On Wednesday, 16 September, AAAKEE held its bi-annual Spring Charity Golf Challenge at the Observatory Golf Club in order to raise the necessary funds for our various projects relating to our Food and Active Education Funds.
The club was founded in 1912, and opened with a 9-hole course. In 1922, the course extended to 18-holes – just perfect for the most common format of golf. Observatory Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Johannesburg still operating from its original grounds. The layout of the course has changed somewhat in this time. The course is not that long, but with narrow fairways and smallish greens, is a true test of intellectual golf. The current committee has been working over the past three years to improve the course, with a bunker renovation plan, additional irrigation on the fairways and small beautification projects on the course itself. The Clubhouse has seen many changes in the past two years, with a new-renovated Halfway House, function room extension and the start of renovations in the bar. Observatory Golf Club boasts a history rich in character. Bobby Locke, one of South Africa’s greatest golfers, won the Open Championship four times playing out of Observatory as his home club and the “Bobby Locke Corne” in the bar shows a picture history of this. Further the Henning brothers learned to play their golf at Observatory.
We’d like to extend a special word of thanks to all our sponsors that participated and contributed towards our fundraising efforts.
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