A member of the club and a visitor playing with him were approached by two men on Sunday between 14:00 and 15:00 while they were between the fifth and sixth hole.
Club manager, Dewald Smit, says one of the robbers was armed and threatened the players with a visible firearm while demanding money. He says the robbers fled the scene on foot with the cash. According to him the victims immediately reported the incident to the club, after which police reacted swiftly. Smit says it was an isolated incident.
There were isolated problems in the past, but not to the extent that a firearm was involved and used to threaten people. “We are aware that it can happen again that is why we need to step up.”
Extra security officers will be deployed to patrol the course during the day.
Smit says the club is dedicated to ensuring the safety of its players hence this incident is not taken lightly. “Obviously for us as the Bloemfontein Golf Club is very important that our members and visitors feel safe whenever they come to play or visit the club.”
A golfer who frequently plays on this course told Bloemfontein Courant last night he will continue playing at the club despite the incident.
According to Smit there were no cancellations by players following the incident. He did not want to reveal the identity of the players out of respect for their privacy. – Christal-Lize Muller