Once something of a grand lady, the historic River Club in Observatory, Cape Town had, in recent years, fallen into decay. Now under new ownership, the sizeable property has a fresh new conference offering and lots to come back for time and again.
At The River Club, new owners Jody Aufrichtig and Nick Ferguson have done with conferencing and golf what they did with retail and office space at previous projects like Cape Town’s Old Biscuit Mill and The Woodstock Exchange.
Says Ferguson, “The River Club is a singular property and we wanted to reflect its history, yet offer a contemporary and accessible new space for conferences and events.”
Interior decorators Pam Shaw and Siobhan Becker from Shaw and Becker Interiors took their cue from the natural textures and light surrounding The River Club, resulting in a subtle and soothing collection of rooms, each with their own special set of features – ranging from a pool and outdoor terrace to private bars and grand spaces.
Centrally located just fifteen minutes from the central city, airport and Southern Suburbs on all sides, The River Club is an easily accessible conference venue with ample secure parking.
Capable of hosting anything from a boardroom meeting to a multi-tiered conferencing event, The River Club’s eight rooms can be arranged to fit. Launches, weddings, exhibitions and gatherings can all be created with the conferencing team’s guidance. The River Club’s catering crew are experienced with everything from canapé platters to banquets of up to 350 people, and are always mindful of dietary preferences.
Whilst The River Club has moved its conference offering upscale, prices remain competitive. All the rooms are fitted with the latest AV tech and wireless and the surrounding golf facilities afford instant breakaway or team-building activities. The comfortable Klipdrift VIP Golf Lounge is another space that businesses and conference organisers can utilise for a meeting with a difference.
The 90 bay golf driving range, putting facilities and chipping green – as well as the nine-hole, 27 par Mashie Course – have been retained and reinvested in. The newly refreshed changing rooms, Pro Shop and 27 re-fitted weather cover bays make for a more pleasant golfing experience, whilst monthly membership starts at around R230 per month.
Aside from the driving range and Mashie Course, The River Club has tongues wagging with its irresistible hole-in-one prize. Premium balls are sold for a shot at the prize of a brand new Audi A1.
New resident restaurant and pub, Slug & Lettuce, feeds The River Club’s energy by day and night. Conference groups keen to linger at the end of the day will have a space to socialise – and may return with their families.
Small children will love the new River Rascals Kids Club (supervised childcare free to golf club members and restaurant patrons) and older children can sign up for SNAG (Starting New at Golf) – a programme that teaches golf basics to anyone keen to learn.