Near the city of Salisbury in Rhodesia lies the Gleneagles golf course. But it bears?
Near the city of Salisbury in Rhodesia lies the Gleneagles golf course. But it bears little resemblance to it famous namesake in Scotland.
The course has been hewn out of the bush. Its fairways are dusty and dotted with light scrub and the putting greens are bare patches of sand.
The Gleneagles club has an exclusively African membership and last weekend (July 8-10). the club stated the All African National Golf Championship of Rhodesia.
The eventual winner came in with a score of 287 for the four rounds -- equivelenant to a one under par 72.
Under the difficult playing conditions, it was fine golf. At Gleneagles, anybody who can go around in under 75 is considered a good player.
Work on the course began in 1959 and it was formed gradually by a group of African golf enthusiasts with occasional help from sympathetic Europeans who lent machinery to work the rough ground.
The club - which has 110 members - holds a fifteen year lease on the course. The lease is due to run out in another two year and club members are worried about the future.
Salisbury municipality , which has recently taken over control of the land form the Rhodesian government, says it wants the area for future development -- probably housing.
The african golfers fear the if the land is taken they will have nowhere to play.
This Visnews film contacted the dusty Gleneagles course with the exclusively European Chapman course in Salisbury where the greens and fairways are kept watered by irrigation. As yet, Africans have not been invited to join the Champman club.
SYNOPSIS: Near Salisbury (in Rhodesia) ??? the Gleneales golf course. It has Eighteen holes, but there the resemblance to its famous Scottish namesake ends. Its rough and dusty fairways were formed after many years of effort by a group of African golfers with occasional help form sympathetic Europeans.
Players tee off from a flat patch of sand down a fairway which looks like a continuous bunker.
Last weekend the Gleneagles club staged the All-African Rhodesian national championships. The winner Anderson Rusike - carded 287 over four rounds, equivalent to 4 under par. At Gleneagles anybody who can score under 75 - par is 72 - is regarded as a very good player.
Rough as it is , the African members of the Gleneagles club are afraid of loading their course. The club's lease expires in another two years and the Salisbury municipality says it wants the land for future city development.
In contrast to the African course, the greens and fairways of the exclusively European Chapman course in Salisbury are kept wanted and lush. The chances o??? African golfers playing her if their course is closed are sligh ??? So far, no African has been in???ted to play on the Chapmen course or to join the club. It's also a question of cost. While the African Gleneagles club members pay six dollars fifty a year (about GBP2.50 sterling), fees at the Chapman begin at fifty dollars (nearly GBP20 starling)