Like a good “tee” steeped in tradition although peppered with chic
Whoever said a traditional flair couldn’t be modern, clearly has never been to the Bryanston Country Club. Dubbed BCC by those who are acquainted with its immaculately groomed course and wide variety of birdlife. BCC holds an impressive 90% rating on Trip Adviser reviews and 75% rating on Top100golfcourses.com.
With a profuse heritage which started with talks in 1943 that would see the first official committee in 1948. The BCCwas crafted with preserving custom whilst keeping abreast of contemporary times in mind. It wasn’t until a year later when Mr Charles Hugh Alison was commissioned to design the course by the club with Tommy Tomsett appointed to interpret drawings and plans, and Koos de Beer to do the construction, that things began shaping up. The first president of the club, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, opened the club house and the first 9 holes two years later, with Mrs Irene Douglas driving in the first ball.
Consistently evolving, the BCC has been devoted to enhancing the experience of members and guests alike. The golf course is well known by golfers and serves as an incredible “green belt” amid a vibrant city. Although the club facilities were upgraded during 2015 to 2016, the heritage and traditions were indubitably retained.
The 18-hole, Par 72 and 6768m course has long plays, doglegged fairways and a stream which must be crossed twice providing a most thrilling experience for golf enthusiasts. The course was developed into a robust challenge by Rob O’Friel when in 2002 it underwent a makeover, becoming more strategic due to the better-defined greens in elevation and shape. The club hosts other activities such as tennis – with 9 courts, bowling – with 2 greens, swimming – with Lapa area and squash – with 4 courts, so that the sporting needs of members and guests are well gratified.
The Phoenix restaurant expresses the tenacious spirit of the club which has overcome two fires within its lifetime. Touted for its delicious cuisine and exquisite dining experience it’s no wonder that the Phoenix rises from the ashes triumphantly as seen in the club’s logo. The club’s styling represents Bryanston’s sophisticated and calm family lifestyle. With its facilities including a full-service clubhouse complete with restaurants offering both fine and casual dining collectively with event and function venues. Personal attention and service are just some of the spoils that members and guests are welcomed to.
The Bryanston Country Club also offers Mixed golf which is very popular among many golfing couples and is played on Sunday afternoons. The mixed opens are followed by a light Sunday evening meal and prize giving which are a sure delight. Understandably BCC has become the ultimate urban country club in one of Johannesburg’s bustling neighbourhoods. Treat yourself to some culture engulfed in all the modern amenities and some back-to-back par fives.