The Rosebank Region is spoilt for choice when it comes to sports venues Ė for participating and spectators alike.|
Itís a golferís paradise here with 10 world class courses within a 5Ė20 kilometre radius of Rosebank, courses to challenge both the amateur and professional; a number of these courses have hosted European PGA Tours and South African Sunshine Tour events. Further afield you will find 36 of the Top 100 golf courses in South Africa. The most immediate ones are those at Wanderers, Killarney, Parkview, Houghton and Royal Johannesburg & Kensington in Linksfield.
There are gyms and smaller privately-owned fitness centres in nearly all our suburbs. Most offer temporary membership. The larger gyms have indoor (heated) swimming pools, squash courts and tennis courts. Virgin Active has premises at Melrose Arch, and Old Edís in Houghton, whilst Planet Fitness has clubs at Craighall Park and Rosebank with a MegaClub based at Wanderers.
For those who prefer a more outdoor approach to their swimming there are two public pools in the area: one at Zoo Lake (closed from 1 April until 1 September) and a heated one in the north-western garden suburb of Linden.
Walking and jogging:
You are almost spoilt for choice surrounded as we are by a number of jogger-friendly parks. But should you be staying in the Rosebank Region for some time and want to join a running club then contact RAC, based at Old Parktonians Sports Club in Bordeaux as RAC caters for cross-country, short distance, marathon and ultra-marathon road running, as well as orienteering, cycling and walking. Runs are scheduled most Sundays.
Cricket, Football & Rugby (mainly as a spectator sport):
The Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Corlett Drive, Melrose Arch, is a premier cricketing stadium with world class facilities (log on to their website for fixture dates for the 2012/13 season). The Stadium hosted what many cricket fans consider the greatest ever ODI match. It also hosts matches in the first class SuperSport Series, the one-day MTN Domestic Championship and the Twenty20 Standard Bank Pro 20 Series. The city has several football clubs in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the National First Division. Several large scale league and cup games are played at the FNB Stadium, the venue of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final (see under Museums, Culture & Heritage on our Tourist Attractions for organised tours of the venue). Rugby fixtures are also played at the same venue as well as at Coca-Cola Park.
A state-of-the-art 5-a-side-Football facility has been built on the grounds of the Wanderers Sports Club.
Adrenaline junkies can get their fix at Acrobranch newly-opened in 2012 in the James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose. This takes the form of an obstacle course through trees secured by cables and a harness. From 2 years old up to 77 years old, they've got courses for everyone, from easy to difficult, and a 200m-long Zip line! And on our Museums, Culture & Heritage page youíll find details of the bungee jump from the 100m Orlando Towers. Rock-climbing, hiking, canoeing, mountain-biking, ballooning and similar pursuits can all be had within an hourís drive of Rosebankís surrounding suburbs.
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