NKANA Golf Club has hired South African experts to refurbish the course

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NKANA Golf Club has hired South African experts to refurbish the course ahead of the prestigious 2014 Mopani Copper Mines-Zambia Open Championship.

With the arrival of the experts from Mark Wilshire Golf Club, who two years ago gave Chingola’s Nchanga Golf Club a complete facelift, Nkana has since closed the course for two weeks to pave way for the renovations.

Mopani has made a commitment to improve the infrastructure, surroundings and refurbish the golf club to international standards.

Nkana captain, Elario Musonda said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the golf course was closed on Monday to allow the experts do some professional works and would only re-open on October 19.

Musonda said the experts were working on the greens, tee boxes, fairways and bunkers which would be improved to international standards.

He said so far the new water reticulation system has been installed and watering the course has commenced.

Musonda, who is Zambia Golf Union (ZGU) executive member north, said all necessary course equipment were already on the ground to ensure an uninterrupted works.

The ZGU official, who is also Zambia Open Organising Committee (ZOOC)’s tournament vice-chairperson, said most of the clubhouse projects were 80 per cent complete and that the state-of-art kitchen is expected to be commissioned next Friday, October 18.

Title sponsors, Mopani has already staked R1.5 million (about K795, 000) for prize money.

The Emmanuel Mutati-headed ZOOC has set a budget of K4.5 million for the successful hosting of the 2014 Mopani Zambia Open Championship in May and has since invited other would-be sponsors to come on board and help make next year’s tournament a memorable event.