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Maccauvlei is a historically renowned inland links course and was developed by the sons of Sammy Marks in 1926, it quickly became the society weekend club for the "Mining House Set". It has not changed much over the last 75 years but is now run as a golf course, rather than being exclusively for the mine and its employees.
The Maccauvlei course is currently owned by Anglo American Corporation and still features the original Club House. Until recently it was the only inland links course in South Africa and hosts the country's biggest bunker. The 6364 metre par 72 course has 90 bunkers, so a sand wedge is an important weapon for golfers tackling the Maccauvlei Golf Course.
The biggest bunker on Maccauvlei is situated on the 17th ( 386 metre par 4 ) where a tee shot must be hit short to avoid the hazard, leaving an intimidating approach across this seemingly never ending expanse of sandy waste, to reach the green.
Maccauvlei Golf Course is situated on the banks of the Vaal River, a big water sports area. The Vaal Dam supplies most of the water to Johannesburg. The South African Open has been held at Maccauvlei on four occasions and the Club hosts the Vaal Amateur Championships and the Harry Oppenheimer Tournament every year.