RESTOR­ING PAY-AND-PLAY IN JOBURG

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Disruptors Innovators & Risk-Takers -

Gaut­eng golfers lost a valu­able as­set when the Hud­dle Park mu­nic­i­pal com­plex (3 cour­ses in its hey­day) was closed down after years of ne­glect. The large prop­erty be­came over­grown, a haven for va­grants, and dan­ger­ous to en­ter, un­til in 2012 a Jo­han­nes­burg busi­ness­man, David Bagg, and golf in­struc­tor Mike Kletz ( be­low), had the vi­sion to re­ha­bil­i­tate and re­store the Blue Course to its for­mer glory. Bagg in­vested heav­ily in the project, and a year ago the new Hud­dle Park was opened. He helped breathe new life into the Links­field area, and bring peo­ple back into what is a beau­ti­ful park.

To­day the Hud­dle Park fa­cil­ity is busy not only with golfers from Tues­day to Sun­day, but also moun­tain bik­ers on a new trail within the prop­erty. It’s a per­fect first stop for new golfers; there’s a pro shop, range, par-3 course, and putt-putt.

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