MAZABUKA Golf Club is planning to extend its golf course from nine holes to 18 to reach the international standards.
Speaking in an interview yesterday in Mazabuka, captain Henry Mambwe revealed that the club was in talks with successful farmer Constain Chilala to be given land for the extension of the golf course.
“Mazabuka Golf Club cannot host the Zambia Sugar Open Championship because it has only nine holes and not the standard 18. But intentions to extend the course to 18 holes are on the agenda, “We are hoping Chilala will be able to give us some land for extension of the course. I am hopeful that in few years’ time, we will be able to host prestigious tournaments,” he said.
He said the desire to extend the course called for adequate resources. “It calls for financial and material support for the idea to be implemented. I believe golf is growing in Zambia and hence the need to have more standard golf courses, “he said.
Meanwhile, Mambwe who is Zambia Sugar finance director said his company had spent K6 million towards the improvement and maintenance of the Mazabuka golf course in eight years.
“Zambia Sugar and Mazabuka golf club in 2008 signed an agreement to improve and maintain the course. The company spends about K750 000 each year towards the maintenance of the course,
“This is a great investment that has seen the beautiful current status of the course. We have a staff of about 30, need tractors and other equipment for it to reach this beautiful standard, “he said.
He said the support from Zambia Sugar had seen more people take interest in the sport.
“We have about 50 junior golfers enhancing their talent. For us as a club, it’s a plus as we foresee an incredible and powerful senior national team,
“ The fact that we were able to add three golfers to a five member junior national team to represent Zambia at the African Championship in Tunisia next week gives us hope to groom more, ” he said.