McGinley raves about Glendower Golf Club

It says a lot when the captain of next year’s European Ryder Cup team raves about a golf course. It says even more when that course is gearing up to host the South African Open Championship.

Yesterday Paul McGinley, the man tasked with masterminding Europe’s defence of their crown at Gleneagles next year, was full of praise for Glendower Golf Club which will host the 103rd SA Open this week.

“I love the golf course. I think it’s fabulous. It’s a throwback to traditional golf courses and I think it’s one of the best I’ve ever played. I’m blown away to be honest,” McGinley said ahead of tomorrow’s tee off at the venue that was opened in 1937.

“If this was in America I could see this a a potential venue for a US Open and I think the USGA would love to have a course like this because the holes are so reminiscent of the course we play in America,” he said of the parklands layout.

“It’s very visual. Very well-bunkered and in extremely good condition which will set up for a really good week. We don’t get to play many traditional golf courses on tour and this is a throwback in time and it’s great to see and refreshing. It’s going to be a real good test of golf. If you drive the ball very straight there are birdie opportunities. If you don’t there are a lot of bogey and double bogey opportunities.”

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