By the end of September, the passionate golfers of Soweto should have an excellent idea of the incredible quality of their new golf course at Soweto Country Club.
Soweto Country Club’s transformation will almost be complete when the final kikuyu grass is laid by mid-September.
According to Phil Jacobs, who is leading the golf course construction team of Southern Turf Management (STM) on behalf of the original designer Gary Player, the project that has captured the imagination of the South African golf community and also secured valuable international support is well on schedule.
It’s now down to the grassroots of this community development project, so to speak.
“All the greens including the short game green and putting green are ready for seeding. This seeding with bent grass will start in August,” said Jacobs.
“All the tees are ready for kikuyu grass planting, which we plan to begin in the second week of August. Tall grasses in the rough will be hydro-seeded at the end of September.”
Jacobs and his team are currently focused on the bunkering of the golf course. “All the bunkers have been rough-shaped, and the detail work is currently ongoing.”
The irrigation system on all of the holes has also been completed, with the main irrigation pump station currently being commissioned.
The upgrade of the golf course is the third phase in one of the most ambitious golf development projects undertaken in South Africa, and which has received the overwhelming support of major tours such as the PGA Tour, European Tour and Sunshine Tour, the R&A as well as the City of Johannesburg, corporate giants such as Investec Property, Geo Cloud, SuperSport, Telkom, PWC, Bidvest, Gary Player, Gary Player Design and Di-Data, and private sponsors such as the Nestadt family, Robin Magid, Sam Hackner, Greg Cohen, David Nagle, Parks Tau, Solly Kramer and Richard Wainwright.