“It is an honour to be chosen to host the Joburg Open and we are confident that we will offer a world class tournament,” says Francois Swart, general manager of Randpark. “In recent years, we have upgraded and modernised our two championship golf courses, Firethorn and Bushwillow, with the assistance of Golf Data and golf course architect, Sean Quinn. The courses were redesigned to offer average golf players a more forgiving playing experience, while making it a little more challenging for the professional golfer.”
Mellett Hendrikse, golf director, welcomed the announcement of Herman Mashaba, mayor of Johannesburg, that the club has been chosen as host. “Randpark Golf Club has a good reputation as a championship course, which was proven two decades ago when the SA Open was held here. This time we will use the opportunity to learn from the expectations of professional players as well as professional tournament directors to enhance the playing experience at our courses,” he says.
The Joburg Open is part of the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours and is one of four South African events on the European Tour schedule. The tournament was held for the first time in 2007. So far only three players from other countries have won the Joburg Open. It has the largest field on both tours with 240 professionals, including 30 Asian Tour members, four amateur invites, with the remainder shared between the European and Sunshine Tours.
Former Open champion, Louis Oosthuizen, has already confirmed that he will play. “I’m very excited to be supporting the growth of what is one of the premier tournaments in world golf. I’m a proud winner on all three Tours and look forward to playing in Johannesburg again,” he said.