• Walmer Country Club: Twists and turns

    Walmer Country Club
    Still open for play

    The fight to save 76-year-old Walmer Country Club has not been given up with legal representatives labelling the earlier decision to shut its doors ‘premature’.

    While the on-course pro shop has been closed and stocked removed, the club was reopened on Monday after briefly closing its doors.

    The battle to save the club remains ongoing despite mounting debt estimated to be at around R9 million. Staff returned to work, despite reports of going unpaid for weeks, ahead of a meeting on Wednesday by members of the club who will vote on the future trading of Walmer CC.

    Attorney Francois Roux insists that club president Mike Crichton’s stance on the matter was incorrect and only a meeting of the members can decide on the club’s trading status.

    ‘People can still come and play,’ says Dawie Bosch, a club member who voluntarily looks after greens-keeping staff.

    More light has also been shed on the St Christopher’s School proposed deal. According to local news, the school may buy a portion of the land for over R12m; that money will then be put to paying off the club’s outstanding debt. The school has been approved by local government to use the facility for educational purposes but their initial investor has withdrawn.

    It remains to be seen whether or not the doors to Walmer Country Club are open on Thursday.

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