Golf academy plans teed up

2016-07-05 12:45
Suzette Little, ward councillor for ward 49, says that should the development of the golf academy go ahead, that the Vygieskraal river will be fenced off and become part of the development.

Suzette Little, ward councillor for ward 49, says that should the development of the golf academy go ahead, that the Vygieskraal river will be fenced off and become part of the development.

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Plans are afoot to establish a golfing footprint in the Athlone area after a motion was submitted to the City of Cape Town’s portfolio committee for approval.

The open plot of land on the corners of Klipfontein Road and Jakes Gerwel Drive (erf 32604) has been earmarked as the proposed site for the development of the academy.

Ward councillor Suzette Little says: “It is exciting for me to have a golfing academy on that particular site, because historically that was the very first golf course in Athlone. That was the site of our very first driving range. It was not an 18-hole golf course, because nobody would have built it, but there was a driving range where people of colour would practice their golf.”

The Kurt Stripp Golf Academy proposed the development of the academy which aims to introduce primary school learners to the sport with the help of community organisations in the area.
“It was very exciting for me to have a group of people come through and really start up and claim a bit of history for our area, which is wonderful. I asked them if they give some reference and find some of the folk that had played there, that is of course prior to them to putting up the pylons over there,” adds Little.

Little says the site for the prospective academy will also stretch to behind Vangate Mall between Athlone A’s baseball club and Bosduif Avenue and on both sides of the Vygieskraal River, which Little says has become a health hazard.

“The Vygieskraal River is a problem, because people are living in the river, I am not talking about on the banks of the river. I genuinely do not know why. One would have thought that they would have put it up on the bank of the river. They are there and it is used as a dumping site, because some of the shops at Vangate Mall are dumping there and if I can get that river closed and part of the golf course, it would serve a great purpose, it would help with many problems that we have in the area,” explains Little.

She says there will be great interest from the surrounding areas of Bokmakierie, Gatesville, Kewtown and Silvertown.
“We are going to have the golf course back. There will be an opportunity for our young people to learn a different sport than what they are used to. Golf is a very exciting sport. Some of the children in Bokmakierie are actually just using that Third Avenue sports field and just knocking around a golf ball. So it is good and they must have some proper, practical training.”

One of the proposals to the development is that the academy is going to be providing some of the children with free training.
However, first the motion will need to be discussed at the next portfolio meeting.
“Once that happens, and then we start discussing the ins and outs about how they are going to go about putting this together. We can then come back with an answer as to what we are going to be doing.”

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