General Information

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our guests and we would ask you to take the time to note and observe the following:

  • Mobile Phones – Please switch your mobile phone off both on the Course and in the Clubhouse.
  • Dress Code – Smart casual attire is essential on the Course and in the Clubhouse.
  • Golf Shoes – Soft spikes must be worn on the Course and are permitted in the locker room areas only.
  • Care of the Course – Please replace divots, repair pitch marks and rake the bunkers.
  • Golf Carts may not be driving in the rough or within 5m of the greens.

Slow Play – Players are asked to show courtesy for fellow players by avoiding slow play. Three balls should complete the course in 3 hours 20 minutes and four balls should complete the course in 4 hours.We would point out that the staff has been instructed to ensure these brief regulations are adhered to and we ask for your full co operation in this regard. If you require any clarification or further information please check with the Club Captain.Finally, we hope you enjoy your visit to Sishen Golf Club.

About Kathu

Kathu , is one of the fastest growing towns in the Northern Cape , if not in South Africa. Kathu , “ the town under the trees “ in the Northern Cape Province, this is truly a unique setting. The phrase was coined by an engineer working in the town in the early 1990 as part of a tourist marketing drive. The meaning of the word ‘Kathu’ has anecdotally been attributed to a porridge brewed by the local population from the powder found in the pods of the kameeldoring trees.It is actually in the middle of the Kalahari Desert , and is home to one of the biggest open cast iron ore mines in the world. The size of the equipment used for open cast mining is mind blowing , and is certainly worth a look. Kathu was founded in the late-1960s or early-1970s. The meaning of the word “Kathu” has anecdotically been attributed to a porridge brewed by the local population from the powder found in the pods of the Camel Thorn trees.Take a tour of one of the earth’s largest open-cast iron mines where you will be overawed by the sheer size of everything. Kathu is also home to one of the country’s most beautiful golf courses and a luxurious club house. The Sports club also offers badminton, golf, squash, swimming, tennis and a gymnasium. A small but well-stocked game reserve adjoins the town as does the Khai-Appel Pleasure Resort which has camping and caravan facilities as well as fishing and horse riding,but this is not the only surprise this rather remote town has in store. South of town is an incredible forest of camel thorn trees , Acacia Erioloba , one of only two in the world. The other lies between Mariental and Reboboth in Namibia. Imagine 4000 hectares of trees erupting from the barren red sands to form a reserve now registered as a Natural Heritage Site in 1995.The Camel thorns trees provide support for large Sociable Weaver’s nests and are used by many other bird and animal species. In fact surveys has shown a moderate to high diversity in animal and plant species, including several Red Data, endemic and protected species in and around the forest. Bigger trees in the forest are reckoned to be older than 300 years. From Johannesburg travel approximately 600km on the N14 to Upington. 50kms past the town of Kuruman you will reach the town of Kathu. Turn right towards Kathu and the golf course is on the outskirts of Kathu. It is also about three hours away from Kimberley.Kathu also has its own airport.Some of the world’s longest ore trains travel through harsh territory on the Sishen-Saldanha railway to offload their cargo at Saldanha Bay. Kumba Iron Ore is the principal mine operator in Kathu.Significant Stone Age sites occur in and around Kathu and on adjacent farms. These are subject to on-going archaeological research.

The Weather

The Kalahari’s weather is typical of desert and semi desert areas. It is a large, dry region with fluctuating temperatures. The scant annual rainfall (50-400mm) is unreliable and very much lower than evaporation and, in January, afternoon temperatures are usually between 33-40° Celsius. Winter days are warm – the onset of night brings dew and frost to supplement the low rainfall. Generally, though, take it that you’ll enjoy hot summer days and warm company and in winter, chilly nights.

The Kalahari Region

The portion of the great Kalahari desert that lies in the Northern Cape Province is but part of a large arid to semi-arid sandy area known as the Kalahari Basin, covering 2.5 million square kilometres that stretch from the Orange River to cover most of Botswana and parts of Namibia.The word Kalahari is derived from the Tswana word Kgalagari (also pronounced Kgalagadi) which means ‘waterless place’, but while this may be true for great areas of the Kalahari, particularly the rolling dune fields, it is not entirely true of the region overall – and certainly not underground.The Kalahari evokes a picture of never ending red sand dunes, big, blue skies and a scorching sun that shimmers unrelentingly on ancient dry riverbeds, known as omuramba.Yet set along the border with the North West province are the mostly unfamiliar mining towns and villages of Black Rock, Dibeng, Kathu, Van Zylsrus, Hotazel, Dingleton, Olifantshoek and Kuruman.The Kalahari is both deceptive and alluring. Deceptive because beneath the surface of apparent desert lies an incredible wealth of iron, manganese and other precious ores, which explains the mining towns, and alluring for visitors because of the many game farms and nature reserves to which the Kalahari is home.Despite the wilderness, the Kalahari is not true desert in the sense of being unable to support life. Parts of the Kalahari receive as much as 250 millimetres of rainfall, albeit erratically, throughout the year, and grasses and acacias easily support large species of antelope, hyenas, lions, meerkats, giraffe, warthogs and jackals.Nature Reserves like the beautiful Witsand Nature Reserve, with its famous ‘roaring sands’ of the Kalahari – dunes that emit a rather uncanny rumble when disturbed – and Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, surrounded by the beautiful Koranneberg Mountains on the edge of the Kalahari, one of the largest private game reserves in the country, are part of the allure of the Kalahari.

The Roaring Kalahari Route

The sheer size and distances of the Kalahari can be intimidating ; especially if you’re from the city ; but members of the Roaring Kalahari Route make you feel at ease in this vast wilderness. To help one and all, especially city slickers, to find their way around this magnificent semi-desert area in style and comfort, the concept of The Roaring Kalahari Route was born. It is now in its third year of operation.The route starts in the oasis of Kuruman and also covers the tree-filled town of Kathu before heading northwards to Dibeng and the mining towns of Hotazel and Black Rock. It then heads to McCarthy’s Rest on the Botswana border, back down to Van Zylsrus and westward to Askham with a detour to the unforgettable Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.The route then heads south to the largest town on the route, Upington and back east to Groblershoop and the Boegoeberg Dam. The Witsand Nature Reserve is an essential stop-over en then the route travels to Griquatown and Daniëlskuil. Visitors can stay at hospitable and colourful guest houses, guest farms, resorts, parks and nature reserves.

For more information on the Roaring Kalahari Route go to : www.roaringkalahari.co.za

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