If you love golf, more specifically mashie golf then you will almost definitely have played a round or two at The River Club in Observatory. With its spectacular views of Table Mountain, the mashie course and golf club is a firm favourite with golfers in the area who want to smack a few balls at the driving range or enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon out with family and friends. But, did you know the old favourite has recently received a rather incredible make-over? It’s quite something to behold so when we saw what they have done with the place we just needed to share! Here’s a look at the new and vastly improved The River Club.
Before the renovation the 76-year old building was in a bit of disrepair. It wasn’t in a shambles but it was clear that it was in need of some love and attention. But, luckily for fans of the gold club the team behind The Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park in Elgin (which we love!), Grand Daddy Hotel on Long Street and the Woodstock Exchange have taken it over and turned it into a spot for everyone to enjoy – not just golfers! This spot has definitely been re-imagined and in the best way possible.
So what’s new? Well, Slug and Lettuce has taken over the restaurant and transformed it into a cosy, but chic spot to dine and enjoy a few drinks with friends. The restaurant now offers a fabulous menu of pub lunches for diners to enjoy before or after a gold game.
In addition to the new restaurant area there’s also a pool deck and upper deck where guests can enjoy drinks in the summertime. The modern space offers tables and chairs and sun loungers for guests who want to get some much-needed R&R. The new deck also boasts spectacular views of the mountain making it one of the must-visit spots in Cape Town.
This new space ties in with the impressive new conference centre – there are now eight conference rooms all fitted with state-of-the-art technology and elegant finishes. With facilities like this it is sure to become the best place in town to do business!
And, for the little ones there’s the new River Rascals Kids Club. Parents can now take their kids along to The River Club and be sure that they will be looked after while they play or socialise. All kids up to 12 years are welcome (kids under 3 must be accompanied by an adult).
Of course, the beloved nine-hole mashie course as well as the 90-bay driving range is still there and has received a little bit of attention to bring it back up to standard.