LIVINGSTONE Golf and Country Club captain Noah Lupiya has complained that the continued use of the Livingstone Golf Course for public gatherings is damaging it.
In an interview, Lupiya said seven of the club’s nine greens had been damaged as a result of the hosting of Nigerian singer Patoranking during the Zambian Breweries’ Mosi-Day of Thunder music festival last month.
“Due to the extensive damage done to the golf course we have lost the rights to host the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA-TFCA) tournament which now has been moved to Choma…people during the Mosi-Day of Thunder were just driving around. Out of the nine greens in use, seven have been damaged, especially Green1 and 3. On 1 the damage [was] caused by heavy motor vehicles…we have done a report to Zambian Breweries and they have indicated that they will repair the damages. We have a lot of broken bottles all over the fairways and greens,” Lupiya said.
He said after the concert, the golf course was used for a church crusade.
The golf club is under the administration of Little Park whose proprietor is said to be in Sudan and a care-taker is in charge of the day-day activities of the club which also has outstanding legal matters before court.
And Livingstone mayor Eugene Mapuwo said he had received the complaints of damages and litter to 1908 Golf Club and has since informed the Zambians Breweries that future Day of Thunder events will not be held at the club.
“We are putting measures that in the coming years we will take the event to either Villa Grounds or Maramba Stadium so that we safeguard the golf club,” said Mapuwo.