Social sustainability of golf developments in Knysna: an analysis of community perceptions
An aspiring golfing destination has emerged along South Africa‟s Garden Route in the Western Cape, the town of Knysna. Also known as the oyster of the Garden Route, Knysna has blossomed with development over the past years and attracted investors, developers and residents across international borders. Rapid urbanization and development have interrupted the social sustainability of the town‟s local community and as this trend continues so too does the fragmentation of its social sustainability. This research has placed its focus on Knysna‟s biggest local employers and one of the strongest tourist attractions, namely the golf developments. However this research investigates the perceptions of Knysna‟s community towards these elitist establishments, illustrating that Knysna‟s biggest contributors to employment and tourism revenue, may just be the greatest threat to its social sustainability.