The World of Golf said on Tuesday it would support one of its employees with legal backing after a 60-year-old instructor was brutally assaulted in Johannesburg at the weekend.
Nathan Maluleke was beaten with a golf club by a man in the parking lot of the Woodmead facility on Saturday after trying to reason with a group who were arguing in the parking lot.
Apparently, a woman and two men were using racist language and Maluleke asked them to stop.
The World of Golf's Daryl Edgars said: "It's almost inexplicable to know why people's tempers boil over to the extent that it did. We'll support Nathan in every way we can to make sure he's looked after and justice is done."
Maluleke is currently in intensive care.
"On Saturday evening, an unacceptable altercation occurred at The World of Golf where a day visitor of the facility was involved in a fight with a member of staff," read a statement on The World of Golf's website.
"The incident started over racial abuse and regrettably escalated into a full-on fight, in which Nathan was severely beaten. Nathan is a long-serving golf professional... and a valued member of our team.
"At this point in time not all the details of the incident are clearly known, but both a police and internal investigation are taking place."