Another ‘Borrowdale Brooke’ for Ruwa

A NEW golf resort and residential estate has been planned for the former Ruwa golf and country club, a leading property house has said.

Clive Mphambela

Trust Properties managing director Isaac Chimbetete told businessdigest this week that all the necessary groundwork for the property development to commence is now done.

“The result demonstrates how the best aspects of a members only residential club development can be successfully combined with resort facilities to create a unique lifestyle destination,” Chimbetete said.

The estate will house a new hotel and other amenities that will enable both Zimbabwean and foreign golf enthusiasts to share this facility with residents.

According to Trust Properties, the former Ruwa Country Club has a recently completed brand new 18-hole championship golf course and the 75-year old clubhouse has undergone extensive refurbishment which was “designed to retain its old charm whilst at the same time delivering modern conveniences”.

Situated east of Harare approximately 26 kilometres along Mutare Road, the new estate is within easy reach for most golfers.

“The existing club facilities and the development are owned and operated by Ruwa Golf Resort Holdings Limited which is also the developer,” Chimbetete said.

The estate will sit on 144 hectares (360 acres) and was created by consolidating two adjoining properties, one of which housed the original Ruwa Golf and Country club. The new property has been sub-divided to create a “recreational area” comprising the golf course, hotel, conference centre and other facilities.

The remainder is divided into 168 residential stands of approximately 2000 square metres (half an acre) each. These stands will be sold for residential development on a freehold title basis.

Purchasers of residential stands, which will be serviced by the developer, will be required to meet certain minimum building standards and conform to external uniformity of roofing pitch, materials, exterior window profiles and finishes.

The up-market golf resort will be Zimbabwe’s second such development after Borrowdale Brooke.