The Joburg Open will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a new host course in Houghton Golf Club from 24-27 November.
The City continues to use this major sports event to showcase its diversity to a worldwide audience.
“When we launched the Joburg Open it was with the specific intent that this must be a tournament that provides a sense of inclusivity for all of the City’s residents, while at the same time showing all elements of our world-class African City to an international audience,” said executive mayor Mpho Phalatse.
“The aspirational effect of the Joburg Open is incredibly important to us and therefore we take very seriously its ability to travel to the leading golf courses in Johannesburg and expose all of our residents to the wonders of this international event.”
Houghton Golf Club’s hosting of the Joburg Open adds to this golf course’s proud history as a home to major DP World Tour and Sunshine Tour events.
Houghton Golf Club has hosted the prestigious South African Open eight times as well as multiple other professional tournaments.
“We are delighted to welcome the Joburg Open as well as the DP World Tour and Sunshine Tour to our historic club. Houghton is a proud member of the Johannesburg golf community and we are honoured to reflect this by hosting one of the City’s premier sports events and a major international golf tournament,” said Rodney Rottanburg, president of Houghton Golf Club.
The Joburg Open has played a key role in the development of many of South Africa’s leading professionals.
Thriston Lawrence claimed his maiden DP World Tour victory in the 2021 Joburg Open, which was also the first tournament of the new DP World Tour era and which had the eyes of world golf on South Africa for this historic moment.
Lawrence took the confidence from this victory and won his second DP World Tour title in the Omega European Masters this year while also playing in his first Major in The Open at St Andrews.
Thomas Abt, commissioner of the Sunshine tour, said: “The City of Johannesburg has been a proud and loyal partner of the Sunshine Tour, and the Joburg Open has provided our members with incredible opportunities. We’ve had seven different South African winners of the past 15 Joburg Opens which in itself bears testament to our Sunshine Tour slogan that ‘Greatness Begins Here’ and the Joburg Open’s role in supporting this.”