Few, if any, new golf estates or courses are likely to ever be built from scratch in SA again. But a number of existing developments, many of which hit the wall after the 2009/2010 housing crash, are getting a new lease of life. Uber-exclusive golf and equestrian estate Blair Atholl, a stone’s throw from Lanseria International Airport on Johannesburg’s western outskirts, is a case in point. The 400ha estate was launched in 2007 by developer Robbie Wray, who bought the land from golfing legend Gary Player. Like many of his fellow golf-estate developers, Wray ran into financial trouble a few years later when sales dried up on the back of the global financial crisis and subsequent recession. A protracted legal dispute between Wray and the Blair Atholl Home Owners Association (HOA) followed, which effectively left the estate in limbo for a number of years. The outcome of the litigation in late 2017 meant the HOA took full ownership of Blair Atholl’s common property, which includes the 1...

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