‘Ancient history’ beckons at Randpark

‘Ancient history’ beckons at Randpark

JOHANNESBURG: History beckons at Randpark Club this weekend for the final two rounds of the R17,5-million South African Open hosted by the City of Joburg. Actually, in terms of the way golf has developed over the decades, make that “ancient history” beckoning. By way of explanation: It has been 61 long years since an amateur won the SA Open, and that honour belonged to Denis Hutchinson way back in 1959 …

No par-5s for the pros in SA Open

No par-5s for the pros in SA Open

TO THE Randpark members there are, as everybody at the club knows, eight par-fives – four on each of the Firethorn and Bushwillow courses. But for the professionals playing in this week’s South African Open hosted by the City of Joburg there are effectively no par-fives. How so? “Well,” explains big-hitting Jacques Kruyswijk,” it’s just that most of the guys can hit every par-five in two so we really are treating them like par-4s.”

Haven’t seen fairways as good as this in years – Brandon Stone

Haven’t seen fairways as good as this in years – Brandon Stone

BRANDON Stone, here at Randpark for the South African Open hosted by the City of Joburg, has paid the greenkeeping staff the highest possible compliment by saying the fairways are the best he’s seen anywhere in the last few years. “They’re so perfect that you even feel guilty about taking a divot,” the 26-year-old said with a chuckle in a pre-tournament interview …

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