In 2003, Clovelly Country Club launched a golf and caddy development programme to encourage transformation in golf. Young people living in the nearby areas of Ocean View and Masiphumelele would benefit not only from learning the skills required to play golf but also from the life skills inherent in the game.
This programme was gradually expanded to meet the needs of the children and in 2007 Jonathan Ackerman founded the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy as a Trust. He took on the responsibility of Chairman and nominated Trustees who shared his passion for giving the children in our communities a fairer chance in life.
Over the years, RAGA has grown into a unique youth development programme offering extensive after school academic support, a wide range of life skills activities and coaching in the fundamentals of golf under the guidance of qualified PGA professionals.
Jonathan Ackerman, Chairman
My father, Raymond Ackerman, has always believed that by investing in talented youngsters, we not only experience the joy that comes with nurturing a young person; we also ensure rich returns for South Africa in the future. It is for this reason that the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy was established. I am very proud to be involved with these young people. It is an honour to watch them grow, work hard, enjoy themselves and see them take on all challenges with the utmost enthusiasm.