Golf course facts wrong

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THE AR­TI­CLE “Poo pro­tester Lili tar­gets Mow­bray Golf Course for hous­ing for poor” (Weekend Ar­gus, Novem­ber 16) stated in­cor­rectly that the Mow­bray Golf Club’s lease ex­pires at the end of this year. In fact it ex­pires at the end of De­cem­ber 2020.

Mr Lili said the golf course is more than 5 000 hectares, and, while we would agree that many houses could be built on that, our golf course cov­ers roughly only 50 hectares.

It is un­for­tu­nate that ar­ti­cles such as this, that do more harm than good, are printed with in­cor­rect facts.

Mow­bray Golf Club, which is over 100 years old, has one of the bet­ter golf de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes in the Western Cape which pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to all to get ex­posed to golf.

Our de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme has been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful. We have club cham­pi­ons and a South Africa ju­nior cham­pion from a pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­nity.

We have over 850 mem­bers and our club is open to all.

Over 18 000 rounds a year are played by visi­tors, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional. We sup­port a num­ber of schools. Whereas Mow­bray Golf Club is sen­si­tive to the needs of the greater com­mu­nity of the Western Cape, it is our be­lief that there are large ar­eas of un­used land that can be ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment be­fore lo­cal au­thor­i­ties need to fo­cus on land that adds value to our lovely city and brings much needed rev­enue to the ben­e­fit of us all.

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