from South Africa
South Africa unfortunately has fallen foul of the American dream, to provide bigger and longer golf courses at great expense, and the only way to create this is through the co-development of golf course estates/resorts. The last public golf course was built in South Africa 29 years ago and, obviously the media does not help, as one always sees the greener and more spectacular tournaments, and yet this is only accessible for the privileged few and professional golfers.
We believe that golf courses should be rated in different categories e.g. resort courses, state courses or private courses and pay and play facilities. In order to grow the game of golf, golf courses should be more affordable and accessible, even if it means that nine hole golf courses with two sets of tees are developed.
Other factors that will influence the maintenance of golf courses is to make use of native grasses which will provide a seasonal growth pattern which in turn will also provide an alternative game, according to the season. A lot less water would be required to maintain these ”indigenous” courses.