A Brief History and background to Royal Harare Golf Club
Royal Harare was founded in 1898 by a group of intrepid golf lovers, who played on conditions far removed from the lush course that we know today.
The Course was established on the current location in 1901. The original Course with its “sand greens” was very differently laid out to the current design.
Originally known as Salisbury Golf Club, the Club was granted Royal Patronage in December 1929. The name changed again to Royal Harare Golf Club in 1980 at Independence.

Royal Harare has always embraced change with a “can do” attitude as attested to by the progress made from those first days of a “Links” style course, maintained by grazing livestock and hardy Committee Members. The beautiful Parkland layout that you see today has been the result of years of innovation and vision on the part of the founders and current Membership.

In 1979, Golf Digest voted Royal Harare one of the fifty best courses in the world, outside of the United States. After a redesign in 1996 by Nick Price and Steve Smyers, the course was rejuvenated and lengthened with some major re-routing of holes. The New Course was opened for play on the 25th October 1997, prior to the Centenary celebrations in April 1998. The New Course is very highly rated by Professionals and Amateurs alike as a “Classic” test of Golf.
Despite its manicured lush appearance, Royal Harare is indeed no pushover; the course rewards shrewd shot choice and Course Management. Many a golfer has been lulled into carelessness by the veneer of ease that the course projects, only to be humiliated. Play wisely and you will be rewarded.

We, at Royal Harare, are proud of our course and hope that you will enjoy your game of golf as much as we do. May we encourage you to repair pitch marks, divots and bunkers so that when you next return you will find the course in the pristine condition expected from a world-class golf course.