Johannesburg - Both the Gary Player Golf Course (GPGC) and the Lost City Golf Course (LCGC) at Sun City Resort in the North West were closed for urgent repairs on Sunday following the severe hail storm at the resort earlier this weekend, resort management said.
The GPGC was the worst affected and would also need to be closed on Monday. Emergency crew members were working overtime to get the LCGC up and running by Monday, a statement said.
The pump house at GPGC was completely flooded up to roof height, damaging pumps and the main DB boards. The bridge on the fourth hole was washed away and greens had small indentations due to the hail but would recover in the next few days.
Earlier on Sunday, chief operating officer Thabo Mosololi said certain sections of Sun City Resort would be open on Sunday for day visitors and hotel guests. "Sun City can confirm that Sun Central and the Valley of the Waves will be open today [Sunday] for day visitors and hotel guests," he said.
In a statement earlier, Mosololi said the situation at the resort was under control and mopping up operations were underway. "Sun City Resort can confirm that a freak hail storm which hit the North West region of the Pilansberg and surrounding areas around 4.30pm yesterday [Saturday] afternoon has caused damage to buildings and vehicles. The resort can confirm that the situation is... under control," he said.