R20m revamp

2015-05-05 06:00

The same team that “breathed new energy” into projects like The Old Biscuit Mill and The Woodstock Exchange have done it again.

Jody Aufrichtig and Nick Ferguson are the driving forces behind the revamped River Club.

The revitalised old landmark building beside the Liesbeek River has been renovated to the tune of R20m.

At first the owners thought they could just paint and freshen up, but on closer inspection it became apparent that a total revamp was needed.

“The River Club has a wonderful history as a place where people came to relax, play sport and meet up. We are continuing with this tradition but we are making it more accessible and more fun too,” Aufrichtig says.

“The majority of the capital spend has been invested in renovating the eight conference rooms and introducing state-of-the-art facilities, as well as upgrading the golf facilities to bring them up to a high standard for members and guests to enjoy,” he says.

Adrian van Deventer, managing director of the club, says the property was in disrepair, but the club always “had so much potential , the owners wanted to realise it and share it with people”.

Construction began in May 2014 and was completed in March 2015.

“During construction and renovation there were about 18 jobs created and now that we are open, altogether 26 people are employed.

“Creating these jobs, and providing a fun and comfortable work environment is very important to us,” he says.

He says the club “has always served the community of Observatory and beyond” with the focus being on making it more accessible and offering a reasonably priced and popular restaurant on site.

“We have also ensured that the golf club membership is affordable and has access to both the driving range and Mashie Club. There is also no contract. Membership comes with the added benefit of free use of the River Rascal’s Kids Club – a secure and supervised play space for kids up until age 12,” he says.

Van Deventer says day visitors are always welcome and there are some fantastic programmes for adults and kids to learn golf.

“The vision was to make the space family-friendly, fun and affordable,” he says.

The club has started a new programme, Starting New at Golf, that is run by the Southern African Golf Institute. Van Deventer says this is a fun way to get grips with the basics of golf. “We are happy to say that we are seeing lots of little golfers on the driving range,” he says.

He further says the club “is exceptionally well situated” as it is near to the city, southern suburbs and airport.

He adds that the combination of a restaurant, conferencing and golf adds up to make it a hub of activity”.

“The building is also a beautiful Cape Town landmark with lots of history as a place for working, meeting and playing – not to mention its natural riverside setting,” Van Deventer adds.


For more information visit www.riverclub.co.za or email the River Club directly at info@riverclub.co.za

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