8 JANUARY 2011: The Joburg Open 2011 kick starts the City of Joburg’s sporting and eventing calendar for 2011, with the tournament taking place at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club from 13 to 16 January 2011.|
The Joburg Open has grown in leaps and bounds over the past five years since the City of Joburg became hosts of this prestigious co-sanctioned tournament, having grown from just a few hundred spectators attending in the early years, to more than 10 000 spectators attending last year.
In partnership with OR Tambo International Airport the City of Joburg has converted one of the airport conference rooms into a Joburg Open Tournament Welcome Lounge for the Joburg Open players arriving from 7 to 16 January. The lounge is being used to facilitate players from International and Domestic Arrivals with ample directional branding to lead players to the Lounge, at the arrivals hall on the lower level between the Domestic and International terminals.
On arrival, players meet at the Joburg Open Tournament Lounge where they are welcomed by the City’s events team, with players receiving a small gift on arrival. Players are then escorted to the official Tournament shuttles. Throughout the tournament, players are shuttled between tournament hotels, golf course and related events, by the fleet crew.
“Watching the tournament grow over the years has been a remarkable and a memorable experience and the contribution the City is making, is testimony to the commitment to grow golf as a sport and ensuring that we deliver a world class event.
The addition of the Joburg Open Welcome Lounge to receive the golfers is just one way of improving the experience of the professionals participating in the Joburg Open,” said Joburg City Manager, Mavela Dlamini. What sets the Joburg Open apart from other tournaments is that golfers playing in this tournament receive the world class treatment which has become synonymous with the City’s events, from the minute they touch down at OR Tambo International Airport until departure.
“The partnership with Joburg Open signifies an important milestone for OR Tambo International Airport. The activations around the FIFA 2010 World Cup showcased that the airport is indeed the gateway for any major South African events. We view this partnership in conjunction with the City of Johannesburg as the first of many.
“As the airport, this is an exciting time for us to not only draw attention to events, but to position the airport as a brand contact point. It is also a unique opportunity for major brands to interact with a captive audience,” said Christopher Hlekane: General Manager at OR Tambo International Airport.
Commuters can try out the Golf SimulatorPassengers passing through OR Tambo are welcome to pop in at the Joburg Open Golf Simulator, stationed in the Arrivals Hall on the lower level between the Domestic and International terminals, where they can try their hand at the game of golf.
All visitors who try out the Joburg Open Golf Simulator will be entered into a draw to win either a public access ticket or VIP Hospitality Ticket. From Saturday, 8 January to Tuesday, 12 one daily Grand Prize winner will be drawn, winning a VIP experience for two to enjoy a day at the Joburg Open.
The prize includes being hosted by the City of Joburg at the VIP Marquee on the 18th hole on the East Course, enjoying a five star hospitality catering experience and receiving a special edition, 2011 Joburg Open gift.
Throughout the tournament a leader board carrying the live results of the tournament will be visible to the public at the Golf Simulator from 13 to 16 January.
Joburg Open is an important
tournament in the golf
calendar for both local and
It is co-sanctioned by the
Sunshine Tour and PGA
European Tour as an official
Order of Merit event.
The prize money is 1.3
million euros and this will be
shared amongst all the
players who will make the cut.
Thursday & Friday
Morning field: 10:30-12:30
Afternoon field:14:00– 16:00
Saturday & Sunday
12:00 – 16:30