About Pirates

Founded more than a century ago in 1888, Pirates Club Greenside is the oldest sports club in Gauteng and one of the three oldest in the country. In 1952, after relocating several times in the central Johannesburg area, we found a permanent home in Sir Lionel Phillips Park on the Greenside/Parkhurst border. This park was donated to the city by the Sir Lionel Phillips Trust, with the proviso that it may never be developed for any purposes other than civic sport.

Pirates currently supports and provides facilities for eight (8) sporting codes – baseball, bowls, cricket, hockey, road running, rugby, squash and tennis.


As the leading public sports club in mid-Johannesburg, Pirates serves the suburbs of Greenside, Parkhurst, Parkview, Emmarentia, Linden, Northcliff, Craighall Park, Parktown and Blairgowrie.

These previously white middle/upper class suburbs have transformed recently because of the excellent location between the city CBD and Sandton CBD and are transforming into vibrant New South African urban communities.  Further, Pirates has become an integral part of the surrounding communities by allowing primary and high schools in the region access to facilities that they would ordinarily not be able to provide to their learners.

Over the years Pirates has established an illustrious sporting record and is South Africa’s only non-university club to win both the national rugby and cricket championships.

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Choose your Sport & Find Out More!

  • Baseball
  • Rugby
  • Bowling Club
  • Road Running
  • Cricket
  • Squash
  • Gym
  • Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Tri-Club

Latest News At Pirates

NEWSLETTER – 17 November 2016

It's the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge this weekend, good luck to all members taking part and read more below how you can show your support! Remember there will be road closures, particularly along Jan Smuts Drive, click here for live traffic updates. The Bokke continue...

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The rains have arrived and our thirsty grounds are getting their green on. Bowls, tennis and cricket all have fixtures over the weekend so don't be shy to show your support! Even if you team didn't make it the Currie Cup final between Cheetahs and Blue Bulls kicks off...

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On that note Free State Cheetahs take on Golden Lions at 15:00 on Saturday in the Currie Cup semi-finals. We all know who is top of the food chain in this one but we're sure you won't want to miss it if you're a proud Lions supporter! The Telkom 94.7 Cycle Challenge...

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