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The history of CMR is one closely associated with the gold mining developments that were a feature of this part of South Africa towards the end of the nineteenth century. It should not be surprising therefore to find that like many others of its era this story began with land that was owned by a mining company. The Club Professionals and the Players
When one talks about the history of CMR one professional golfer, Don Ellmore comes immediately to mind. In years gone by, one could hardly think of the club without the Ellmore family. Don was always ready to share a few words with everyone in his own friendly and inimitable way. He was not only a highly regarded teacher of the game, but also mentored a number of well-known professionals and played with some success in professional tournaments. The most notable of these was finishing second to the legendary Bobby Locke in the South African Open championship. He was also chairman of the Professional Golfers Association for three years.
But there have also been others, many of whom were assistants to Don and included Bruce Bain, Garth Pearson, Eddie Holding and Don’s son Ronald, who played the Sunshine circuit for a time.
Each year, in the seventies, due largely to Don Ellmore’s efforts, CMR used to host a Pro-Am tournament which included many of our top touring professionals and some overseas players too. Among them was Denis Hutchinson, who was renowned for having a small wager with everyone possible in the field. For the members at CMR this was undoubtedly a highlight of the year and afforded many of them the opportunity to play with these top professionals.
Don’s wife Janet won the Ladies championship for many years and both on and off the course in her own way made a significant contribution to CMR.
In 1959/1961 CMR had an SA Amateur Golf Champion in the being of Alec Rossell. Comri du Toit also became SA Amateur Champion in stroke and match play events and moved on to become a professional golfer, later joining Royal Johannesburg Golf Club Bobby Locke and Peter Heine, the Springbok fast bowler, regularly played at CMR during mid-week