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ERPM Golf Club

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Specifications
Designed ByGolf Data
Holes18
Year Opened1903
Par 72
Typen/a
FairwaysKikyu 70%
GreensPencross Bend 80% Bend 20% Poana
Spikesn/a
Description

ERPM Golf Club came into being in 1903 when 3 holes were built around the first school in Boksburg, a wood and iron structure that is still standing today. The building was also used as the first clubhouse and is situated on the right hand side of the first fairway.
In 1906, 18 holes were completed. The President at the time was Colonel Sir George Farrar DSO, who was instrumental in floating East Rand Property Mines Limited on 8th May 1893. The captain of the club was D McKay. The first recorded Club Champion was F N Critlends in 1913.

In 1926 under the supervision of Peter Coetzer, who served the club as Secretary / Green Keeper for 51 years, the fairways were hand planted by the members, and Fir trees were planted. Some of theses trees are still a major feature of the course. Many of these old Fir trees are dying.

ERPM has a number of Springboks that were avid members of the club, namely, Alma Truss, Jill Kennedy, Jimmy Boyd, Denis Hutchison, Neville Sundelson, Neville Clarke and Dean van Staden. As well as provincial players too numerous to mention, one of ERPM’s well know professionals, John Bland, playing with members on a Wednesday afternoon shot an amazing 59. He also holed out on the par 4 tenth playing against the club manager in a Friday afternoon four ball.

In 1992 the club was still controlled by the mine and soon thereafter the control and running of the club was solely in the hands of members. In mid 1992 a decision was taken to revamp the course and in October of that year work started. Using the same layout the greens were completely reshaped and rebuilt, the bunkers redesigned and the water reticulation system replaced. Between the 1st October 1992 and the reopening of the course on 1st May 1993 golf was played on 18 temporary greens. The chairman at the time, Willie Tredoux, had the honour of opening the new ERPM Golf Course.

ERPM Golf Club’s emblem is an owl sitting on a golf club. In fact all of the mine sports club’s have the same owl on their respective badges and flags.

The owl came into being as the emblem as a result of the relentless sounding of the mine hooter, at regular intervals every day and night, which was activated by the steam driven boilers.

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