The Municipality of Marondera is contemplating turning a golf course located along Harare-Mutare highway into a residential area.
Whilst residents have welcomed the decision, golfers who attended a budget consultative meeting at council chambers recently asked for a way forward saying that the golf course has been attracting local golfers from all over the country.
In response, Marondera Town Planner Never Besa revealed that the local government authority had since identified an alternative place in Rufaro Longlands, about 10km from the CBD. Besa said:
According to the1986 masterplan plan, the golf course area was reserved for the CBD extension.
This therefore means that the space will be turned onto commercial stands. However, we have identified a place in Rufaro where a new golf course can be established.
Open Council reports that Marondera has been under immense pressure from Marondera Residents Association (MARA) who wanted the Municipality to unveil residential stands after the invasion of land near the golf course failed.
The publication further observes that although the decision might be a noble cause as it intends to provide shelter to residents, establishing a golf course is equally expensive and would require a lot of expertise which is reportedly in limited supply in Zimbabwe.
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