2016 World Golf Awards


Author: Charlie Palmer

Clubhouse of the Year: The Club at Steyn City Golf Course, South Africa

The stylishly decorated club house features dramatic vaulted, cellar-like ceilings and marble floors that enhance the beautifully appointed lounge and dining areas.

A project by award-winning Boogertman & Partners Architects, the clubhouse has been completed and comprises 3 000m² of occupied space. The clubhouse has been designed to echo the topography and reflects a more modern, African-inspired feel with the use of stone, wood, glass and steel in its construction.

The club at Steyn City Golf Course South Africa

This is reportedly the only clubhouse in the country that features a ‘growing’ roof. The building will be completely covered by the already planted grasses and vegetation, which will allow it to literally ‘disappear’ into its surroundings.  The ‘growing roof’ will help to regulate the clubhouse’s thermal mass as it absorbs solar energy during the day and retains this load, to allow for evening absorption.

The clubhouse’s contemporary interior by DSGN (interiors designers and space planners) is cellar-like with high arches, raw stone walls, varied textures, and a color palette of earthy tones. Only natural materials were used such as rock for cladding, stone for tiles and sustainable wood sources.

Inside the Club at Steyn City Golf Course

Amenities abound at the Steyn City Golf Club

The Club at Steyn City proshop

Indigenous landscaping was used around the clubhouse and is inclusive of wild olive, wild peach and white stinkwood trees.

About Steyn City Golf Course

Steyn City wanted to offer a golf-friendly golf course without compromising on the design. The design needed to be on par with the world-class benchmark set throughout. In order to achieve their goals, they chose the design of a Jack Nicklaus 18-hole championship course.

Nothing has been spared in terms of design, construction and maintenance of the immaculate fairways. The golf course which officially launched in 2014 has already been described as the ‘Augusta of South Africa’, and features an award winning club house that takes full advantage of the natural contours of the surrounding landscape, 73 bunkers and boasts a fully stocked Pro Shop, luxurious locker rooms and a high-tech gym.

The course is looped, with holes nine and eighteen finishing at the clubhouse, making for a spacious and elegant halfway house. Making use of the natural canyons, the course was built on both sides of the Jukskei River, which flows through the estate and is situated on an old quarry / river site of rock aggregate.

Steyn City Golf Club aerial view

The architecture uses a growing roof for energy consumption

The course is fully navigable with a golf cart. The carts are equipped with state-of-the-art GPS technology allowing for management to monitor and control the whereabouts of each cart.

The property also boosts a driving range, seven target greens with real bunkers that simulate the shot-to-green target experience and the range also includes a comprehensive short game area equipped with a large chipping and putting green.

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World’s Best New Golf Course
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World’s Best Golf Hotel
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World’s Best Golf Tour Operator
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World’s Best Travel Personality
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World’s Lifetime Achievement Award
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World’s Best Golf Course Designer
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Best Eco Friendly Golf Facility 2016
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