Durban Golf Club 90th Anniversary Celebrations

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On Sunday 29th July 2018 Durban Golf Club introduced its activities in regard to its 90th Anniversary Celebrations. On November 17th DGC will host the 90th Anniversary Tournament together with a celebrated Banquet. Also we shall produce a full colour souvenir brochure reflecting on DGC’s rich history. This was announced after DGC hosted the Presidents Cup. Our President, Sanil Rampersad, kindly sponsored the golf Tournament. The Tournament itself attracted some 120 golfers and was keenly contested over 18 holes. We were blessed with a typical “Summers Day” with warm sunshine and conducive golf course conditions; perhaps the after effects of the lunar eclipse. It was indeed an enjoyable day ending with an enjoyable lunch.

Sanil invited our former Presidents together with some elders of the club. In his address Sanil paid tribute to all our previous leaders who not only founded the club in 1928 but also over decades upon decades, with their hard work, passion and commitment had not only laid a solid foundation but also grown the club to a level where it positions itself today. An area to be admired with considerable thought was the notable thorough administration coupled with the careful financial discipline. Note that many of our members were either detained without trial or banned because they fought against that evil system of apartheid. DGC was a founder member of SACOS, the sports wing of the Anti- Apartheid struggle. DGC embraced SACOS’s adage, “No normal Sport in an Abnormal Society.” In recognizing their effort and appreciation in leadership, Sanil presented each former President present with a memorable plaque.

DGC was founded in 1928 playing at Curries Fountain which had 9 holes. Golf was amongst other codes of sport that were located at Curries. Football, Cricket and Tennis were the others. Thus golfers were only allowed to play when the other codes didn’t use their respective facilities. However in 1954 the local authorities recognized the desired need form the local community in regard to the introduction of educational facilities. The local community having the foresight in advancing the education capacity amongst the younger generation rather than sport. Thus DGC was relocated to Springfield in 1961 where it managed the golf course with very little resources. Once again Springfield compromised of just 9 holes. Presently Makro now occupies the area where the golf course was located. Springfield was synonymous with our former rising golf star, Papwa Sewgolum. Then in 1976, the year when Hector Peterson made the headlines, the Railways expropriated the land alongside the Umgeni River and beyond. It not only affected golfers but the livelihood of many small scale market farmers. In 1982 DGC moved to its 3rd location and where it is currently located, appropriately named after our legend, Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course. Initially there were only 9 holes and in 1985 the golf course had a full complement of 18 holes. In 2006 DGC was eventually awarded the management contract and immediately there was a distinct improvement in playing conditions. To date we are still engaging with EThekwini Municipality and hopefully our contract will be extended instead of managing it on a year to year basis. The club enjoys a healthy membership with keenly contested weekly Tournaments. It also commits itself in promoting and developing golf for the next generation. Free Junior Golf Development lessons are held on every Saturday morning. Currently we have 33 learners registered and hopefully before we reach our majestic century we shall have another Tiger Woods amongst them.

Babs Govender, Johnny Pirthipal, Ahmed Solwa, Justice Thumba Pillay, Miss India, Sanil Rampersadh, Farouk Kha
Sanil Rampersadh with some former Presidents: Robert Manjoo, Rohit Desai, Justice Thumba Pillay, Siva Padayachee, Dr Rush Mkize

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