Houghton Golf Course is
centrally situated in Johannesburg's wealthy suburb of the same name
and it has hosted eight South African Opens since the Second World War.
Gary Player won three of his 13 South African Opens at this leafy,
parkland course, while Ernie Els set a 15-under-par record score of
273 here in the same tournament in 1993, this victory opened the door
for his entry onto the world golfing stage.
Houghton received a rare honour in February 1995, when it was chosen to
host the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Challenge
between southern Africa and
Australasia, the southern hemisphere's equivalent to the Ryder Cup.
At 5237 metres, Houghton is not an overly long course by highveld
standards, as the ball flies a long way in Johannesburg's high
altitude. But short does not always translate into easy, and some
exciting tee shots and approaches are required if you are attempting to
master the holes. The predominant grass is Kikuyu, which when closely
mown provides a truly magnificent surface from which to play. Houghton
is renowned for its conditioning and a wealth of wonderful par-four
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