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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.”

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