburg, this perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city offers the ultimate golfing and watersports experience. Emfuleni Golf Estate believes that there is no comparison in this area as they offer such an exclusive and tranquil environment. 

Cherry St, Vanderbijlpark SW 5, Vanderbijlpark, 1911 |+27 16 932 1809

Vaal de Gráce Golf Estate

Zimbabwean pro golfer, Nick Price has achieved much in his line of work. One such achievement  is the design of the Vaal de Gráce golf course in Parys. This 18 hole golf estate pulls out all the tricks to keep golfers on their toes. It is challenging and rewarding and exactly what one is searching for in a golf course.

Vaal de Gráce- Golf Estate The Island Parys 9585 | +27 56 811 2013

Heron Banks Golf Estate

According to golf course designer Danie Obermeyer, successful golf course design is site-specific and an astute designer will always optomise the topography of the site. This has clearly been done and is evident when walking the award-winning Heron Banks Golf Estate.

Minnaar St, Sasolburg, 1947 | +27 78 052 4083

By Shawn Greyling

Have you played any of these courses before? Let us know in the comments section below what you think of them. Plan a golf trip along the Vaal and share this article with your fourball. 


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