The mining town of Kathu, “the town under the trees,” sits in a huge Camelthorn forest at the southern edge of the Kalahari Desert in the Northern Cape. This extensive bush area, along with a number of nearby saltpans, was given nature reserve heritage status in 1994.
Sishen Golf Club is located on the edge of town and the course was constructed by the Sishen Iron Ore Mine in 1979, three years after the completion of a railway line to Sandanha on the Western Cape opened up export markets, expanding mining operations in the town.
The original intention of mine manager Solly Watson was to spend a quarter of a million rand on a 9-hole layout, but that budget was doubled, then that sum tripled before an 18-hole layout was completed at a cost of 1.5 million rand.Sishen was the last course designed by Robert Grimsdell and its lush green fairways (thanks to a recently installed irrigation system) are bounded by stands of trees and desert vegetation – visiting golfers are often pleasantly surprised by the great condition of the course in such an arid golfing outpost.
May 01, 2011