Scary stat: Over 50% of golf courses in SA could close – forever



  • GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn revealed that they’re weeks away from shedding 50 p.c of programs nationwide.
  • Hepburn acknowledged that over 85 p.c of the employed employees within the golf trade are from the weak sector.
  • Hepburn is at the moment working with the federal government to ease restrictions on leisure golf.

GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn stays involved over the influence the coronavirus pandemic may have on the golf trade within the nation. 

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As of 16 March, the Sunshine Tour suspended all motion as South Africa went into an preliminary nationwide 21-day lockdown.

At current, South Africa is at Alert Degree Three, which noticed the easing of sure restrictions with the intention to regulate the unfold of Covid-19.

Beneath Degree Three, skilled non-contact sport is permitted, however with no leisure or novice sport allowed.

GolfRSA has been in fixed communication with the federal government and is combating for the reopening of golf programs as quickly as attainable.

“The longer it (lockdown) takes the extra programs we are going to lose… we’re speaking in days or even weeks,” Hepburn stated in a video interview.

“It is the (novice) golfers that deliver within the cash for the trade to outlive, it is them paying to play that enables the golf equipment to have an revenue and it is that revenue that sustains jobs.”

Final week, Hepburn stated the nation was weeks away from shedding 50 p.c of its programs.

Hepburn careworn the significance of opening up all golf programs instantly.

“That determine of 50 p.c will develop, as a result of proper now these golf equipment are closing they usually’re not closing for a number of weeks,” he stated.

“We’re speaking about golf equipment that might be closed and misplaced perpetually. The roles that go along with that might be misplaced as nicely… there’s near 40 000 individuals and 85 p.c employed within the golf trade are from the weak sector.”

No plans have been communicated as but by the Sunshine Tour concerning motion through the winter season.

The European Tour launched their rescheduled season final month with the Nedbank Golf Problem at Solar Metropolis now anticipated to happen from Three-6 December 2020.

Hepburn believes that the continuing lockdown might financially influence the a number of Sunshine Tour golf programs across the nation. 

“The place are we going to have golf tournaments if the amenities don’t survive?” questioned Hepburn.

“If we are able to get the go-ahead then we are able to rescue these golf programs and the trade then a number of months down the highway, we’ll begin golf tournaments.”

– Compiled by Lynn Butler



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