Gary Player‚ the designer of the original golf course at the Soweto Country Club in South Africa‚ will re-design the course at no cost as part of a refurbishment of the facility. The re-design is due to begin by the end of the year.
Player’s involvement is in addition to the initial funding of R1m sourced with the help of the Sunshine Tour‚ European Tour, as well as various other private sponsors‚ to refurbish the club. The project has already seen the building of a new club house‚ a new practice facility‚ a conference centre‚ and a fence constructed along two boundaries of the golf course itself. The existing storage facility will be turned into a fully operational pro-shop and a South African Golf Development Board Academy‚ named after Rivonia Trialist‚ apartheid activist and avid golfer‚ Andrew Mlangeni.
Herman Mashaba, Mayor of Johannesburg said: “This will benefit the residents of Soweto‚ as well as [those] from surrounding areas, and will go a long way towards creating business and job opportunities‚ as well as access to major sporting codes and tournaments‚ such as the Joburg Open, to all our residents‚ irrespective of class.”