Chintsa River Golfing Estate on track

View of the area in the vicinity of the Chintsa River Golfing Estate.
The R2 billion Chintsa River Golfing Estate on the Eastern Cape coast near East London is well on track and expected to spark an economic boom for the area, according to a media release issued by marketing agents Pam Golding Properties East London.

With final environmental approval received from the Department of Agriculture in April, construction of the first golf course holes begins this spring. Before the end of this year, construction commences on the first 24 homes, priced from around R2,8 million including the site.
"Phase 1 sales have been very encouraging with approximately 50 percent of the 102 stands already purchased," says PGP East London area principal, Hanlie Bassingthwaighte.

Five house types have been designed by well-known architect Bill Stroud, who has designed both residential and golfing estates in some of the most picturesque places around the globe, in countries, which include Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean Islands, Cyprus, Sardinia, and Sicily.

Golf course designer Peter McEvoy, who is doing the golf course designing, affectionately refers to the project as 'Scotland, but without the weather'. "Having researched many of the best golf estates in South Africa, I believe Chintsa has enormous potential," he says.

Says Bassingthwaighte: "The five house styles follow a theme that harmoniously complements the environment, with a natural flow from indoor to outdoor, high ceilings and exposed rafters, spacious rooms, soothing earthy colours, and thatch or corrugated iron roofs.

"As many as 2 000 people will be employed at the height of the construction phases. Development of the Golfing Estate will be carried out in strict adherence to the environmental guidelines, and will be regularly monitored by East London environmentalist Sandy Muller," she adds.

The homes will be built in manageable phases, with landscaping carried out concurrently to ensure that residents do not live on a building site.
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