The Royalty Of The Port Alfred Golf Club

The Royalty Of The Port Alfred Golf Club

The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club is one of only four golf clubs in South Africa which have been granted the right to use the “Royal” prefix. 

This is what the website has to say about that prefix, and how they got it. 

During a visit to Port Alfred in 1921 by Her Royal Highness Princess Alice of Connaught, the wife of the Governor General and Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, a ceremony was held on the verandah of the club where she bestowed names on the holes of the course. 12 of these remain, including that of the 17th “Connaught”. She was so impressed by her visit that she returned to the club on 6 April 1923 with her husband, Prince Arthur of Connaught, who was to comment that “the links surpassed anything that ever I had ever expected”. Arising from this visit, the “Royal” status was bestowed on the club by King George on 6 February 1924.

The publicity surrounding the Princess’s visit resulted in the SAGU holding the 1922 S.A. Open & Amateur at Port Alfred. The Open was won by Mr F Jangle & the Amateur by W.C. Stent. The 1927 Ladies’ Championship & the 1932 Men’s Championships were also held at Port Alfred.

In May 1925, another royal visitor, the Prince of Wales (later Edward V111), spent a week relaxing in Port Alfred and playing several games on the links. He later presented the Prince of Wales Cup to the club through his Equerry PW Leigh to be played for in a challenge as decided by club members. Prince George (later Duke of Kent) arrived at the Kowie on board the White Train in May 1925 and played as much golf as possible during his stay.

 RPAGC will run a special whereby all Affiliated Visitors will only pay members green fee rates for the day (R175.00 reduced from R375.00 Visitors Booking form HERE

 

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