The South African Open is one of the oldest open national golf champi.jpgonships in the world, dating back more than 100 years to 1903. It's currently played at the Pearl Valley Golf Estates near Paarl, South Africa.
Due to scheduling changes with the European Golf Tour, the event, which was last played in December 2008 and won by Richard Sterne of SA, will be moved to January on the rotation, being played next in January 2010. It's really only a technical glitch that the event won't be played in 2009, as the event has been shifted in the golf tour's schedule by merely a few weeks.
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Gary Player of South Africa has won the Champi.jpgonship more than any other player; his 13 victories between 1956 and 1981 set a record that will be difficult to match anytime in the near future. More recent winners from South Africa include Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Tim Clark, Trevor Immelman, Mark McNulty and David Frost.
South African golfers have made quite a mark on the world golf scene, and 13 male golfers are currently ranked in the Top 500 Official World Golf Rankings. Trevor Immelman, a native of Cape Town, won the prestigous Masters champi.jpgonship in 2008.
Golf Tourism is popular in many parts of the globe, and is a growing industry in South Africa at the moment, particularly considering the country is home to roughly 500 golf courses and the climate is perfect for European golf tourists to visit during their winter.