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Comment from: Michael C. Roseto [Visitor]
Tim, YOu are in for a nice surprise. I've been taking golf tours to SA since 1972 and I can assure you that the experience will only make you want to return many times. Be sure to take in the older courses, those established by the Dutch and English during colonial days. In Durban, it is the Durban Golf Club located near the city center. Alf Sutheim may still be there as the general manager. Also in Durban, try to get out to Kloof GC. Then further out in the sugar cane fields you will find 2 courses originally built for the company officials.

While in Capetown be sure you go out to the lush area of Stollenboesch with its reputable course built adjacent to some of the vineyards. They have some wonderful country hotels in that same area.

On the Garden Route out of Durban, you will find a very early Robert Trent Jones, Sr course....the name escapes me just now (no time to look it up).

At Jo-burg, you have some very challenging courses with the main one being Royal Johannesburg.

Most likelyh you will be going to Sun City...a nice drive by car passing the new Jack Nicklaus complex on the way over. Gary PLayer has the most influence here. And, be sure you take some pictures of the Alligators in the various pits and canyons. Here you have to drive the ball over the canyon since it is most certainly out of play but not out of bounds. Thye stroke is not worth the possible loss of a foot.
The people around the clubs are particularly accommodating and friendly. You find this also to be so at the Ernie Els courses going towards George.

You no doubt have all this information but I just want to wish you a great trip to a wonderful part of the Golf World.

Michael C. Roseto
Founder - Wide World of Golf (1958)
Golf Arts & Imports, Carmel, CA
and Luxury Golf Link.
email: mcrgolf@mindspring.com
2005-01-18 @ 12:08
Comment from: Scott Ferrell [Visitor]
Dear Mr. McDonald,

As President of Gary Player Design, I wish you the best for your trip to South Africa.

I am an American, but have traveled to South Africa numerous times for obvious reasons. That country's beauty is truly unbelievable, and I know that you will have a memorable experience touring the golf properties there.

The champions South Africa has produced is quite impressive...from Bobby Locke to Gary Player to Ernie Els to Retief Goosen. While we have been designing golf courses there for over 20 years, recent developement activity suggests that the country is establishing itself as a premier golf destination as well.

It would be a pleasure to assist you if you are planning to visit any of our properties, including The Links at Fancourt (host to the dramatic 2003 Presidents Cup), Gary Player Country Club (home of the annual Nedbank Challenge), Leopard Creek (in beautiful Kruger Park), and Erinvale (near Cape Town and previous host to the South African Airways Open).

Enjoy your trip and let us know if we can help. I look forward to reading your review.

Regards,
Scott Ferrell
Gary Player Design
2005-01-21 @ 16:53
Comment from: Robert Henderson [Visitor]
I lived in SA from 66 to 68 long time ago, I know. There are some great courses and I'm sure many new ones. You'll probably fly in through Jo'burg. Take the time to play Kyalami out north near the grand prix track. I was a member there, a nice members/visitors course with some great holes. There's also some good courses nearer the city - a Gary Player one (Wanderers?, Broughton? or something like that was another nice one.
Friends of mine played a year or so ago in the Cape, near George, and raved about it. The other famous ones have already been mentioned.
I'm hoping to go there next winter. One point, I know golf writers get freebies on travel, hotels, etc, but when you do your write-up, remember the poorer, paying golfers. Let's hear about reasonable price hotels and courses with realistic green fees (not just the chanpionship venues).
P.S. If you ever plan to visit France, I can recommend lot's of places and courses; it's one of the best destinations for choice and price right now with super courses from the grand and famous to everyday nice layouts.
Regards
Bob Henderson (an exiled Scot in Luxembourg!)
2005-01-25 @ 06:14

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