NORTH WEST BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL
Golf clubs in the North West Province are having a tough time in terms of survival, coupled with the recession and one of the worst droughts in decades. It’s possible that many smaller courses will close. Even one of the premier courses, Rustenburg, is feeling the pinch. It’s a sign of the times in the North West that we are having our 72-hole North West Open at Sun City in April, the first time ever it has gone there. I presume that Sun City also need the rounds.
– Leon Bevan
Note: Dave Horak had a pleasant surprise in January when he visited Goldfields West, the former mine course near Carletonville which used to be the permanent host of the Western Transvaal Open in years gone by. “They have had good rains, and the greens staff have done an amazing job. The greens are the best I have seen them for the last 10 years. The fairways have good definition and bunkers a major improvement. The lady in the pro shop confirmed that no one was sponsoring the course, the club still has to pay the mine for water and electricity. A pleasant way to spend Sunday morning, with a halfway house breakfast of steak, eggs and chips for R40 and well prepared by Frans who has been the chef there for 32 years.”