Cape Town - The
Sunshine Ladies Tour announced on Friday that the 2018 South African Women's
Open will move to Westlake Golf Club in Muizenberg from March 8-10.
venue change of the R2-million Sunshine Ladies Tour showpiece -
co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour - was prompted by the damage
caused at the original venue,
Atlantic Beach Country Club, by the prolonged drought in the Western
we have had to take the very difficult decision to move the
South African Women's Open," said Sunshine Tour chief executive Selwyn
decision had basically been made for us. In spite of the best
environmental practices, the drought has taken its toll on the condition
of Atlantic Beach Country
Club, in particular the greens.
time is not on our side. We had to consider the long-term damage to the
reputation of the Sunshine Ladies Tour, Ladies European Tour and
in hosting an international event at a venue that is less than perfect.
are devastated for Atlantic Beach and sincerely hope that they can
repair the damage swiftly in order to get their course back to its
are delighted that the tournament will be going forward and we extend
our deepest appreciation to the management and executive committee of
Westlake Golf Club for
stepping forward to accommodate our national women's championship."
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Lesley Copeman from World Sports Promotions applauded Westlake Golf Club for their swift response.
were in a serious predicament since the tourist season in Cape Town is
at its peak and most of the golf clubs in the Western Cape are fully
booked," said Copeman.
Smith, the general manager at Westlake Golf Club, called us almost
immediately. They have moved heaven and earth to re-schedule their diary
to accommodate the South African Women's Open. The fact that Westlake makes use of
effluent water is a big plus. They will be able to present us with a
course in excellent condition.
sincere thanks go out to Allen Usher, Tony Louw and the greens staff at
Atlantic Beach for all their efforts. They did everything possible to
prepare the course.
We sincerely hope that they are able to restore Atlantic Beach to its
usual pristine condition soon."
Dixon, head of marketing for Investec, commended all the parties for
taking swift action to guarantee that the event goes ahead whilst
ensuring minimum municipal
was certainly not an easy decision, but we are satisfied that the
Sunshine Ladies Tour, WPGA and World Sports Promotions acted in the best
interest of the players,
Atlantic Beach Country Club, the championship and Cape Town's water
crisis. We look forward to hosting a top-class field at a world-class
from Westlake said the club was honoured to step in and excited at the
prospect of showcasing Cape Town and Westlake in the prestigious
drought is a tough reality here in the Western Cape, but we are in a
very fortunate position with our effluent water scheme," he said. "It
was unthinkable that
the City of Cape Town should lose an international event of this
will be a different test to the links layout at Atlantic Beach, but the
course has hosted many flagship national amateur events and
and we are confident that it will provide a testing challenge for the
are proud to take over the hosting role from Atlantic Beach to ensure
that the Investec South African Women's Open remains in the City of Cape