Kragga Kamma Golf Course is not closing down

2018-02-07 06:00
Kragga Kamma Golf Course.

Kragga Kamma Golf Course. (TANYA VAN ZYL)

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THE rumours that surfaced towards the end of last year that Kragga Kamma Golf Course is shutting down are not true, said Frans Schellingerhout, president of the Kragga Kamma Golf Club.

According to him, the rumours really started gaining momentum in the last quarter of last year.

“Personally, I believe that this could have been malicious in order to lure players away from our course. I do not know exactly who started it, but when the ‘For Sale’ board was put at the entrance, I really got word of the rumours,” he continued.

“Perhaps the originator(s) did not know that the club committee was already hard at work to come to an agreement with the land owners.” Schellingerhout said that instead of the golf course closing down, quite the opposite was happening.

“The golf course is under new management (a member group has taken it over) and with a full-time greenkeeper things are already showing a major improvement.”

He added that one of the partners in the landowner group had always been in control of the privately owned golf course but decided to scale back on his involvement in the club due to health reasons.

“This prompted the club committee to look at a plan which would ensure the continuation of the golf course.

“As things progressed towards the end of 2017, the committee involved some club members with extended expertise and was expanded.

“The members are Henry Huygen, Braam Kruger, Mike Krug, Ralton Potgieter and myself. We also still have Louis Hay as part of the owners’ group sitting in on our committee meetings and giving guidance,” Schellingerhout said.

The new club committee has officially been in effect since January 1.

The Kragga Kamma Golf Club is also hosting a club competition every Saturday, which will be expanded to a major competition every first Saturday of the month.

Non-SAGA affiliated players were also given an opportunity to compete, something that, according Schellingerhout, was not usually done at golf courses.

The club was not only open to golfers, though, as it boasts facilities for a number of others sports, such as squash, table tennis and swimming.

“We have refurbished an existing out-of-use borehole and water availability is now no longer a concern.”

For more info on the Kragga Kamma Golf Club, go to www.kraggakammagolf.com, contact them on 041 379 4155 or visit their Facebook page.

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